2016 Elkton High School Alumni Association Scholarship Award Winner
Ms Christeen Fernando
 Valedictorian Christeen FernandoEHS Valedictorian 2016
We are pleased to announce that our 2016 EHS Alumni Association Scholarship winner is Christeen Fernando! She is the Valedictorian for the 2016 graduating class. At Elkton High, she was a board member for National Honor Society, Key Club Editor, a Yearbook member, a Student Council member, a Moody’s Mega Math Challenge member, a model in the school’s spring fashion show, and completed the STEM (Science Technology Education and Mathematics) program. She also took numerous honors and AP courses and obtained hundreds of service hours throughout high school, proudly serving the school and community. Christeen could not have accomplished it all without the constant encouragement from the people around her, a strong faith, and a determined, optimistic attitude. Because of the meaningful courses, dedicated teachers and staff, and wonderful friends, her time at Elkton High has truly been the greatest experience and she could not be more appreciative and proud of her school.

As of now, Christeen is undecided on her college major and career plans but is excited to be attending Towson University in the fall. In addition to the EHS Alumni Association Scholarship, she also received the Provost Scholarship, Delegate Steven J. Arentz Delegate Scholarship, Senator Stephen S. Hershey. Jr Senatorial Scholarship, Institutional Grant, Federal Pell Grant, and Educational Assistance Grant. She was awarded the certificate of participation for Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, the certificate for the successful completion of her STEM independent research project entitled “The Effect of Age on Intuitive Judgment Accuracy,” the Elkton High School Senior Physics Award, the Delegate Scholarship Certificate, the Certificate of AP Scholar with Honor, the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, the State of Maryland Merit Scholarship Award,the Certificate of Meritorious Service, the Senate Scholarship Certificate, and a certificate for Excellence in Service to National Honor Society. Christeen also received Distinguished Honor Roll for all four marking periods this year

Highlights from Cecil Whig article - read the entire article here

"Meanwhile, class valedictorian Christeen Fernando, who earned a 5.025 weighted GPA and will attend Towson University in the fall, began her address with a joke.

“Hello family, friends, honored guests, board office members and everyone else who assumed I was a foreign exchange student throughout high school,” she said. “Now you may think that because I'm up here, I must have valued my grades above all else, but in reality the most important thing I've learned in high school is to live in the moment and cherish the people in your life.”

Fernando urged her classmates to try to focus on “the stars rather than the dark night sky,” giving thanks for their blessings rather than cursing their headaches. She also regaled the wisdom of SpongeBob SquarePants, the popular cartoon character, who once quoted Dr. Seuss in saying, “You never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

Jacob Owens