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PRHS' Reed Earns Two National Awards
In April, junior Thomas Reed received two national awards. Thomas was recognized as a Carson Scholar, a national scholarship program that recognizes achievement and service. Later in the month, Thomas was one of seven students who travelled to Connecticut to be honored at the annual banquet for the Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award.
In early April, Thomas received a $1000 scholarship at the Carson Scholars Award (Mid-Atlantic Awards) event in Baltimore, MD. The Carson Scholars are based on academic achievement (minimum 3.75 gpa) and humanitarian achievements and community service for students in grades 4-11. Thomas was the Porter Ridge Nominee for the scholarship and one of the 510 new scholars selected from across the nation. The event was emceed by Sam Donaldson with guests Brooks Robinson (baseball hall of famer), actor Kirk Cameron, entrepreneur Aubrey Chernick and keynote by the scholar fund co-founder neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
In late April, Thomas was one of seven students honored at the Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities® annual gala, “The Sky’s The Limit”. The Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award recognizes students from all over the country who have achieved great success despite their learning challenges and recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD. To qualify, a student must be 19 or younger and have demonstrated initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field—including art, music, science, math, athletics or community service. The event was emceed by Kate Snow, from NBC news.
In describing his achievements on their website, the Epstein award website says:
Thomas is an out-of-the-box thinker whose interests and activities have led to achievements well beyond his school and hometown. A member of the National Honor Society at Porter Ridge High School, Thomas is an accomplished artist and a senior contributor to Creative Kids Magazine. His love of science and the outdoors led to volunteering at the local Reptile Zoo, starting his own reptile breeding business, and communicating with people around the world who share his passion for herpetology. Thomas’s commitment to community service and to sharing his knowledge with others have helped him overcome the challenges posed by dyslexia.
Congratulations, Thomas, and thank you for representing Porter Ridge so well!
Written by: April M. Dawkins, Media Coordinator; photo submitted
Posted: May 14, 2014 by April Dawkins