Student wins first scholarship named after local educator

May 04, 1997


Staff Writer

North Hagerstown High School senior Carly Wolfensberger never knew Kenneth Mann, who served 29 years as a teacher and principal in Washington County before his death last May of cancer.

But she embodies the qualities Mann thought important in an elementary school teacher, said Eastern Elementary School Principal Randy Schultz, who worked with Mann during his long illness to establish criteria for the new scholarship.

"He was very overwhelmed his name would live on in it and would help someone else get into the profession he loved," said Schultz, chairman of the scholarship committee.


School achievement counts, but it's only part of the profile, which has to include a commitment to the education of all students - something Mann felt strongly about - and community spirit, Schultz said.

"We were looking for a well-rounded person with interests and activities outside the elementary school role," he said.

Wolfensberger, 18, daughter of Patricia and Stephen Wolfensberger, is the first recipient of the Dr. Kenneth E. Mann Scholarship Award, a $500 scholarship to be given in his memory by the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals.

Like Mann, she plans to pursue a career in elementary education, coincidentally following his footsteps to Frostburg State University.

It's been a dream all through high school, said Wolfensberger, who said she has always liked children and enjoyed helping people in general.

She became sure of her vocation this year, after she started working as third-grade teacher Karen Cunningham's aide at Fountaindale Elementary School.

"I figured if I went there, it would help me decide if I wanted to do it, and it did," said Wolfensberger, who's leaning toward second grade. "I just like being able to make an influence on the students and knowing I'm actually doing something to help them."

Wolfensberger certainly fits the well-rounded requirement.

"I really like to be involved with stuff, help plan it, help things happen, I guess," she said.

Wolfensberger serves as president of her class, corresponding secretary for her school's Student Government Association and Latin Club president.

She's also active in Students Against Drunk Driving and the Parent/Teacher/Student Association and has played volleyball for the past four years.

Earlier in her high school career, she volunteered in a Hagerstown nursing home and in the American Red Cross office.

For the past three years, she has worked as a lifeguard.

She plans to do it again this summer and will also teach Red Cross swimming classes.

The Mann scholarship was restricted to a Washington County high school senior this year, Schultz said.

Next year, it will be extended to all Maryland seniors, he said.

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