DREA awards schol­ar­ships to stu­dents

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ vic­to­ri­adorstar and on In­sta­gram @dorch­ester.star.

— The Dorch­ester Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion awarded two schol­ar­ships to Dorch­ester County stu­dents at its an­nual din­ner cer­e­mony on Thurs­day, May 11.

Arion Askins from Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School and Cloe Jack­son from North Dorch­ester High School, both se­niors, each re­ceived the Otis Trice Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship, an award in the amount of $1,500 to con­trib­ute to their col­lege ed­u­ca­tion.

In the fall, Askins will study Span­ish at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more County. He has ex­celled as a stu­dent at CSDHS, and has been very ac­tive in the com­mu­nity. He took AP and dual-en­roll­ment cour­ses, main­tained a part-time job, par­tic­i­pated in Mary­land Boy’s State, was a mem­ber of the In­ter­act Club, Re­cy­cling Club, and Jour­nal­ism Club in school, and vol­un­teered with Best Bud­dies, NAACP, Ea­gle­man and Iron­man.

Jack­son will study sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion with a fo­cus in English at Towson Univer­sity. She was an hon­ors stu­dent and a mem­ber of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, a var­sity cheer­leader, a grad­u­ate of the Teacher Acad­emy of Mary­land at Dorch­ester Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter and a vol­un­teer with Ea­gle­man, Iron­man and Alex’s Lemon­ade Stand.

The Dorch­ester County Teacher of the Year Sean Reincke and First Class Teacher of the Year Am­ber Aaron were also rec­og­nized for their re­cently re­ceived hon­ors, and they thanked the DREA for their sup­port of ed­u­ca­tion in Dorch­ester County.

“You do a lot for ed­u­ca­tion in Dorch­ester County, and we ap­pre­ci­ate you,” Aaron said. “Be­tween coach­ing and teach­ing, I love it all, and I’m ex­cited that I’ll be do­ing this for 29 more years.”

Reincke shared that be­ing hon­ored as Dorch­ester County’s Teacher of the Year has made him stop to think about how far he has come since he be­gan his ca­reer at CSD in 1999.

“I truly be­lieve that the only rea­son I’m here speak­ing to you is be­cause I was lucky enough to be men­tored by about 50 amaz­ing teach­ers for about 10 years,” he said. “They all had dif­fer­ent strengths that made them pil­lars of the school, and I was a sponge. The only thing I knew was that I didn’t know. I’m so very thank­ful that I was placed at CSD. Thank you for ev­ery­thing that you did, and con­tinue to do to sup­port us. We’re still in the trenches, and you didn’t for­get about us. “

DREA was ex­cited this year to be able to in­crease the schol­ar­ship amount from $1,000 to $1,500. The or­ga­ni­za­tion awards the schol­ar­ships an­nu­ally to one grad­u­at­ing se­nior from each of the county’s high schools, and has done so for more than 20 years.

The Otis Trice Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship was es­tab­lished in 1996 in me­mory of Trice, who was a prin­ci­pal at the old Hur­lock High School and Cam­bridge High School. DREA has awarded schol­ar­ships to 44 stu­dents un­der this pro­gram.

The schol­ar­ships are awarded on the ba­sis of aca­demic his­tory, in­volve­ment in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, qual­ity of the sub­mit­ted es­say, fi­nan­cial need and the dec­la­ra­tion of an ed­u­ca­tion­based ma­jor.

PHO­TOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE/VWINGATE@CHES­PUB.COM

North Dorch­ester High School se­nior Cloe Jack­son re­ceived a $1,500 schol­ar­ship from the Dorch­ester Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, pre­sented by Schol­ar­ship Chair­woman Con­nie Wilson.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School se­nior Arion Askins re­ceived a $1,500 schol­ar­ship from the Dorch­ester Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, pre­sented by Schol­ar­ship Chair­woman Con­nie Wilson.

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