Two years ago County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins was invited to be a judge at a science fair at Hawthorne Elementary School.
The Oliver Beach Democrat thought she would just be there a short time, make a few simple judging decisions and be done. That was anything but the case as Bevins was at the school for hours and took her time examining each project.
“I looked at every project and each one was better than the one before,” Bevins said. “Their hard work really inspired me.”
That inspiration led Bevins to reach out to the elementary schools in the Sixth District and find a way to recognize the winners of the science fairs at their respective schools.
On Thursday, those students gathered at Chesapeake High School in Essex on as Bevins awarded a county citation to each student who placed first or second in their respective science fairs.
Bevins said she chose Chesapeake for the awards event because it is the county’s lone STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) magnet school.
Chesapeake High Principal Maria Lowry said she hopes many of the students at the awards ceremony will consider her school in a few years as more and more employers are looking to fill vacancies in STEM fields.
“By the time you graduate high school, there are going to be so many more STEM opportunities in Baltimore County,” Lowry told the students. “I hope you seek out STEM opportunities like science fairs and visiting places like the Maryland Science Center in hopes of expanding your minds.”
Those students recognized by Bevins included:
Fourth Grade: Mason Pilon and Lexi Marmion
Fifth Grade: Arason Anbazhagan and Dylan Gouin
Fourth Grade: Autumn Blackwell and Austin Dorn
Fifth Grade: India Patton and Jacob Brinkman
Fourth Grade: Ignatius Nwanko and Logan Ryan
Fifth Grade: Manhoor Khan and Katie Dennis
Fourth Grade: Victory Reilley and Blake Krause
Fifth Grade: Krystyn Waskiewicz and Isabel Tharp
Fourth Grade: Dylan Sloan and Luke Hoenig
Fifth Grade: Brian Bailey and Vanessa Hutson
Fourth Grade: Kyle Comegna and Garrett Butt
Fifth Grade: Robert Dohler and Gillian Wright
Fourth Grade: Matthew Tydings and Maggie Foor
Fifth Grade: Hana Harwood and Erik Roese
Fourth Grade: Sahithi Buddula and Tyler Keller
Fifth Grade: Angela-Marie Boeren and Izabella Busch
Fourth Grade: Elayne Kuczmynda and Emily O’Haire
Fifth Grade: Blanca Ralph and Madden O’Neill
Fourth Grade: James Gollsbee and Madison Ramondi
Fifth Grade: Hien Cayas and Lucy Saenz