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Release Date: 3/8/2019
Contact: Brandon Oland, 443.809.5908

10 BCPS seniors awarded Magnet Schools of America scholarships

Presentation will be made during the 2019 National Conference on Magnet Schools, hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools

TOWSON, MD. – Ten Baltimore County Public Schools seniors have earned college scholarships from Magnet Schools of America.

The honored students, who will receive $1,000 each, will graduate from a BCPS magnet program in 2019 and were selected on the basis of their high academic and personal achievement, leadership potential, and contributions to their magnet program and community.

The scholarship recipients are listed below along with the magnet program they participate in, school they attend, college plans, and quotes about the impact of their magnet experiences.

Alanna Carter, Biomedical Sciences, Sollers Point Technical High School
Plans to study biology at University of Maryland Baltimore County
“The opportunity and rewards of hands-on learning are priceless and can never be substituted for a computer screen.”

Alyssa Cobb, Law & Public Policy, Towson High School
Plans to study criminology and criminal justice at University of Maryland
"My magnet experience has taught me to be a person with a powerful attraction, someone that both listens and leads, not just gaining experience, but claiming it, and I cannot wait to continue pursuing justice and advocacy."

Rakel Diaz, Graphic/Print Communications, Western School of Technology
Plans to study film and TV production at Towson University or New York University
“My magnet provided me with a family and a passion, and nothing can ever replace that."

Rebecca Grim, Law and Public Policy, Towson High School
Plans to study criminology and criminal justice at University of Maryland College Park
“As a timid student who entered my magnet with little friends, a lack of self-confidence, and no clear view of my personal abilities, I am leaving the best four years of my life prepared to take on my bright future with greater goals than I ever could have imagined."

Chloe Heles, Acting, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Plans to study drama, theatre, and performance at National University of Ireland Galway
"I intend to continue growing and get to where I envision myself, but for now, I can’t thank my magnet school enough."

Alana Levy, Environmental Studies, Sparrows Point High School
Plans to study biology at University of Maryland or University of Miami
“Having the opportunity to attend and participate in multiple magnet school programs opened my eyes to a deeper level of rigorous learning and allowed me to become more conscious of the world surrounding me.”

Alexandra Joy Saquilayan, Engineering Careers, Eastern Technical High School
Plans to study civil engineering at University of Maryland College Park
"The engineering program at my school taught me to be confident in my abilities and to not be discouraged when plans don’t work out the first time or the second."

Hannah Smith, Environmental Studies, Sparrows Point High School
Plans to study secondary education at Towson University
“I enter the world after high school with these four goals instilled in me by the SPECIES program: to be compassionate, to always be conscious of the world around me, to inspire team and community in everything that I do, and finally, to never cease exploration.”

Elizabeth Wagner, Engineering Careers, Eastern Technical High School
Plans to study chemical engineering at University of Maryland College Park
"From various competitions to projects to simple group work, the engineering careers magnet has introduced me to the world of engineering and encouraged my interest in studying chemical engineering as my college major."

Nakeesha Williams, Academy of Science, Engineering, and Information Technology, Lansdowne High School
Plans to study computer engineering/science at McDaniel College, Salisbury University, or Capitol Technology University
“Being in a magnet school has had a greater impact on my future goals and will allow me to seek greater opportunities in the future.”

The 2019 scholarships were awarded to BCPS students in conjunction with Baltimore County Public Schools serving as the host of the 37th Annual Magnet Schools of America National Conference. During the conference, to be held in Baltimore from Wednesday, April 10, to Saturday, April 13, more than 1,000 magnet educators are expected to participate in sessions on best practices, hear from keynote speakers, and network with one another.  Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in 22 tours of Baltimore County schools and will enjoy performances by BCPS students and presentations on the school system’s innovative practices.

The scholarship winners will be honored during a Scholarship Award Ceremony on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at the Waterfront Marriott Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., 21202

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