South Dorch­ester stu­dent awarded Ken­nerly Schol­ar­ship

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

EAS­TON — Char­ac­ter Counts Mid Shore re­cently an­nounced the top three fi­nal­ists of the an­nual Laws of Life Es­say Con­test.

Amy Ste­ward, who has been in­volved with CCMS for al­most 20 years, served as Mis­tress of Cer­e­mony.

Mid­dle and high school stu­dents from 15 schools in Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties submitted 1,168 es­says based on how they ap­ply the Six Pil­lars of Char­ac­ter in their own lives.

Each school has a win­ner who re­ceived a prize of $50, as well as the spon­sor­ing teacher. From the school win­ners, over­all mid­dle and high school win­ners were se­lected and those win­ners re­ceived an ad­di­tional $150 prize.

The stu­dent with the best es­say re­ceived the Al­bert Ken­nerly Char­ac­ter Counts Laws of Life Schol­ar­ship of $2,500. This schol­ar­ship was given by Ken­neth Ken­nerly and his fam­ily in mem­ory of his late fa­ther who was “a man of great char­ac­ter.”

This year’s Ken­nerly Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent was awarded to Emily Hill of South Dorch­ester School in Church Creek, who based her es­say on a quote by Abra­ham Lin­coln; “Char­ac­ter is like a tree and rep­u­ta­tion like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Hill said how the Pil­lar of Trust­wor­thi­ness helped her through a dif­fi­cult time when a friend said hurt­ful re­marks.

The over­all mid­dle school win­ner was Han­nah Greene of Eas­ton Mid­dle School, who was awarded the “Choose Joy” recognition spon­sored by Cover Your Chin for Char­ity. Greene re­flected on the Golden Rule of the Pil­lar of Re­spect. She wrote about the ef­fects of bul­ly­ing, as well as the lessons her pre­vi­ous Char­ac­ter Coach, Nate South­worth, had taught about be­ing kind to others — lessons she al­ways will re­mem­ber.

Aubree Strange, a re­cent grad­u­ate of Caro­line Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter in Ridgely, was named the over­all high school win­ner. As a sum­mer camp coun­selor, she has had to prac­tice each of the Pil­lars of Char­ac­ter as she in­ter­acted with the chil­dren. These im­por­tant val­ues will serve her well as she pur­sues a ca­reer as a teacher.

“We are truly thank­ful for the sup­port of the school’s su­per­in­ten­dents, ad­min­is­tra­tors and teach­ers. With­out this con­tin­ued as­sis­tance, we would not have the op­por­tu­nity to hear the voices of the stu­dents and how they ap­ply char­ac­ter into their lives,” said Su­san Luby, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of CCMS.

Char­ac­ter Counts Mid Shore Inc. is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that works to es­pouse pos­i­tive char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment in ev­ery as­pect of life. For more in­for­ma­tion about CCMS, visit www.char­ac­ter­countsmid­shore.com or call 410-819-0386.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

From left are Dr. Henry Wag­ner, Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools su­per­in­ten­dent; Lol­lie Wal­ters, Char­ac­ter Counts Mid Shore board pres­i­dent; Emily Hill, Ken­nerly $2,500 Schol­ar­ship win­ner; and Me­lanie Hol­l­i­day, South Dorch­ester School teacher.

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