Jacki Carter Young People Who Care Award winners named
CENTREVILLE — For the second year in a row, the Queen Anne’s County Council for Children and Youth have awarded grants to local high school students looking to make a positive impact in their communities.
During the county commission’s Tuesday, Feb. 28, meeting, Elaine Butler, co-chair of the Youth Award Committee, awarded north-county students Mason Heath and Jack and Grace Sweetak the Jacki Carter Young People Who Care Award. The grant award’s name was changed by the committee by a unanimous vote to include Carter’s name after her recent passing, Butler said.
“We’ve taken over for our beloved former chairperson Jacki Carter, who sadly we lost recently,” Butler said. “She will always be in our hearts and is a true champion for the youth in our community.”
The award, which was initiated by Carter, recognizes “young citizens who are and want to be community change makers,” Butler said.
Through an application process, the committee — Butler, Angela Price, Chris Perkins and Pennie Gill — determined Heath and the Sweetak duo were worthy of the grants.
“The Youth Award Committee was impressed with the detailed timelines and budgets included in the awardees applications,” Butler said. “It is obvious a lto of time and effort has gone into the planning and the committee is sure the projects will help make a positive impact in the community.”
Heath, a junior at Queen Anne’s County High School, will plan and execute a week-long Vacation Bible School program at Broadly Chapel AME Church in Pondtown with the help of the pastor, his mom Celestine and Perkins. The program will be held in July.
“I think it’s good to help little kids having fun and enjoying themselves,” Heath said. “... It’s a good thing to help.”
The Sweetak siblings will complete their project at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center under the supervision of Executive Director Judy Wink and Gill from June through August. Jack is a junior and Grace is a sophomore at Queen Anne’s County High School.
While at CBEC, the Sweetaks will test curriculum that the center will use for educational programs regarding water, air and atmospheric monitoring.
Jack Sweetak said he saw this as a good way to help the community and hopes it will help younger people know what it means to be environmentally friendly and how to conserve the outdoors.
Grace Sweetak, who said the two had been coming to CBEC since they were ver y young, believes this will teach kids about the Chesapeake Bay and the importance of the unique feature to Queen Anne’s County.
Mason Heath and siblings Jack and Grace Sweetak received the Jacki Carter Young People Who Care Award during the Queen Anne’s County Commission’s Tuesday, Feb. 28, meeting. From left: Commissioner Steve Wilson and Jim Moran, Chris Perkins, Jack and Grace Sweetak, Elaine Butler, Heath, and Commissioners Jack Wilson and Mark Anderson.