Optimists honor 10 Calvert High students

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Optimists honor 10 Calvert High students

Prince Frederick, MD - 11/20/2013

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By Marty Madden

From left to right, Brandon Pierce, Kaitlin Wilding, Nathan Tyndall, Carla Shapira, Sydney Tonic, Aleia Plenty, Courtney Mattson, Margaret Horstkamp and Hannah Aris. Not pictured, Jacob McCullum.
From left to right, Brandon Pierce, Kaitlin Wilding, Nathan Tyndall, Carla Shapira, Sydney Tonic, Aleia Plenty, Courtney Mattson, Margaret Horstkamp and Hannah Aris. Not pictured, Jacob McCullum.

The Optimist Club of Calvert Prince Frederick held its annual banquet honoring students deemed Calvert County’s “Outstanding Youth” as part of Optimist International’s “Youth Appreciation Week.”

This year the local club saluted 40 students—10 students each from Calvert County’s four public high schools—Monday, Nov. 18 at St. John Vianney Family Life Center in Prince Frederick.

The honorees are selected by the club with the aid of school guidance counselors.Selectors weigh academic achievement plus school and community activities.

The following are the 2013 honorees from Calvert High School (CHS).

Hannah M. Aris is a member of CHS’ Student Government, Broadcast Club and cross country team. Aris is a member of the All-County Orchestra. She plans to study biomedical engineering, earn a medical degree and continue to help people who are ailing or need aid.

Margaret A. Horstkamp is an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honor and a recipient of the Spanish Academic Award. Horstkamp in involved in a church youth group and the Calvert Humane Society. She plans to go to college and continue her community service along the way.

Jacob McCullum is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, the CHS Robotics Club and Rubik’s Cube Club. McCullum is a recipient of the Minds in Motion Award and captain of the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. He plans to attend the University of Maryland, study aerospace engineering and work in the aerospace field.

Courtney L. Mattson is a member of the CHS Orchestra, Chemistry Club and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Mattson received AP Chemistry’s Outstanding Award and was first-team all-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) Indoor Track.Future plans include earning a graduate degree and running track collegiately.

Brandon A. Pierce has been recognized for academic achievement in AP Chemistry, Calculus and Statistics and is captain of CHS’ varsity soccer team. Pierce has volunteered for Safe Nights and is involved with a church youth group. His future plan is to pursue a doctorate degree, become a physicist and to have his own company.

Aleia K. Plenty is a member of the CHS Student Government, Cooking Club and Book Club. Plenty received a Minds in Motion Scholar Athlete Award, is varsity track captain and also plays soccer. She plans to attend Stevenson College, major in pre-med, become a successful doctor and have a positive impact on people.

Carla P. Shapira is a member of Class Council, student government, the Key Club and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC). Shapira is captain of CHS’ Varsity Field Hockey and Dance teams. She plans to attend one of the service academies, study aviation and serve as a military pilot.

Sydney A. Tonic is a member of the Tri-County Chorus, a recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award and SMAC Academic All-Conference. Tonic is an AP Twain Scholar and volunteers with Special Olympics. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, major in sports journalism and become an attorney in the sports industry.

Nathan F. Tyndall is a member of the CHS Chemistry Club and National Society of High School Scholars. Tyndall received recognition for Outstanding Achievement in French. He plays soccer and is involved with Firewood for Families.

Kaitlin E. Wilding is a member of the National Technical Society and is Student Government president. Wilding sings with the All-County and Tri-County choruses and plays varsity soccer. She hopes to attend Towson University, major in music education, teach children to sing together and become a famous classical opera singer.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com



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