Award-winning students honored for high grades

November 19, 1998

Student AwardsBy SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photos: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

Curtis Winger, a senior at Boonsboro High School, looked embarrassed Wednesday night as his parents bragged about his academic achievements.

"We are very proud of him. He is a very well-rounded young man and he will succeed no matter what he does," said his mother, Tama Winger.

Winger was one of 126 Washington County students, the most ever, who had a 3.7 cumulative grade-point average or higher at the end of their junior year. Each student was given an Award of Excellence at a dinner ceremony at the Venice Inn on Wednesday.

Winger, 16, has a 4.1 average, which is possible because he received A's in advanced placement classes.

"I am pretty proud. It is something to put on my application for college," said Winger, who has a part-time job at Martin's Food Market.


"You worked hard," said his father, Terry.

Other parents and relatives accompanying their children to the ceremony were also impressed with their children's performances.

Rebecca Grove, 17, a senior at North High School, had a 3.7 or 3.8 grade-point average, said her father, E. Kenneth Grove Jr.

"We are very proud of Becca," said Grove, a former school board member. "The system recognizes students who achieve academically and make a significant contribution,"

Student awardsSchools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr. said the number of students who received the award this year came as a surprise. When the district raised its academic standards last year, district officials expected the number of students reaching this academic level would drop, he said.

Instead, they had more award-winning students, both in number and proportionally, then ever, he said. Last year 107 students received the award.

Outgoing state Del. D. Bruce Poole gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

"Congratulations, because you have achieved already what so many would like to have done," Poole said.

Now that the students have shown they can succeed, Poole suggested they try something else: "Go out and lose." He urged them to try something they think can't be done.

He said he recently lost at something - he was defeated in the Nov. 3 general election by Christopher Shank.

"I have had a lot of success and lost," he said.

Bartlett encouraged the students to follow Poole's advice.

"Stretch yourself. Do the undoable," he said. "When you are done, come back here and lead us."

"You are our model for the future. You are the best Washington County has to offer," Bartlett said.

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