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2023 SEASON AT CHURCH HILL THEATRE

Church Hill, MD, December 2022— After months of planning and discussion, Church Hill Theatre proudly announces its 2023 Season of outstanding productions. As always, the offerings will include old favorites, edgy new dramas, and a family-friendly musical. With a renovated building, comfortable new seating and improved sound and lighting equipment, CHT will offer audiences a truly professional theater experience.
As the holidays approach, we all debate what to give friends and relatives who already “have everything they need.” A season membership subscription could be the perfect Christmas present: 5 flex-tickets to be used in any combination during the whole 2023 season. Here’s what’s included in the package:
Summertree, by Ron Cowen (January 20 – February 5) Moving back and forth in time, we follow the coming-of-age story of a young man facing the Viet Nam War draft in the 1960s. Choices must be made and while there are not always happy endings, laughs, tears, and memories endure.
Sense and Sensibility, by Kate Hamill, (March 17 – April 2) adapted from the Jane Austin novel. This fast-paced, brilliantly funny version of a true classic employs inventive choreography as actors play multiple parts. Will the Dashwood sisters find love and happiness? You bet they will.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the  Musical,  music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and book by Dennis Kelly, (June. 9 – 25) Matilda Wormwood, a bright young student with the gift of telekinesis overcomes obstacles at school and at home.  A magical theatrical experience that has played to SRO audiences around the world will certainly wow us at CHT.  Make reservations early: this will sell out.
Harvey, by Mary Chase (September 8 – 24). Elwood P. Dowd is an ordinary man, except that his best friend is an invisible six-foot three-inch rabbit.  Harvey has been delighting audiences nonstop since 1944, on stage and in the movies, especially the 1950 and 1972 James Stewart versions. Harvey is almost 100 years old and still hopping.
God of Carnage by Jasmina Reza. (November 3 – 19) Two sets of parents meet to discuss an argument their sons had while playing in a park. Ever so civil and polite at first, the adults soon become more boorish than the children. Translated from the original 2008 French play, God of Carnage has become a critics’ favorite.  There are plenty of laughs but also strong themes and language.
As always, the most convenient and economical way to enjoy Church Hill Theatre productions is with a season membership.  Two levels of membership are being offered in 2023. The Membership Plus includes five tickets to use anytime during 2023. All memberships include reduced ticket prices for additional tickets, a 10% reduction for the Green Room Gang summer camp and other classes, and early notification about any additional programs or productions at the theater. Members also can purchase reduced-price tickets for their own guests. 
Memberships can be purchased online at churchhilltheatre.org or by calling the Church Hill Theatre office at 410-556-6003.

WISH UPON A STAR  Dance Program at Church Hill Theatre on December 19

November 2022 RhythmXpress, an outstanding company of dancers, will perform its choreographic magic in a “Wish Upon A Star Holiday Showcase” on Monday, December 19 at 7 pm. The program will include solo, partner and group choreography set to a variety of favorite holiday music and Disney tunes.

RhythmXpress, LLC provides competitive and leadership opportunities for dancers with various intellectual disabilities. Coached by Jacki Moreland, founder of Beyond the Ballroom, RhythmXpress was featured recently at the 2022 Global Down Syndrome Gala in Washington DC. The company has provided support and entertainment for numerous charitable organizations, including GiGi’s Playhouse and Special Olympics.  Dancers will include two International Special Olympic DanceSport champions, Chris Dooley and Robert Wallop. Robert is also the reigning 2022 USA Dance ProAm champion in Bronze American Smooth and Rhythm. Other dancers are Funmi Agbebi, Olivia August, Claire Blumberg, Abby Gibbons, Alicia Gogue, Thomas Rickloff, Brianna Roseboro, and Sarah Wheeler.

Church Hill Theatre is delighted to host this special event in its historic Art Deco theater at 103 Walnut Street in Church Hill, Maryland. While particularly inspirational for families with young children, RhythmXpress will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at the door. The dancers are excited to showcase their talents with a new audience and look forward to sharing the evening with you!

Connie Dean Receives Proclamation from the Governor for National Apprenticeship Week

Connie Dean, our Career Technology Liaison with the QAC Economic and Tourism Development Department was presented with a proclamation from the state of Maryland for National Apprenticeship Week along with Adam Tolley from Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. They hosted the first event on the eastern shore in honor of this week.

“We have been working closely together to strengthen the career development programs for Queen Anne’s County. This is a team effort, and we have a strong partnership between Queen Anne’s County Economic Development and Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.” Said Connie Dean

Currently Queen Anne’s County ranks highest on the eastern shore for the number of students involved in the Youth Apprenticeship program.

This week was established in 2015 to raise awareness of the meaningful contribution’s apprenticeship programs in the United States make to our country’s workforce. The state of Maryland has an Apprenticeship Maryland Program which is active in 21 of the state’s public school systems including Queen Anne’s County.

The Youth Apprenticeship Program involves juniors and seniors in high school that are preparing for a career by matching them with a local business that is approved to offer an apprenticeship. The hands on learning is supported by related classroom education.

To find out more about the program visit https://choosequeenannes.com/youth-career-development/ or follow then on social media @ChooseQueenAnnes or contact Connie Dean directly at cdean@qac.org

Picture L-R: Bob Zimberoff, Maryland Department of Labor, Connie Dean, Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development, Adam Tolley, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools

Teacher of the Month-Bill Hazy

We’re spending 2022 highlighting local teachers, and this month we spoke to Bill Hazy, a biology teacher at Kent Island High School. We got to learn a little bit more about why Bill became a teacher, his involvement in Plastic Free QAC and more.

What is your educational background?

I grew up about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh in a town called Beaver. I graduated from there, then went on to study for my BS at the University of Pittsburgh where I majored in Biology and minored in Theater. I took a few gap years where I managed the Urban Outfitters in Pittsburgh, but then decided I missed education and went back to the University of Pittsburgh where I got my Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialty in high school science education.

What drew you to teaching biology?

My senior year AP Biology teacher, Mrs. Madden. She was absolutely amazing and taught me so many things that I still use today. Eighteen years later, I can still remember her jokes, explanations, and how she always was able to keep everything so upbeat and exciting… even the most boring topics. Other than that, I’d always been fascinated by evolution and took as many classes as I could in college about it and have some really great memories about the things we learned at Pitt in the upper level bio classes. 

I understand you were recently involved in Plastic Free QAC’s Rethink the Straw campaign; could you tell me a little bit about the campaign and your involvement?

The campaign itself is something that I feel strongly about. There’s a lot of single-use plastic items that aren’t as necessary as we like to think they are. Considering that most of these plastic items take hundreds of years to degrade and we only use them for a few minutes, I think it’s a good starting point. My involvement has been a lot less than you may be giving me credit for. I have been working with Jenny Vedrani and Sara Shelley who are on the board for Plastic Free QAC, and they mentioned how much they’d like to get high school students involved. Being that I teach AP Environmental Science and am one of the NHS co-advisers, I told them that I’m sure I have some kids who would be passionate about helping them. This is where Reese Delp and Kelsie Hart came into the picture. They volunteered to help out with the project and really helped it to become, what I think, is a huge success. I’m really excited to see where the partnership with Plastic Free QAC goes in the future as I think there’s a growing push from the kids to do more and be more involved in the sustainability of the local ecosystem.

What are some aspects of teaching you find difficult? What about aspects you find rewarding?

I’ll start with what I consider to be the most rewarding. It’s simple… getting to work with the kids every day and helping them develop into the leaders and people they become. Nothing makes me happier than hearing about their successes or when I hear back from my kids after graduating and finding out all the amazing things they’ve done or are doing now. I know some of them think I’m just blowing smoke, but I tell them all the time that I can’t wait to see what they do in the future. As far as the most difficult… it’s just finding the time to get everything done. There’s always something more I can do, and it’s difficult to find where to draw the line. My wife and I have a five year old, and he, of course, always wants as much attention as we can give him, so it’s really hard sometimes to try to balance family life with things I need to do, things I’d like to do, coaching ice hockey, and working with the National Honor Society and Debate Club.

Was there a teacher you had in school that left a big impact on you? 

I had a bunch! I think I can remember every teacher I ever had going back to kindergarten, but the ones who I will say shaped me the most are: my 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher, Mr. Steele; my 10th-12th grade journalism teacher; my 11th grade AP English teacher Mr. Kissick; my 12th grade AP Biology teacher; and, the aforementioned Mrs. Madden. Mr. Steele was the first really fun teacher I had. He was sarcastic and silly, but was really into history and teaching his students about history. I looked forward to going into his room every day for two school years. He was the first one who made me consider teaching as a future career. Mr. Kissick was the first teacher who I felt I really connected with on a personal level. He liked the same kind of music that I did, and we frequently talked about music, exchanged CDs (yah, it was that long ago!), and even played music together a few times. He also did a lot of really cool in-class stuff that I use with my students today. Finally, Mrs. Madden is who gave me the passion for biology. I love how much effort she put into everything that she did and really appreciate her instilling that passion in me. 

When you’re not teaching, how do you spend your time?

There’s so many things… my wife always says I’m interested in everything. I spend a lot of time with my wife, Sara and son Kaiden. We also have our own personal zoo at home; two dogs, two cats, and two rats. So… there’s always animal and child-related things going on in our house. In particular, we like to go down to the beach and go for walks. Kaiden’s become quite an explorer and likes to ask all sorts of questions about nature and what’s going on outside, so I of course love that. We go to a lot of zoos, museums, parks, etc. Anything to get us talking and learn more about what’s happening around us. When I’m alone, I watch sports all the time. Being from Pittsburgh, I love football, especially the Steelers. My biggest sport passion, though, is ice hockey. I’m an assistant coach for the Kent Island team, and have been a Penguins fan since I was five years old. I love hockey. When I have the time, I like to read and play video games as well. I’m pretty easy to keep entertained!

If you know a teacher who makes a difference you can nominate them at shoreupdate.com/teachers or you can email marcus@shoreupdate.com

Chamber Member of the Month-KTB

In 2022, supporting local businesses is more important than ever. The local Chamber of Commerce is a valuable resource for local businesses, and that is why we are highlighting a different member of the Chamber every month. The Chamber of Commerce is a regional resource that allows local businesses to reach out and get information in regards to business, community resources and the law. The Chamber also helps you learn more about businesses in the community and the community as a whole. Whether you’re just starting out or are running a million dollar company, the Chamber can help your business be its best. That is why every month we are highlighting a different Chamber Member of the Month! 

This month’s Chamber Member of the Month is Keep the Beat CPR and First Aid. I talked to Caitlin Brenner, owner of KTB, about the courses they offer, CPR myths and more!

How did KTB get started?

KTB was initially established in 1995; my husband and I acquired the company in 2015. My husband started as an instructor with KTB and fell in love with teaching CPR. He is a paramedic with over 20 years of experience so to be able to pass along the importance of CPR training through teaching has been extremely rewarding. We acquired KTB a little over 7 years ago and have enjoyed growing our company with new class offerings and many new students. 

You all offer a really wide variety of courses. Could you give me a brief rundown on what the different categories of courses are?

The variety of our class offerings can be categorized as: Healthcare Professionals, Workplace Safety, and Personal Development. For our healthcare professionals, we offer BLS Provider, ACLS Provider & PALS Provider courses. Our ACLS & PALS Provider courses are taught by paramedics with decades of experience between them so these students receive information from experienced providers, which adds so much value to their training. We also have Bloodborne Pathogens available for our healthcare providers and General Industry students, as needed. 

For our Workplace Safety courses, we offer Basic CPR AED & First Aid, Fire Extinguisher Safety Training, and AVERT: Active Violence Emergency Response Training. Our CPR AED and First Aid courses can be completed together or separately; and can be completed in a traditional classroom setting or in a blended learning format (an online course and an in-person skills session). I personally love our Fire Extinguisher Safety Training program as we use simulated fire scenarios which allows us to offer this class in a clean, safe way and indoors, any time of the year. I am very happy to be able to offer our AVERT class to folks! AVERT addresses active assailant and advanced bleeding control and is a class that is beneficial to everyone – literally EVERYONE! 

Our Personal Development classes include Wilderness First Aid and CABS: Child & Babysitting Safety. Our Wilderness First Aid class is taught by an Eagle Scout and is often sought by local Boy Scout troops. It is also a great class for groups of folks that know they will be out far away from medical assistance. Our CABS class is a super fun way to introduce teens to the world of babysitting and it helps to engage their entrepreneurial minds!

I’m guessing a lot of people who use your training do so for work. Do you have a lot of people come in just to learn the skills? Could you say why these skills are important for lay people to have?

We absolutely do have students come to us for CPR training just because they want to learn how to save a life. I love when these folks come in because there is always a glow of confidence and empowerment by the time class is over. Learning CPR is a simple way to learn life saving skills that could help anyone in your life. 

Have you heard any stories from people you’ve trained about using techniques taught in class to save a life?

Every so often we have students come into class and tell us that they have had to do CPR and they always say “I’m glad I took your class.” They are always so grateful that they knew exactly what they needed to do and how to help someone. 

Any common CPR/first aid myths you’d like to dispel?

Never be afraid to push too deep! When performing compressions during CPR, never be afraid to push too deep. It may take more effort than you think but don’t let that stop you from giving good quality chest compressions. Bystanders, the folks in our classes, are the ones starting CPR as soon as possible and saving lives and it is amazing!

If you are interested in learning more about Keep the Beat you can go to their website at: www.ktbtraining.net. If you would like to learn more about the Chamber of Commerce you can go to their website here: www.qacchamber.com.

Woman of the Month-Heather Bacher

Chesapeake Power of 100 Women is a nonprofit that brings women together to make a difference in our community. Each member donates 100 dollars into a pool of money and then members vote on what local nonprofit will receive their collective donation. They have raised nearly 50,000 dollars for local non profits like The Chesterwye Foundation, Compass, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence and more. We’re highlighting a different member of the Power of 100 every month-and this month we talked to Heather Bacher-senior vice president at Shore United Bank to learn a little more about her and what she likes about Power of 100. 

Tell us something you’d like members and Update readers to know about you?

 I love traveling, I just wish I had more time to do it. I have a bucket list item to visit all islands in the Caribbean. So far I have visited about 15.

 Are you native to the Shore? How long have you worked at Shore United? 

   I have lived on Kent Island since 2009.  I have worked for Shore United Bank for 5 years and in the banking industry for over 20 years.  I live in Stevensville with my son, Ryan.

Which local charities have a fond place in your heart and why?

Chesapeake Women’s Network and Bosom Buddies have a close place in my heart.  CWN gives scholarships to women going back to school.  Most of the time they are starting over, going back after having kids, maybe after a bad relationship.  The stories can break your heart but the impact we make can be life changing.  Bosom Buddies promotes breast cancer awareness, encourages early detection , supports treatment and celebrates healing.  My family has been impacted by breast cancer and when my best friend was diagnosed in 2021 the resources this organization offered were incredible. 

If you were to encourage someone to join Power of 100, what would you tell them?

 There is power in numbers and women together are one of the greatest forces in this universe. The generosity of this group collectively makes a big impact. 

What other community organizations do you support and what made you choose them?

CWN, Bosom Buddies, Mid-Shore Community Foundation just to name a few.  I like to support organizations that I can see their efforts actually make a difference and do not have a lot of administrative expenses. 

If you were to nominate a charity to be considered for the Power of 100 meeting, which one would you select and what would you say about them to convince members to vote for them?

I would nominate CWN.  This is a small but mighty organization.  Their scholarships can make a huge impact on individuals in QAC.  You must live and/or work in QAC, be at least 22 years of age and be pursuing an accredited program, certificate program or US college degree.  This is very specific and for a reason.  Many women find themselves in life starting over or rejoining the workforce.  There is very little financial help for this demographic. CWN can be the difference for these women.

You can learn more about Power of 100 at: https://www.powerof100chesapeake.com/. Their next meeting will be in the spring-and you can learn how to sign up on their website. 

FOREVER CHEMICALS FOUND IN EASTERN SHORE WATERWAYS

ShoreRivers’ Riverkeepers are calling for increased testing by the state after the results of a recently released study on PFAS contamination in U.S. surface waters showed concerning levels of the “forever chemical” in some Eastern Shore waterways. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are manmade chemicals that persist in the environment and can be highly toxic with continued exposure.

The study, conducted by Waterkeeper Alliance, assessed PFAS levels in 114 watersheds around the country, including 16 within the Chesapeake Bay region. Maryland had the highest total number of detections and the highest number of different PFAS compounds detected in waterways nationwide. La Trappe Creek, a tributary of the Choptank River, had the second highest number of detections in the state for three of the five most prevalent compounds.

“The results of this study clearly demonstrate the need to urgently increase monitoring for these chemicals in our rivers,” said Matt Pluta, ShoreRivers’ Choptank Riverkeeper and Director of Riverkeeper Programs. “Once we begin detecting PFAS in local waterways and on our land, it’s only a matter of time before we begin to detect them in the fish, crabs, oysters, and even venison that we eat.” 

PFAS are a family of manmade chemicals used for decades to create things like water-repellant clothing, non-stick cookware, firefighting foam, textile treatments like Scotchgard, stain resistant fabrics, personal care products, and food contact materials like microwave popcorn bags and fast-food wrappers. They are are biopersistent, meaning they remain in organisms indefinitely without breaking down, and are bioaccumulative, meaning that over time, they build up in ever increasing amounts in people, wildlife, aquatic life, and the environment.

PFAS can also enter wastewater treatment systems after being absorbed by humans who consume contaminated meat and fish and then discharged into waterways or applied to farm fields in the form of biosolids fertilizer. Continued exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health effects including cancers and other diseases of the thyroid, liver, and kidney, and developmental issues in fetuses and infants. 

Of the eight water samples that ShoreRivers collected for the study, PFAS were detected in five. In addition to La Trappe Creek, where the sample was collected at the point of discharge from the Trappe wastewater treatment plant, concerning levels of PFAS were also detected in Mill Creek on the Wye East River, Morgan Creek’s Urieville Lake on the Chester River, and Mill Creek in the Sassafras River watershed.

“The Eastern Shore has a number of wastewater spray irrigation permits and smaller wastewater treatment plants that are aging and failing to meet treatment standards,” Pluta said. “The PFAS results from La Trappe Creek at the point where the Town of Trappe’s wastewater treatment plant discharges underscore the need to upgrade and modernize the treatment technology at these older systems before contamination levels get worse.”

The study organized by Waterkeeper Alliance comes on the heels of an effort from the Maryland Department of the Environment to sample fish tissues for PFAS in 2020. The department reported that samples from the Eastern Shore showed no levels of concern, but issued its first-ever fish consumption advisory based on PFAS levels in Piscataway Creek in Prince George’s County, and a first of its kind wastewater discharge permit for the Naval Support Facility Indian Head requiring monitoring for PFAS in wastewater and biosolids.

To learn more about the report from Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit focused on clean water that connects and mobilizes more than 300 local waterkeeper groups like ShoreRivers worldwide, and to read the study’s results in full, visit waterkeeper.org/pfas. ShoreRivers believes that more testing is needed to present a clearer picture of the presence of these chemicals and their effects on Eastern Shore waterways. To support those efforts, or to learn more about the work ShoreRivers is currently doing to monitor local rivers, visit shorerivers.org or contact your local riverkeeper.

Gunston Senior Zach Mozher Selected as National Merit Semifinalist

Centreville, MD – The Gunston School is pleased to announce Senior Zacharia (Zach) Mozher of Middletown, Del. has been selected as a semifinalist in the 68th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program, making him a part of the top 16,000 high school students selected out of 1.5 million qualified applicants. National Merit semifinalists represent less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States and include the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

Mozher will be competing for about 7,500 scholarships worth almost $30M. Roughly 15,000 semifinalists will advance to the finalist level in February, with scholarships awarded later in the spring. The application process is rigorous, requiring an outstanding academic record as well as a detailed record of school and community engagement in various activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, endorsements and recommendations by a high school official, an essay, and near perfect SAT or ACT scores. 

“As an academic, Zach chose to accelerate his studies starting in grade nine,” said Assistant Head of School Christie Grabis. “At the close of this year, he will have completed 11 AP courses. He is also a National Honor Society peer tutor and highly effective working with others.”

Last year, Mozher was selected by the faculty for Gunston’s Paul M. Long Award, given to the “junior who in his/her first three years at Gunston has made the greatest contribution to the school via academic work, student government, clubs, sports, service activities, chorus, drama, and general effort, time, and energy expended in the interest of the school. The award is named in honor of Paul M. Long who was Headmaster for 19 years.”

“Zach is more than a student; he’s a scholar, athlete, and citizen of the highest order. He led the school’s academic team to multiple appearances at the National Small School Quiz Bowl Championships in Chicago, where he ranks near the top of all scorers,” added Head of School John Lewis.

Mozher’s advisor, Tom Chafey agrees. “Zach is an exceptional student and he certainly has a fantastic knack for coding and a powerful curiosity for technology.” 

Mozher himself is interested in biology and is considering a pre-med track and eventually becoming a doctor. “AP bio was the first time I ever studied biology in-depth, and the more I learned, the more it blew my mind,” he said. 

Becoming a semifinalist was indeed a goal of his and he offered this advice to others, “I think at the end of the day, it comes down to prioritizing school work and studying and making sure that gets done before everything else. Planning ahead and good time management are also really important, especially when it comes to studying for the PSAT and SAT.”

Queen Anne’s Chorale presents PEACE AND HARMONY

Anxious? Frustrated?? Depressed and scared by the content of the daily news cycle? Looking for a way to feel calm and relaxed??
The holidays are fast approaching and whatever you celebrate, this time of year always adds an element of stress to our daily lives. After the past several years, we are all striving to find the “new normal”, and added stress is not what we need as we enter into this joyful season. Queen Anne’s Chorale, however, has a solution! Their annual holiday concert on December 3rd and 4th is entitled “Peace and Harmony”, and will feature serene and quiet music, along with traditional holiday favorites to get you into the spirit and help calm jangled nerves. One of the beautiful pieces being offered is Felix Mendelssohn’s “How Lovely Are the Messengers”, a hauntingly lovely song whose couriers preach “the gospel of peace” from his famous oratorio Saint Paul. “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is based on the 1863 poem “Christmas Bells’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, that tells of Christmas bells being heard during the American Civil War. The carol concludes with the bells ringing out that there will ultimately be “…peace on earth, good will to men”. Artistic Director Bob Huntington noted that singers have fallen in love with a fresh setting of the Gaelic Blessing called “Deep Peace” by Bill Douglas. The text is a kind of litany wishing for the recipient the deep peace of “running waves,” “flowing air,” “quiet earth,” “shining stars”, “gentle night”, and “healing light”.
The Select Ensemble, a group of auditioned singers from the Chorale’s ranks, will offer several pieces that will delight the audience with holiday music. Guest artist Heather Fullerton will play flute. The audience will be invited to join in the sing-along portion of the concert, which is always a favorite. A light reception will follow the concert.
The concerts will be performed at Centreville United Methodist Church located at 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville, on Saturday, December 3 at 7pm, and again on Sunday, December 4 at 3pm. Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for adults, with children through high school admitted free. For more information, go to www.qachorale.org.
Queen Anne’s Chorale is supported in part through grants from the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.


Gunston Welcomes 51 Students to the National Honor Society 

Centreville, MD – The Gunston School is pleased to welcome 51 students to the National Honor Society. Joined by their families, students assembled in Gunston’s Field House for the ceremony. 

This year’s newly selected members include juniors Quinn Baughman, Michael Billings, Zoe Buzzelli, Benjamin Cook, Turner Day, Liam Dickey, Harrison Dunstan, Allie Fitzgerald, Edward Gillespie, Trevor Green, Colin Hallmark, Jessica Hammond, Caeden Harrison, Abigail Houseknecht, Samantha Jayne, Sophia Kent, Maren Kneeland, Lucas LaFleur, Ben Lutz, Madison Lutz, Josie Merton, Caitlin Myers, Tilghman Overton, Lilah Paddy, Matthew Periconi, Katherine Porter, Taylor Rainer, Joanna Riley, Ava Runz, Jan Serraviñals, Annabelle Sinatra, Jonah Smith, Isabella Taylor, and Jackson Wood. 

Newly inducted seniors include Nick Ceruolo, Thomas de los Reyes, Olivia Faff, Catherine Hansen, Garrett Lang, Calla McCluskey, Bates Nittle, Grace Anne Phillips, Miranda Pope, Nathan Porter, Aaron Sanderson, MacKenzie Smith, William Stuart, Finnegan Theeke, Brielle Tyler, Autumn Watson, and Linze (Alfred) Zhao.

Current NHS officers include the following seniors: President Lane Parkhurst, Vice President Kelby Booth, Secretary Olivia Amygdalos, Service Coordinator Julia Buchanan, Parliamentarian Angelina Lin and Communications Zack Adams. 

This year’s guest speaker was Judith Warfield Price, president of the Centreville Rotary Club who is also a Paul Harris Fellow for her support of the international Rotary Foundation. A native of the Eastern Shore, Judy graduated from Saints Peter & Paul High School in Easton, received her B.A in political science from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College, and, subsequently, her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland. In addition to various roles throughout her career, she also served as the Executive Director of the Waterfowl Festival, an Eastern Shore non-profit benefiting wildlife conservation. She served in that position from the Festival’s 26th year through its 43rd year and had the honor of being chosen to serve on the panel of judges for the 2009 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. Price recently retired from The Aspen Institute, Inc., where she has worked since 2014.

Mrs. Price spoke to the students about being open to taking appropriate professional risks and adapting to change; Looking beyond ourselves and responding to the needs of others locally, nationally, and globally; and, enjoying the journey along the way.

Each fall, membership in NHS is offered to those students who meet the required standards put forth by the national office in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 88 (B+) or higher. 

Students who meet this criterion are invited to submit a comprehensive resume that outlines their activities, achievements, leadership, and service. To evaluate a candidate on the national criterion of character, a student’s school records are reviewed, and each candidate selects four members of the faculty to provide their professional reflections on the candidate’s citizenship, leadership, activities, and personal conduct.