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Youth Appreciation Week

The Club’s 50th celebration of Optimist International’s Youth Appreciation Week began on October 29, 2019, with the Board of County Commissioner’s Proclamation declaring ‘Youth Appreciation Week in Calvert County October 28 – November 4, 2019’.  The Club, partnering with the Solomons Club, recognizes forty (40) high school seniors as the County’s Outstanding Youth and provides them with a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the County government and courts and a tour of the Maryland State Police Barrack in Prince Frederick.  This year 33 of the 40 Outstanding Youth were able to attend and participate in the tour and Proclamation ceremony.

This year’s honorees are: from Calvert High School – Noah Breske, Michael Deffinbaugh, Kayla Dehetre, Angelique Gingras, Johnathan Gomez, Andrew Mason, Sydney Serena; Emily Shrieves, Vincent Sullens and Megan Williams; from Huntingtown High School – Jackson Blackburn, Brandi Bohrer, Marge Boleyn, Sarah Fox, Suzanne Fox, Abbey Galdieri, Blake  Lehan, Sam Parrish, Dylan Pearman and Akhil Patel; from Northern High School – Courtney Anderson, Lauren Butz, Michaela Dorsett, Justin Evans, Tia Jackson, Diamond Lewis, Abigail Nguyen, Aaliyah Roach, Tiffany Taylor and Tyler Will; and from Patuxent High School – Bri Corbin, Mike Costas, Jacob Goedeke, Aidan Iberg, Cammy Izdepski, Niya Lancaster, Marissa Moseley, Kouassi Pone, Rachel Saenz and Garrett Witte.

2019 Outstanding Youth of Calvert and the Board of County Commissioners at Proclamation Ceremony for Youth Appreciation Week in Calvert County October 28-November 4, 2019. 
Photo Courtesy of Calvert County Government  

2019 Halloween Party & Costume Parade

Sixty-six (66) children registered for the annual competition in five age groups – 0-18 months; 19months-3 years; 4-6 years; 7-9 years; and 10-13 years. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Education Appreciation Week

The Optimist Club of Calvert, partnering with the Solomons Optimist Club, sponsored the 3rd Annual Education Appreciation Week recognizing and honoring the teacher and support staff nominees of the year from each of the twenty-four (24) Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS).  The activities included a Proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners on August 27, 2019, naming ‘August 26 – September 2, 2019, as Education Appreciation Week in Calvert County’ and a luncheon for the honored teachers and support staff on August 28, 2019, at the CCPS Brooks Administration Building. Teacher and Support Staff attendees at the Education Appreciation Week luncheon.  Photo credit: Calvert County Public Schools

Project Graduation

The Club provided the food, drinks, and snacks for the 153 Calvert High graduates who attended the Project Graduation event at Patuxent River Naval Air Station on the evening of June 5, 2019.  As has become a tradition for Club members when traveling to Pax River, there were early evening showers, but fortunately, there was no thunderstorm or wind to contend with and the rain stopped just as the work of grilling hamburgers and hotdogs began.  Many thanks to the Optimists and Club friends who helped with the preparation and serving of the hamburgers/cheeseburgers and hotdogs – Carol and Bob Young, Tom Parran, Natalie Moore, Debbie Horsmon, Larry Brown, Jack Brown, Krista and Kurt Brezina, Penny and Ed Dorsey and special thanks to Bunk Horsmon for getting the provisions needed to feed the new graduates.  (Photos provided by Natalie Moore and Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse.)