Jacki Carter Young Peo­ple Who Care Award win­ners named

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

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