Rieck re­ceives Gar­den Club of the Eastern Shore schol­ar­ship

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— Will Rieck, a 2017 St. Michaels High School grad­u­ate, is the re­cip­i­ent of the 17th an­nual Gar­den Club of the Eastern Shore Schol­ar­ship.

The $4,500 merit schol­ar­ship was awarded to Rieck in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing aca­demic record, strong work ethic and com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture.

Rieck will en­roll in the Hon­ors Col­lege at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan this fall. He also has been ac­cepted into the Ger­ald R. Ford School of Pub­lic Pol­icy, where he in­tends to fo­cus his ef­forts on en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy.

“In a field of out­stand­ing can­di­dates, Will stood out be­cause of his com­mit­ment to work­ing in the field of pub­lic pol­icy to for­ward ef­fec­tive state and fed­eral poli­cies for en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and con­ser­va­tion,” said Dr. Vir­ginia Blatch­ley, schol­ar­ship com­mit­tee co-chair­man. “We were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with Will’s se­ri­ous­ness of pur­pose, in­quis­i­tive in­tel­lect and will­ing­ness to chal­lenge him­self aca­dem­i­cally.”

The GCES of­fers a schol­ar­ship an­nu­ally to grad­u­at­ing se­niors from Tal­bot County pub­lic and in­de­pen­dent high schools. Stu­dents be­ing home-schooled also are el­i­gi­ble. The schol­ar­ship is avail­able to stu­dents with out­stand­ing aca­demic records, who also are con­sid­er­ing ca­reers in botany, hor­ti­cul­ture, agri­cul­ture, land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture or de­sign, en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence or re­lated fields.

Blatch­ley said, “We have al­ways had strong can­di­dates for the GCES schol­ar­ship, but this year’s field was ex­tra­or­di­nary. All nine can­di­dates had dis­tin­guished them­selves both aca­dem­i­cally and through their ser­vice to the com­mu­nity while in high school, and we are cer­tain that they will not only suc­ceed in col­lege, but ex­cel.”

The GCES is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally sound land­scape prac­tices and to pro­vid­ing pro­grams for the com­mu­nity that ex­plore con­ser­va­tion prac­tices and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. It spear­headed the ex­ten­sive restora­tion of Easton’s Thomp­son Park. It also main­tains sev­eral gar­dens in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing those at Thomp­son Park and the Acad­emy Art Mu­seum in Easton.

“In ad­di­tion to our other com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, our an­nual schol­ar­ship has the full sup­port of ev­ery mem­ber of the Gar­den Club of the Eastern Shore, “said Sa­man­tha McCall, GCES pres­i­dent. “I per­son­ally be­lieve that this in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of the tal­ented, hard­work­ing young peo­ple in our county is the most im­por­tant thing that we do as a group.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about GCES pro­grams or to make a con­tri­bu­tion to the schol­ar­ship fund, call Dorothy Whit­comb at 410-770-9035.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Will Rieck, cen­ter, a re­cent grad­u­ate of St. Michaels High School and the 2017 re­cip­i­ent of the Gar­den Club of the Eastern Shore Schol­ar­ship, is pic­tured with, from left, Lin Clineb­urg, schol­ar­ship com­mit­tee mem­ber, and Dr. Vir­ginia Blatch­ley, schol­ar­ship com­mit­tee co-chair­man.

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