Junior, C. Milton Wright High School
“When I watch the news and just see people around town struggling, I feel like I should help. By doing community service, I am giving back to my community and even a simple task can go a long way so it makes me feel good inside.”
Elizabeth Wesdock, age 16, is a junior at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel air. She is also a member of the all-youth board of advisors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., where she’s served as project leader for the Summer Dance Beach Party for Camp Happy 2018 and for Goals for Grace 2018.
At her high school, Elizabeth is a member of Best Buddies Maryland, French Club, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Junior Class Council Secretary, and The Green Team (environmental club). She is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She is active in her church, St. Ignatius of Hickory, participating in the youth group and as a member of the Student Servant Leadership team.
Elizabeth was exposed to community service as a very young age as her whole family was actively involved in the scouting program. She helped with projects such as food & clothing collections, visiting nursing homes, making cards for soldiers, making toys for cats at the local animal shelter and making blankets for sick children. For the past five summers, she has been volunteering in the Trading Post (the camp store) at the Harford County Cub Scout Day Camp. She said all of these projects have taught her how to be a cheerful giver, and how much a smile or a simple act of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life.
She has always been an honor roll student and received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence at the end of 8th grade. In May 2018, she received a Scholarship Achievement Award for dance at the Rage Box Contemporary Dance Center.
“The honor I am most proud of is being named a Carson Scholar. I first received this honor in 6th grade after being nominated by my teachers at Southampton Middle School and ultimately being selected by a scholarship committee. I have been a repeat Carson Scholar every year since then,” she said.
The Carson Scholars Fund awards college scholarships to students in grades 4 through 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities.
Elizabeth volunteered for two sessions as a Harford Glen counselor last school year and will be attending again in January. Counselors help the Harford Glen staff to promote awareness and understanding of the outdoors and environment to fifth grade students during a 2 ½ day session.
In addition to being involved in school, church and community activities, she is a dancer. She is a company member of the Rage Box Contemporary Dance Center where she trains in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap and musical theater. She attends multiple competitions and dance conventions each year and this year, she will compete as a lyrical soloist as well as her group pieces. She has performed in Harford Dance Theater productions at Harford Community College, including Harriett’s Happiest Halloween, The Nutcracker and Kinetic Canvas. In this year’s Nutcracker, she will perform as a soloist and corps dancer.
Elizabeth also works part-time as a Teaching Assistant at a local church-based day care and preschool. Her future career goal is to be an elementary school teacher, where she feels she can help to make a difference in the lives of others.