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The Dundalk High School Class of 1962
Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Awards to the Class of 2022

Winners of the Dundalk Class of 1962 Scholarship for 2022 are Panagiotis (Pete) Fafalios, Miguel Duran Sanchez, and Akema Mitchell.

This fall, Panagiotis Fafalios will be attending Johns Hopkins University to study Economics and Computer Science. Pete was valedictorian of his class with an impressive weighted GPA of 5.40. Pete took numerous AP classes throughout high school and scored highly on the SAT. Pete was also a part of the Computer Science and Cybersecurity magnet program at Sollers Point Technical High School. He was Co-President of the National Honor Society and earned varsity letters in both tennis and badminton. Pete was a member of the Maryland Center of School Safety Legislative Committee Student Focus Group. He was also a very active member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and earned Regional and State Finalist awards in competitions.

This fall, Miguel Duran Sanchez will be attending Stevenson University to study business in order to help with his family's business and to reach his goal of running his own business one day. Miguel plays several instruments, including the alto saxophone, bass guitar, electric guitar, and acoustic drums. Miguel was also an important member of the Dundalk High School Football team since the 9th grade. Faith is an important part of Miguel's life, and he is very involved in his church. Miguel also enjoys volunteering and helping others in his community. He served with L.A. Street Ministries, by helping to serve food and provide supplies to families in need and the elderly during the pandemic. Miguel provided 148 hours of service to the L.A. Street Ministries.

This Fall, Akema Mitchell will be attending Bowie State University to study Business Administration. After earning her Bachelor's degree, Akema would like to earn her MBA. Her goal is to earn her MBA by the age of 23! Akema was also a part of the Cosmetology magnet program at Sollers Point Technical High School. Through this program, Akema was able to earn her Cosmetology license while in high school. In her free time, Akema enjoys helping out the homeless in Baltimore. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, drawing, and cosmetology. She has taken gymnastics, ballet classes, swimming lessons, played percussion instruments, and achieved a black belt in karate.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2021

France Jimenez The winner of the 2021 Class of 1962 Scholarship is France Jimenez. This fall Ms. Jimenez will attend Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. She is interested in Sociology and Education with the objective of becoming a lawyer and helping young people in poor neighborhoods. France's interests in high school have included academics, music, and athletics. She has served as section leader in the Chamber Choir and played four musical instruments, including piano, guitar, ukulele, and saxophone. She was a member of the soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams and served as team captain. Outside school, France tutored and cared for a younger brother and worked at the local Target store. France enjoys writing, teaching, and working with younger children.

France has sent the following thank you letter to our scholarship comitttee:

France Jimenez Before I start with the good stuff, I would just simply like to explain why I have been MIA in the times you've tried to get a hold of me. I work a part time job at Target, which has required 30+ hours of my time every week for about a year now. Right along with that, I have been going through nothing but busy days with my family and their terrible planning. In fact, my days off from work consist of just rest, because I believe it is essential for the soul. Considering I dedicated the better half of the past 4+ years literally dedicating my entire being into school, I felt that I was really due for days off, which I gave myself after graduating. So, that is where I have been, and I do apologize for taking so long to get back to you.

Regarding my scholarship, I have no words except thank you. I understand that I only received this scholarship because I was valedictorian, so I don't think you had much choice in the matter, but it still means a lot to me and my family. We seriously need all the help we can get.

In the fall, I will be attending Loyola University (in Maryland) to major in Education, whilst participating in their Pre-Law program. When I get older, I want to become an educational program attorney. If you'd like, I can explain to you why in another email. I am nothing short of talented and brilliant, so I can personally assure you that you have made the right 'choice' in making me the recipient of this scholarship. It will go to nothing except my education, maybe a McDonald's meal after class one day but that would be the only time it wouldn't (kidding).

Nonetheless, I hope that this email reads well with you and the rest of the alumni whom you choose to share this with. I , from the very bottom of my heart, am extremely grateful for all of you. Have a wonderful and amazing day, just as I will.

Sincerely, France Jimenez

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2020

Jacob Hornberger The winner of the Dundalk Class of 1962 Scholarship for 2020 is Jacob Hornberger. Jacob is an outstanding scholar with a weighted GPA of 4.77. He will initially attend the Community College of Baltimore County for an Associates degree in Biology. He then intends to apply to a four-year university to prepare for a career in medicine. Jacob's statements about his future plans have shown his altruism and his concern for human suffering. The Class of 1962 is very proud of this very accomplished young scholar and promising humanitarian.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2019

Sophia Pezza The winner of the Class of '62 scholarship for 2019 is Sophia Pezza. Ms. Pezza plans to attend the University of Maryland in the fall majoring in neurobiology and physiology. During high school Sophia participated in the Model United Nations and the Student Government Association. She also competed in track and field, golf, and cheerleading.

Scholarship Awards to the Class of 2018

Farley and Newberger The winner of the Class of '62 scholarship was Anastasia Farley. Anastasia, who won other awards at the ceremony, was also Valedictorian of the DHS Class of 2018. Ms. Farley plans to attend Susquehanna College in Pennsylvania in the fall. Katie Paterka Roppelt, who won the first Class of 1962 scholarship 17 years ago, presented the award.

The recipient of the Class of 1962 Barbara Wernecke Durkin Scholarship award of $2000 for 2018 was Kayla Newberger. This is the fifth and final year of the "Barb" award, which was entirely funded by Barbara's husband Bill Durkin. Alice Jones Redmond presented the award. Dundalk High School's Class of 1962 has awarded over $116,000 to extraordinarily talented and deserving seniors at DHS over the past 18 years.

Scholarship Awards to the Class of 2017

Amanda Dove The recipient of the Class of 1962 scholarship for 2017 is Amanda Dove. Amanda will attend UMBC in the fall and study mathematics. She made straight A's in high school. In her spare time she enjoys bowling and dancing. Her parents are DHS grads and so is her grandmother (class of 65). Amanda is an outstanding young woman and will do a great job in college. Summer Nevins, our 2015 winner presented the award.

The recipient of the Class of 1962 Barbara Wernecke Durkin Scholarship for 2017, funded by Bill Durkin, is Shamar Stinnett. Shamar will attend Stevenson University and major in Theater and Media performance and minor in secondary education. Our classmate Alice Jones Redmond presented the award.

Scholarship Awards to the Class of 2016

Katelyn Ludwig The recipient of the Class of 1962 scholarship for $7500 was Katelyn Ludwig. She planned to attend Notre Dame of Maryland University with a major in nursing and a minor in psychology. She graduated from high school with a 3.4 GPA and a 4.67 QPA. Through a partnership with Dundalk High, Katelyn also attended the Academy of Health Professions at Sollers Point Technical High School where she received a certification as a Nurse's Assistant and for CPR. Katelyn was also a tri-athlete in high school and plans to play softball and participate in a volunteer service sorority at Notre Dame.

The recipient of the Dundalk High School Class of 1962 Barbara Wernecke Durkin Scholarship for 2016 was Alexis Moiseyenkov. Alexis was on the Honor Roll throughout high school, and was enrolled in the Advance Path Academy throughout high school in order to graduate a year early. In her junior year she won an award in The Optimist Club essay contest and she participated in the Model UN during her junior and senior years. Alexis was also active in the Dundalk High athletic program including tennis and badminton. Her community activities included participation in the Fourth of July parade with the Dundalk baseball team and fundraising with the U.S. Army. Alexis planned to enroll in the Journalism program at Kingston University.

Scholarship Awards to the Class of 2015

Summer Nevins The recipient of the 2015 Dundalk High Class of 1962 scholarship was Summer Nevins. Summer won the social studies academic award, the Athletic Booster Club Scholar Award and the Girl of the Year award from the Optimist Club. The DHS Faculty Committee that selected Summer told us that she took the maximum number of Advanced Placement courses and always shows outstanding dedication. Summer plans to attend the University of Maryland in College Park where she will pursue a major in a medical field.

The winner of the 2015 Barbara Wernecke Durkin Award was Steven Shaw. Steven was in the top 5% of his high school class and will attend Barbara's alma mater at Towson University where he will study to be a high school teacher. This was the second year for this scholarship, which was made possible by the generosity our classmate Barbara Warnecke. Click here to read more about Barbara.

Scholarship Awards to the Class of 2014

Jacob Bass The recipient of the 2014 Dundalk High Class of 1962 scholarship for $7500 is Jacob Bass. Jacob was both a scholar and athlete at Dundalk High. He had a 4.0 grade point average and was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He was captain of the tennis team and the badminton team. Jacob plans to attend the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is interested in studying Computer Engineering. The scholarship was presented at the May 2014 graduation ceremony at the new Sollers Dundalk High School auditorium.

Denisse Jimenez The recipient of the Dundalk High Class of 1962 Barbara Wernecke Durkin Scholarship for 2014 for $2000 is Denisse Jimenez. Denisse was a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Government Association. She played junior varsity and varsity volleyball and competed in indoor track and she volunteered at St. Rita's Church. Denisse plans to attend St. Johns University in the fall and is interested in drama, international business, and marketing. This was the first year for this scholarship, which was made possible by the generosity our classmate Barbara Warnecke. Click here to read more about Barbara. Read the letter from Denisse.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2013

Ijaz Ahmed The recipient of the Class of 1962 scholarship award for 2013 is Ijaz Ahmed. Ijaz is in the top 1% of the graduating class with a 3.88 grade point average. In addition he is very active in school and community activities. Ijaz will be attending University of Maryland, Baltimore County and will be studying Biomedical Engineering. The scholarship was presented at the May graduation ceremony. Ijaz He is another great winner of our scholarship. In the past 11 years our class has awarded $69,000 to very deserving seniors at Dundalk High. View the video of the 2013 award presentation.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2012

taylor The recipient of the Class of 1962 scholarship award for 2012 is Kirsten Elan Taylor. Kirsten was Vice President of her Senior Class, was President of the National Honor Society, and achieved a 3.93 GPA, which places her in the top 1% of the senior class. In addition to our scholarship, Kirsten received the Business Academic Award, the Principal's Discretionary Award, the Sollers Point Class of 1966 Scholarship, the DHS Positive Impact Scholarship, and the DHS Most Involved Senior Award. She was also selected as the Optimist Club's Girl of the Year. Kirsten plans to attend St. Edwards University, a small Catholic school in Austin Texas and intends to study psychology. After graduation from college she plans to either go on a church mission or join the Peace Corps. The $6200 scholarship was presented at the May graduation ceremony by Grace Purgavie Mevers who represented our class. Read the note from Kirsten to our class.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2011

The winner of our DHS Class of 62 Scholarship for 2011 was Sadia Ahmed, who was in the top 5% of her class with a weighted GPA of 3.88. Her goal is to become a doctor, and she will be attending Towson University. Sadia came to the United States from Bangladesh in the beginning of her junior year. She had to master a new language and adjust to life in a new country, but she has managed to excel academically despite these challenges. Sadia has also participated in a variety of school-wide activities (in both the USA and Bangladesh), including: Career Exploration Club, Arts and Crafts Club, and the Badminton Club, as well as local community clean-ups and tree planting days. Ms. Ahmed also held an after-school job at Wal-Mart to help support her family. Best wishes to Sadia at Towson University and in her future career. View the video of the 2011 award presentation.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2010

The 2010 recipient of the Class of 62 Scholarship award was Amanda Brioche. At Dundalk High School, Amanda started the Volunteer In Everywhere group, while attending Advanced Placement classes and maintaining a 3.7 grade-point academic average. In addition to the recognition from the Class of 62, Amanda also won the Comcast Leaders and Achievement Award, earning a total of over $12,000 in academic scholarships. Ms. Brioche will attend the University of Miami this fall and intends to major in meteorology. View the video of the 2010 award presentation.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2009

The 2009 Class of 1962 scholarship winner was Avia Marie Esposito. As a student at Dundalk High School, Avia achieved a Quality Point Average of 4.65. This means that she excelled in the toughest advanced placement classes at the school. While at DHS she also participated in music, receiving the orchestra award and the golden string award. She also played volleyball and was active in vacation bible school. Avia is interested in a career in oncology either as a physician or as a lab scientist. Such occupational interests would continue to make a contribution to the Dundalk community since southeast Baltimore County has one of the highest rates of cancer in the country. Avia's college education will begin this fall when she attends Stevenson University majoring in medical technology. View the video of the 2009 award presentation.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2008

Hortensia Maria Montoya The 2008 Class of '62 scholarship winner was Hortensia Maria Montoya, a superior scholar, athlete, and true friend to her classmates. Hortensia has played soccer, volleyball and lacrosse, served on her class steering committee, and still has managed to maintain a 3.78 QPA! Pretty impressive, and well-deserving of our $5,000 award (still the largest award of any other DHS alumni class). Like all of our other scholarship recipients, this young woman plans to "give back". After attending St. Mary's College, she'd like to teach English in Baltimore County. View the video of the 2008 award presentation.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2007

Shannon Pijanowski The 2007 recipient of the Class of 62 scholarship award of $5,000.00 was Shannon Pijanowski. Jim McCarthy from the Class of 1962 presented the award to her. A three sport, four year athlete, Ms Pijanowski was president of the Dundalk High School Class of 2007 for four years. She was also president of the school's National Honor Society and vice president of its chapter of DECA (the International Association of Marketing Students), and she participated in the Maryland General Assembly's Page Program. Shannon did all of that and maintained a 3.8 GPA, earning the Owls' Female Scholar Athlete Award. Ms Pijanowski, who received more than $13,000 in scholarships at the farewell assembly and planned to attend Clemson University starting in the fall of 2007. The college is giving her in state-tuition due to her academic record. Shannon has displayed an outstanding work ethic and great spirit during her four years at Dundalk High School. Congratulations to an outstanding student and person.

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2006

Hannah Gerlach In 2006 Hannah Gerlach received a $5000 scholarship award from the Class of 1962. The award was presented by Dick Marcheski. Hanna is quite a remarkable person, having demonstrated extraordinary grit and determination to succeed despite difficult circumstances in her young life. Here are just a few of her accomplishments: President, Scholarship Club Award, Humanities and Social Sciences, the DHS Principal's List for 2006, Third Place in the Physics Olympics for 2006. Hannah was VP of the Green Roof Tech and a member of the Calculus Club. In addition, she has tutored other students and participated in fencing competitions. It is wonderful to be able to offer assistance to a young lady who has a great need, and who has worked so diligently to earn whatever encouragement we can provide. In a letter to our class Hanna said, "Thank you all SO much for this scholarship. It means so much to my family and me. Well, to answer your questions in the letter, I have had straight A's for my entire high school career. I just gave my valedictory speech last evening, which was hard for me to do because I have a fear of public speaking. It went very well, all things considered. I am a member of the Chesapeake Fencing Club. I recently won second place in a Junior Olympic Qualifier, of which I am very proud. I plan to continue fencing in college. I also enjoy archery and paintball in my spare time. I play piano, drums, and guitar, mainly. I like to sing opera when ever I can. I was in the Spring Variety Show at Dundalk High School. (Whether or not my voice is pleasant is strictly a matter of opinion.) I plan to attend the University of Maryland College Park this Fall. I'm very excited. The scholarship money will help me greatly. I plan to be a Mathematics major and study several languages. The $5,000 will help with supplies, classes, and pursuing my dreams in general. Again, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I hope that I can make the Class of 1962 proud. Sincerely, Hannah Gerlach"

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2005

Kasey Mikula The 2005 Class of 62 Scholarship Recipient was Kasey Mikula. She was presented this award by Carol (Lawton) Haag. In a letter to our class Kasey said the following: "Thank you for your scholarship for $5,000 which I received at the Dundalk High School's Award Program on Wednesday, May 25, 2005. I greatly appreciate your contribution to my post-high school studies. I plan to attend Salisbury University and major in pediatric nursing beginning in September 2005. Your scholarship will certainly help pay for my college studies. Sincerely, Kasey Mikula"
At the end of her freshman year, she added the following: "Thank you again so much for the scholarship, it is an immense help. I use it specifically for the costs of my books, which in nursing can be particularly expensive. My first year of college finished up great! I loved being at Salisbury and I learned so much. I ended with a 4.0 GPA for both semesters. I was an active member of the girls Club Lacrosse Team, which I plan to continue to play for throughout the remainder of my time at Salisbury. We traveled and played other colleges in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. I also participated in Salisbury's annual Relay for Life event. Based on the size of our school, we raised the most amount of money for the event across the nation. Next year I plan to co-chair the Girls Lacrosse Relay Team and participate in organizing the event and fundraising. I attended Student Nurses Association meetings to stay in touch for my future. I cannot actually join the club yet because I am not officially in the nursing program until my junior year. Next year, I will be taking five classes including Microbiology, Sociology, Nutrition, History, and a Music Elective. Over the summer I will be volunteering two days a week at the Johns Hopkins Children Center, as well as working and babysitting. Thank you again so much for all that you have done in donating money to Dundalk High School graduates, I truly cannot express how grateful I am. Kasey Mikula"

Kasey sent us the following update on June 15, 2008:
Thank you again so much for your support and help in my college education! I just received my last check and I cannot believe that in the fall I will start the last year of my undergraduate education. It seems like just yesterday I was graduating from high school. After finishing up my first year in the nursing program, I have found my passion and calling for life! School has been tough but I know that this is the right choice for me. I was just recently hired at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Children's Center to work as a Clinical Nurse Extern for the summer. I am working on the pediatric oncology floor and I absolutely love every minute of it! I get to work hands on with the nurses to continue to engage in learning and growing as a future nurse. I was elected Secretary of the Student Nurses Association last semester for my senior year, and will also be busy as a lab assistant helping the incoming junior students learn basic nursing skills. This last year will be busy but also a lot of fun and I can't thank you enough for all of your support through my schooling!

Richard Sizer Memoral Scholarship to the Class of 2005

John Schroeder represented our class by presenting four scholarships in memory of our friend, Richard Sizer. Funds used for these awards were received in special donation to our class in Richard's name. DHS recipients included Angela Jean Smith, Nicole Lynn Boblits, Amber Paige Kersey, and Kenneth Moll

Angela Jean SmithAngela Jean Smith sent us the following letter: "Thank the class of 1962 for awarding me the Richard Sizer Memorial Award. I appreciate it greatly. As you know I will be attending Towson University in the fall of 2005. While I am there I hope to enter the field of nursing and obtain a RN degree. Also by the end of my studies I hope to have a nursing job in my community where I will fulfill another one of my goals, giving back to the community that helped me make something of myself I enjoy hanging out with my friends and dancing like most teenagers. I also love hanging out with my grandfather and hearing all his stories about WWII and the rough times he experienced during the great depression. I love learning about history so it is a joy to hear his stories and it also gives me the opportunity to bond with him My mother, Beverly Smith, is a graduate of Dundalk High School and is a proud member of the class of 1969. Once again I want to thank you for awarding me with the Richard Sizer Memorial Award Thank you, Angela"

Amber Paige Kersey Amber Paige Kersey also sent us a leeter which said: Thank you for your scholarship of $1,000.00 which I received in memory of Richard Sizer on Wednesday, May 25, 2005. I plan to attend CCBC Dundalk and Essex and major in Nursing beginning the end of August 2005. The scholarship that I received was enough to pay for my fall semester classes. They consist of Biology, Sociology, and English. Again thank you all so much for this honor. Amber Kersey

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2004

Michael Gliniecki The 2004 Class of 62 Scholarship Recipient was Michael Gliniecki. The award was presented by Presenter Jerry Bedell Rollyson

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2003

Justin Wilson The 2003 Class of 62 Scholarship Recipient was Justin Wilson. The scholarship was presented to Justin by George Dawson . Justin has now graduated and sent the following letter to our class: "Yes, graduation is next month. I am really looking forward to it. Right now, I am working for a startup company called Psyleron (www.psyleron.com) and taking classes part-time. I completed my undergraduate degree with a 3.94 cumulative GPA, so I received the Presidential Scholarship, which is a fifth year tuition free at Lehigh. Over the summer, I will continue working with Psyleron. In the fall, I will take more classes part-time and continue with the startup if it is still making progress. My college experience has been a great one and has been full of opportunities. When I walk across the stage in May, I will definitely have the DHS Class of 1962 in mind as you have made this all possible. Should my email address change, I will surely update you. Justin Wilson. Lehigh University"

Scholarship Award to the Class of 2002

Katie MariePeterka The 2002 Class of 62 Scholarship Recipient was Katie Marie Peterka The award was presented to Katie by John Schroeder. Katie has graduated from college and sent the following letter to our class: "Graduation went well on Wednesday. I was selected to carry the Mathematics and Sciences Banner during the ceremony. A person was nominated from each department and the graduation committee chose me. Since I was the banner carrier, I led all of the math and science undergraduates into the auditorium. It was awesome! A month ago I received the Mary Scarborough Award in Mathematics with a Secondary Education Track. This award was given to an outstanding mathematics secondary education senior. I also gave a speech at the Math and Science Awards Convocation. I was nervous, but my speech went very well. I ended up graduating with a 3.93 and I graduated Summa Cum Laude. I also already have a job teaching at Bel Air High School. I signed the contract last week. It was a tough decision, since I was the first pick for five high schools in Harford County. I only had 24 hours to make my decision and I thought Bel Air was the right fit for me. I hope to be teaching Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry or Honors Geometry. My first day is August 21. I am sad that my college experience is now over, but I plan on attending Towson or another University shortly to begin my master's degree. I am thinking about pursuing a mater's degree in Secondary Education Mathematics. I hope you are doing well too. I plan on starting a class of 2002 scholarship award. I think I'll begin during my first high school reunion. How are the other award winners doing? How is Todd doing? Take Care, Katie"

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