CA Awards Five Columbia Teens for Excellence in Community Service

Each Spirit of Columbia Scholarship winner receives a $2,500 scholarship

 The Columbia Association (CA) announces the winners of its Maggie J. Brown Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award for Columbia high school seniors who have shown dedication to performing community service. CA has been recognizing high school seniors for outstanding service to their community for more than 20 years. The winners will each receive a $2,500 scholarship.

The Columbia Association applauds the following award recipients, listed in alphabetical order:

Alexander Hart is a graduating senior from Wilde Lake High School who has been volunteering at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen since 2007. After volunteering with his family at the soup kitchen for the first time, Alex knew he wanted to help people in need. Alex also created the Alex Hart Eagle Project wherein he designed, built and installed a sign that allowed Fire Station 9 in Columbia to deliver messages to the community by using an interchangeable lettering system.

 Rebecca Kampi is a graduating senior from Long Reach High School and was a participant in Leadership Howard County’s Leadership U Program. In this program Rebecca and her group created the project T.A.D.A. (Teen Against Drugs and Alcohol) and made presentations to middle school youth groups about the consequences of using drugs and alcohol. Rebecca has also been involved with CA’s Teen Advisory Committee, wherein she planned and implemented the Darfur Charity Walk.

 Diane Mun is a graduating senior from Long Reach High School who has been a member of Long Reach’s “Students Helping Other People” club. The club organized a food drive for Grassroots that donated canned goods to the local homeless during the holidays. During Diane’s second year participating in the food drive she was one of the project leaders and the club raised approximately $5,000 for Grassroots and were able to feed more than twenty families for more than one week.

 Melissa Noriega is a graduating senior from Atholton High School and has been a member of the Student Leadership Cadre at Atholton since her sophomore year and currently serves as the Student Leadership Cadre President. In addition to tutoring students at Clemens Crossing Elementary School through this leadership program, Melissa interned her junior year with an oncologist observing the diagnosis and treatment of patients as they fought their battle with cancer. This was a part of her research focus: Ideal Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Environment Before and After Cancer Diagnosis.

 Corinne Zahlis is a graduating senior from Hammond High School who created The Zahlis Zoo Relay team through the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Howard County to honor her younger brother who died from cancer and to encourage volunteerism among other high school students. Corinne also participated in the 2008 Sister Cities High School Exchange Program with Tres Cantos, Spain. Corinne is a member of the Sister Cities Teen Advisory Committee and has presented at parent/student orientations as well as in language classes at Hammond.

 Congratulations to all of the recipients. Their dedication to service has made a positive impact on the Columbia community.

For media inquiries, contact:

Shelia L. Green
General Manager of Communications & Community Relations



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