Sixth-grader wins calendar competition
There’s a chance Addison Fortenbery might like June as her favorite month of the year, as that’s when school lets out. Or July and August for summer vacation, October for Halloween, or November for Thanksgiving.
There’s also a good chance her favorite month might now be December, not only because of Christmas, but because the 12-year-old’s calendar submission for the last month of the year was the winning entry in the Maryland Council on Economic Education’s A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words contest.
“It was really exciting to win and then take part in the banquet,” said Addison, who attended a luncheon for the winners last May at Towson University.
The Windy Hill Middle School sixth-grader went up against nearly 1,500 students from 41 elementary and middle schools in the Maryland School System to display fundamental economic and personal finance concepts.
“Addison is one of those rare students who excel at everything she does,” her teacher, Kathleen Martin, said. “Not only is she academically strong, but she is giving and kind to others. I was proud — and honored as her teacher — to see her standing on that stage [at the luncheon] with the biggest smile ever at this remarkable accomplishment.”
Four thousand copies of the 2019 calendars — with Addison’s winning design on the December page — were printed and distributed to teachers, schools and MCEE supporters across the state.
Students had to visually demonstrate their understanding of fundamental economic and personal finance concepts.
The Sunderland resident elected to go with a philanthropic theme.
“I felt like it was really what I
was trying to go for,” Addison said.
She sketched several rough drafts and relied on feedback from Martin and her family.
She went with a light color scheme because “if it was more colored or pigmented, you wouldn’t have been able to see the details.”
Her winning design shows a large box of donated food surrounded by awareness ribbons, animal adoptions, Habitat for Humanity, a fundraising car wash and a pair of hands holding a pink and red heart.
Addison was in the middle of a science quiz when Martin received an email stating the student’s design had been chosen.
“I had this smile on my face I just couldn’t get rid of,” Addison said. “I just kept smiling. I’m not sure [I passed the test] but I probably did.”
For her design, Addison received multiple copies of the calendar, a medal and a $50 scholarship check.
“It really shows you that hard work can make something really good and that you can
achieve a lot with hard work,” she said. “You just need the effort.”
Addison also received a leg up against her brother, Conor.
“Well, if I had to say something, we compete a lot academically,” the Northern High School student said of his younger sister. “I’m proud of her but I’m still better than her. That’s the goal,” to win the next contest.
WOW nominations deadline Jan. 15
Each year, the Calvert County Commission for Women recognizes Calvert County women — and a Woman of Tomorrow age 20 or younger — who are models of outstanding achievement and have made significant contributions to the community. The commission urges those in the community to nominate a Calvert woman or girl who meets the criteria for these important awards.
The Commission for Women will honor its awardees at the annual Calvert County Women of the World Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 16, at the Rod ’N’ Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach. The WOW honorees will also receive individual proclamations highlighting their accomplishments and impact from the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners.
There are four award categories. Typically one person is selected for each category:
• Advocacy: to honor a woman for outstanding leadership, courage, tenacity and effectiveness to support policies and practices that improve the lives of Calvert County women or girls;
• Business Leadership: to honor a woman for leadership and effectively implementing business practices that improves the economic status of Calvert County women or girls;
• Service: to honor a woman whose service to community has improved the quality of life for Calvert County women or girls; and
• Woman of Tomorrow: to honor a girl or young woman (age 20 or younger) for effective leadership in the field of advocacy, business or service to community. Note that the main criterion is impact on the community, not academics.
A nominee must: exemplify the characteristics of awardees described above — outstanding achievements and positive impact; have been a resident of Calvert County for at least five years; be age 21 or older for the Advocacy, Business Leadership and Service awards and age 20 or younger for the Woman of Tomorrow; attend the WOW Awards Luncheon on March 16 to receive the award in person; and have a completed nomination form submitted no later than Jan. 15, either via email to Calvert[email protected] or by regular mail to Calvert County Commission for Women, Courthouse, 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
Download nomination forms at www.calvertwomen.org.
Free local fitness bootcamp offered
Poston’s Fitness for Life will hold a free group fitness bootcamp in support of Calvert Family Advocates at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20, at 10735 Town Center Blvd., Suite 4, in Dunkirk.
Though it is free, Poston’s Fitness for Life will accept donations for Calvert Family Advocates. Registration is required.
For more information or to register, call 301-327-5246. For more information on Calvert Family Advocates, go to www. calfam.org.
Arc job fair planned
The Arc Southern Maryland will hold a Tri-County Job Fair on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Calvert County office, located at 355 West Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick. Meet with recruiters and hiring managers. There will be chances to interview on site. Need help applying? The Arc can help with that, too.
The Arc is also hiring full time and part time in St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties. A variety of positions are available for those who want to make a difference for people with diverse abilities. Walk-ins are welcome, but an appointment saves time. Bring resume copies and save time by filling out an application in advance at www.arcsomd.org/ join-our-team. Contact Danielle Lee for appointments at [email protected] arcsomd.org or 410-535-2413, ext. 221.
Windy Hill Middle School sixth-grader Addison Fortenbery, right, and her teacher Kathleen Martin pose during the Maryland Council on Economic Education’s A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words contest winners luncheon.
Addison Fortenbery, 12, sees her name on the scoreboard during a luncheon for the winners of the Maryland Council on Economic Education’s A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words contest.