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DAR Good Citizens awards: Bethany Sterner

March 06, 2001

DAR Good Citizens awards: Bethany Sterner



By ASHA PATEL


Bethany Diane Sterner of Hancock High School believes there are many opportunities for students, and the best way to make decisions is with an adaptable attitude.

"The best advice I can give my peers is to keep an open mind," says the 18-year-old.

Sterner's prospective college major illustrates her varying interests. She hopes to pursue a career in either broadcast journalism or pediatrics.

As editor of the yearbook and the school paper, she holds an interest in news. Having completed an internship at NBC25 television station less than a month ago, Sterner realizes that she is even more undecided about her career path. However, with two supportive parents and a driving ambition to be happy over all else, Sterner does not fear the future. She has been accepted into the honors program at University of Maryland, College Park, and is waiting to hear back from Boston University, Syracuse University, Towson State University and University of Southern California.

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For now, the softball season is Sterner's focus. She has played volleyball, basketball and softball all four years of high school.

As a senior this year, she served as the captain of Hancock's volleyball team. Sterner also manages to juggle membership in the drama club, marching and concert bands and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Outside of school, Sterner is a member of Hancock United Methodist Church, and takes part in its youth group.

Bethany believes her most significant contribution to her community was her years as a Girl Scout. She says it's the simple things, such as picking up trash and planting flowers, that make the community a better place. Through her Girl Scout troop, Bethany has also served as a mentor to younger girls at Shawnee Girl Scout Day Camp and at Fairview Outdoor School in Clear Spring.

Bethany is continuing to challenge her abilities by taking AP American History, AP English and CM Psychology.

Counselor McLaurin "Mac" Dawson says of her leadership qualities, "I saw them all:" dependability, leadership, service and patriotism.

"She is just a stellar kid with tremendous potential," he says.

Asha Patel is a senior at North Hagerstown High School.

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