by Lisa Tome
Four students, two each from Rising Sun middle and high schools, are among the nation's best and brightest.
All four young women have been selected as Carson Scholars netting $1,000 awards for college. This is in addition to awards they may have earned in past years.
Dr. Ben Carson served as presidential candidate, professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has directed neurosurgery at John's Hopkins Children's Hospital. Each year, the Carson Fund honors the best and the brightest. Carson Scholars must have a grade point average of at least 3.75. They must also display humanitarian qualities by performing community service.
Rising Sun Middle sixth grader Alayna Eyman, daughter of Nicki and Brad Eyman, has been named a scholarship winner for three consecutive years. She helped with school fundraisers, feeds the homeless, is active with Zion and Rosebank United Methodist Church activities, and is part of Kibbles n' Kids 4-H. Last week Eyman was fretting because she earned a "B" in a class.
Rising Sun Middle seventh grader Lauren Stemple is the daughter of Jen and Robert Stemple. Stemple has received the $1,000 scholarship for the fourth time. She not only makes the grade but also serves in the community. She is part of the Believer's Exchange at Grace Bible's Chapel, which is an organization which serves those in need. She volunteers to lead fellow students at Jump Start and is part of the Calvert Alumni Banquet pool of volunteers. "It's tough to maintain my GPA but it's not hard to engage in community service," said Stemple.
Lauren Pahutski, a junior at Rising Sun High, recently got her first $1,000 from Carson's fund. She attends Cecil School of Technology in addition to making the grade at the high school.
Bethany Wilson has been named a Carson Scholar each year since fifth grade. Her weighted grade point average is greater than 4.0. She is active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.