Western School of Technology students receive "Content of Character" Awards to commemorate birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Principal Buddy Parker, Western Tech Guidance Counselor Jill Monahan, award winners Radhika Patel and Jacob Badin, Dr. Dance

Two Baltimore County Public Schools students – Jacob Badin and Radhika Patel of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science – received Baltimore County's 2013 Content of Character awards on Friday, January 18, during the Baltimore County Office of Human Resources' 8th Annual Birthday Commemoration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joined by Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, and Delegate Adrienne Jones, the two students were among four honorees at a ceremony held at Mount Calvery A.M.E. Church in Towson. The inspirational and rousing program included the Army JROTC from Windsor Mill Middle School and selections from the Milford Mill Concert Chorale accompanied by Music Director Thaddeus L. Price, Jr., of Milford Mill Academy.

Members of the Chorale listen to the proceedings

Each year, the Baltimore County Office of Human Resources honors one man, woman, boy, and girl with a Content of Character award. The award recipients are Baltimore County residents who demonstrate exemplary character and contribute to improvements within their communities.

Badin, a resident of Owings Mills, is a senior at Western School of Technology and Environmental Science. An avid volunteer, he has accumulated more than 1,100 hours of community service since middle school. At Western, he is a member of the Culinary Arts magnet program, student government, and Future Educators of America, as well as a participant in athletics. Outside of school, Badin attends the Owings Mills Recreation and Parks summer camp and supports local charities.

Dr. Dance addresses guests at the ceremony

Patel is also a senior at Western Tech and lives in Catonsville. Enrolled in the Health Science Technology magnet program, she applies her academic knowledge to tutoring fellow students at Western and teaching children at her religious school. Additionally, she is involved in environmental clean-up efforts in her community and serves as an intern at the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Members of the Milford Mill Concert Chorale sing






Both students were nominated by school counselor Jill Monahan. They were accompanied to Friday's ceremony by both Monahan and Western Principal Murray "Buddy" Parker.
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