PBA Awards Scholarships To 13 Of Pasadena's Brightest Students
By Hayley Gable Bowerman
Photo by Meredith Thompson
With a mission of recognizing the achievements of Pasadenas next generation of business and community leaders, the Pasadena Business Association recently awarded 13 students with scholarships during an afternoon ceremony held at the Maryland Yacht Club.
For the past 21 years, the Pasadena Business Association has provided college scholarships to select high school seniors who reside in Pasadena. Over the course of that time, the organization has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarship money to deserving students.
Additionally, the PBA awards $100 savings bonds to fifth and eighth graders. The purpose of the scholarship is to teach students about the scholarship application process and the importance of having responsibilities and being an active member in the school and community.
The fifth graders selected as scholarship winners for this year were
The eighth-graders selected as scholarship winners were Bailey A. Clark of George Fox Middle School, Thomas (Tommy) J. Levin of St. Jane Frances, and Caroline Schultz of George Fox Middle School.
We have a panel of board members from the association who individually go through and review the applications and select which students they see as the best candidates for the scholarship, explained Sandi Parrish, executive director of the Pasadena Business Association.
Winning applicants are selected based on academic accomplishments, need for financial aid, community involvement, club/organization participation and overall collegiate goals.
This year, the following high school students were selected based on their exceptional achievements both inside and outside the classroom:
Jessica Settineri, of Northeast High School, was ranked fifth out of her class of 291 students. She was a member of the All-County Chorus and Maryland All-State Chorus, and was a piano accompanist at the NHS Elementary Cluster Concert. She was also secretary of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the International Thespian Society. She played Tracy Turnblad in NHS recent production of Hairspray. Jessica plans to study music/education in college.
Austin Murdock, of Chesapeake High School, was ranked second in his class. He was the captain of the varsity tennis, competitive math and robotics teams. He volunteers for the Tiger Woods First Tee Golf Program, Magothy River Sailing Association, Pasadena Senior Center, Habitat For Humanity, and Our Lady of the Chesapeake Youth Group. Austin plans on attending UMBC and wants to earn his bachelors degree in computer science, a masters in information assurance and a doctorate in cyber security.
Carly Bair, of Chesapeake High School, was ranked fifth in her class. She was active in chorus, drama club, Thespian Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, yearbook, Lit Mag, Student Government Association, the indoor track team, track and field and Pop A Capella Choir. She volunteers at Pear Tree Retirement Home, participated in the Polar Bear plunge, provides childcare for a special-needs child, and participated in an unpaid internship at Strategic Insight in Washington, D.C. Carly hopes to attend Cornell University and study engineering/biological engineering.
Mark Ritterpusch, of Chesapeake High School, was ranked tenth in his class. He is the president of the Maryland Association of Student Councils, on the executive board of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils, and a delegate of the National Association of Student Councils. He was a member of the key club, Cougar Chat, Its Academic Team, math team, spirit week committee, blood drive committee, track beautification, cross country, indoor track, and spring track teams. He was recently named Mr. Chesapeake. Mark plans to study biology at Clemson University.
Jameson Snead, of Chesapeake High School, was ranked first in his class. He is a member of the math team, tennis team, National Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society. He is co-founder of the key club, and studied piano performance as a student of Peabody Preparatory Institute. He volunteers at the Appalachia Work Camp, Arundel House of Hope and as a landscaper at Downs Park. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine.
Marissa Spratley, of Chesapeake High School, was ranked 41st in her class. She was a member of the Student Government Association, Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils, National Honor Society, school newspaper, environmental club, enlightenment club, photography club, stage crew, SADD, Literary Magazine and swim club. She was chairperson for the homecoming and pep rally committee, and also served as a media aide for the library. She volunteers at Our Lady of the Chesapeake as a peer minister, and also for Habitat for Humanity, House of Hope and Blanket For A Cause. She is a coachs assistant for the Fairwood Swim Team. Marissa plans on attending Roanoke College or Gettysburg College to study English with a concentration on journalism.
Valarie Timms, of Northeast High School, was ranked eighth in her class. She was a member of the National Honor Society (vice president), National Society for High School Scholars, the National Society for High School Journalists, Tri-M Music Honor Society (treasurer), International Thespian Society (board member), and Whos Who Among American High School English Students. She was a member of the high school womens vocal ensemble, drama club, and ABC2s Teen Media Project. She takes dance and voice lesions, and also volunteers at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church as a Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School director of music. She was the class president for several years and editor in chief of the school paper. Valarie will attend Brandeis University in Massachusetts to major in political science and American studies with a minor in journalism.