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  • At the Pasadena Business Association’s June meeting, scholarship awards were presented to a group of ambitious young people whose accomplishments set them apart from their peers.
    Dylan Roche
    At the Pasadena Business Association’s June meeting, scholarship awards were presented to a group of ambitious young people whose accomplishments set them apart from their peers.

PBA Empowers Six Local Graduates With Scholarship Funds

Dylan Roche
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June 14, 2017

Among the recipients of the Pasadena Business Association’s annual scholarship awards, there might be a future marine scientist, a future automotive technician and a future graphic designer, as well as a variety of other professionals.

This next generation of leaders and achievers — 12 young people in total, each with an extensive resume and big dreams — was empowered this spring with scholarship funds made possible by the PBA, which has given out more than $180,000 to deserving students since 1990.

This year’s lineup of recipients, which are considered by a PBA committee and selected based on achievement and need, included six recent graduates, three eighth-graders and three fifth-graders, all of whom hail from Pasadena.


Carly Anello
Chesapeake High School

Carly Anello’s passion is to help marine animals in danger. Case in point: She once discovered a group of baby ducks, covered head to toe in oil, stuck in the bilge pump of her family boat. She cleaned the oil from the ducklings and returned them to their mother.

This fall, the Chesapeake High grad will attend Coastal Carolina University to study marine science to pursue her dreams of creating a more environmentally friendly world. “If I could share my knowledge and educate the locals on the importance of saving the Chesapeake Bay, I would be contributing to enhance the overall environment,” she said.

Anello received the PBA’s Isabel Shipley Cunningham Scholarship, named for the late Annapolis author and teacher who spent years writing the PBA’s history books, “Between Two Rivers” and “The Pasadena Peninsula.”


Dylan Shupe
Northeast High School

In studying power diesel technology at the Center for Applied Technology North, Dylan Shupe from Northeast High School found his calling. He will head to University of Northwestern Ohio in the fall to study automotive technology with the hopes of one day opening his own shop.

“When I set my mind to something, I keep going until I achieve that goal,” he said. “I want to give back to the community by developing programs for future students interested in this industry and increase the job market for them.”

Shupe received the PBA’s Ed Lauer Scholarship in honor of the founder of Lauer’s Supermarket & Bakery and one of the founding members of the PBA 30 years ago.


Lucy Zhang
Northeast High School

Northeast High graduate Lucy Zhang discovered her love of learning at Center for Applied Technology North and is now looking forward to higher learning at Anne Arundel Community College, where she will study graphic design. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society and maintained perfect attendance. She also tutored at Sunset Elementary among other community-assistance efforts.

Regarding her choice of major, she said, “I have decided to connect my passion for education with my desire to help others to create pieces of art that’ll add colors to the world.”

Zhang received the Debi Smigovsky Grim Scholarship, given in honor of the recently passed founder of the PBA’s education committee and A Child’s Christmas program.


Morgan Coakley
Northeast High School

No matter what happens in life, you keep pushing and you will persevere. That was a lesson Morgan Coakley learned from her aunt who is recovering from a medical issue. Coakley, a Northeast High grad, plans to use her aunt’s wisdom while attending Towson University, where she will study sociology-anthropology with a criminal justice concentration with a minor in Spanish. “My knowledge will not only allow me to further myself in my field, but it will help me to bring peace to those in the midst of tragedy,” she said.

Coakley has volunteered more than 1,000 hours in her community and does not plan to stop. She was an honor roll student and received several varsity letters in sports. She was a member of the marching band, jazz band, vocal ensemble, Tri-M Music Honor Society, all-county chorus and all-county band. She has been a Girl Scout since first grade.


Alexis Solley
The Catholic High School of Baltimore

Alexis Solley, a graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore, found her calling through her work with the 4-H Club, through which she learned all about horses, other types of livestock and agriculture. This fall, she will head to Delaware Valley University to study agribusiness with a focus on equine. She hopes to give back by becoming a club leader someday.

When she wasn’t busy with 4-H, she still found time to participate in a service project through Happy Helpers and make cards for the Welcome Home project. She received the silver honor roll, was a field hockey manager, competed on the track and field team, and participated in the Catholic Leaders Club.

But she traces all her activities back to 4-H. “Without setting all these goals through my 4-H career, I probably would not have been as successful,” she said.


Nathan Ho
Chesapeake High School

Although Nathan Ho was not able to attend the PBA’s scholarship presentation in person because of his network technician/cybersecurity internship at Northrop Grumman, he was there in spirit.

Ho learned his love for cybersecurity through classes at the Center for Applied Technology North. His accomplishments while in school also included membership in the National Technical Honor Society and the National Honor Society. He was an officer for student government and on the varsity football team and the varsity track and field team. He volunteered for Welcome Home, Quarterfield Elementary, an SGA pancreatic cancer fundraiser and the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy.

He plans to attend Anne Arundel Community College to study cybersecurity. “My goal is to provide a solution by employing cybersecurity professionals and teaching nonprofessionals the skills they would need to join the field,” he said.


And Let’s Not Forget...

In addition to the six graduates, the PBA presented scholarships to three eighth-graders and three-fifth graders with the hopes that the early experience with the scholarship application process would motivate them to continue reaching for their goals. The recipients were Leanna Brady from Chesapeake Bay Middle School, Jessica Calvert from Chesapeake Bay Middle School, Amaya Madarang from George Fox Middle School, Liam Lynch from Pasadena Elementary, Maddy Simard from Pasadena Elementary and Hailey Tate from St. Jane Frances School.

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