Sixth-grader wins cal­en­dar com­pe­ti­tion

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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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

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.

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