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  • Sarah Davis was one of the two valedictorians for Chesapeake High School’s Class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.
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    Sarah Davis was one of the two valedictorians for Chesapeake High School’s Class of 2018, and she will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.

CHS Valedictorian Sarah Davis Earns Prestigious Banneker/Key Scholarship

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June 12, 2018

This fall, Chesapeake High School valedictorian Sarah Davis will attend the University of Maryland with the prestigious Banneker/Key Scholarship.

The scholarship came as a surprise to Davis. She received a letter in March inviting her to a luncheon where she had the opportunity to interview with a panel of university members.

Out of all those considered for the scholarship, only 150 incoming students receive it. The scholarship provides tuition, room and board, all fees and a textbook stipend every year, Davis said.

At the University of Maryland, Davis will major in biology, potentially adding a double major of psychology or anthropology. She hopes to become a doctor, though she doesn’t know what kind of doctor just yet.

“I figured in med school I would go through the rotations and figure it out,” Davis said. “I want to do whatever suits me.”

Davis said she has always liked science, and working with and helping people.

“I definitely want an exciting career that’s not at a desk or doing the same thing every day. I like that it’s fast-paced and always changing,” Davis said. “I like that it makes a difference every day, even if it’s in a small way.”

During her four years at Chesapeake High School, Davis was involved in a variety of activities that allowed her to help people. Davis served as a senior mentor, during which she sat in on an Algebra 1 class and offered additional assistance to the teacher and students.

“I would go there every single time they had a class, and I would help answer questions and help the teacher,” Davis said. “They’re relatively big classes, and they do move really quickly, so they need a lot of help moving through material fast.”

In the summer, Davis has participated in Camp Hope, a group that travels to Frostburg and helps rebuild and repair homes.

“We stay at Frostburg [State University] and do projects on homes. I’ve helped build a wheelchair ramp, and just help out,” Davis said. “It’s usually elderly couples who can’t afford to do it on their own, and they get it done for free.”

In addition, Davis was president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of the Spanish Honor Society, is a member of the Key Club, participated in unified bowling for two years and volunteered at the SPCA.

As a reward for their hard work, Davis and a group of her friends from AP Spanish are taking a trip to Costa Rica.

“We’ve taken Spanish since seventh grade, so we’re hoping those skills will help us,” Davis said. “It should be really fun.”

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