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Calvert-Prince Frederick and Solomons Celebrate YAW 2017

The Calvert-Prince Frederick Club has celebrated YAW since 1969, and this program is considered our most important to the community and most rewarding to our members and the partnering with the Solomons Club in 2015, we are truly celebrating YAW for all of Calvert County.
Forty high school seniors (ten 10 from each high school) are selected through coordination with the Guidance Staff and teachers at each of the county’s high schools who they evaluate and deem appropriate students deserving recognition as an Outstanding Youth of Calvert County.
The YAW program focuses seniors that are all-around good students. The goal is to identify students who are influential leaders in their school and community.  The Club limits selections to students with a minimum GPA indicating a ‘B’ average (80.00+GPA) and have been recognized for their activities, efforts and achievements in academics, physical wellbeing, the arts, and community service.  We aren’t trying to just identify the all-star athlete or the straight ‘A’ student; although these students should not be ignored as academic achievement and physical well-being are important factors in selecting students to be honored. 
On Tuesday –November 7th - 35 of the selected Outstanding Youth of Calvert met at the County Courthouse for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the County Government and Courthouse by Clerk of the Circuit Court (and Calvert Optimist) Kathy Smith. This tour included briefings by Deputy Dave on courthouse security; workings of the State’s Attorney’s Office by Asst. State’s Attorney Lisa Ridge; workings of the Register of Wills by Margaret Phipps, Register of Wills for Calvert County; visits to the Circuit Court and talk by Judge Marjorie Clagget; and a tour of the County Emergency Communications Center – 911. 
At 10AM we met and participant with the Board of County Commissioners for the Proclamation of Youth Appreciation Week in Calvert County – November 7-13 2017, and photo op. (photo attached)
After the BOCC event we travelled to the Maryland State Police Barrack for a tour. 
After our visit to MSP, the group were the guests of the Optimist Clubs for lunch at The Greene Turtle. 
On Monday – November 13th – the Optimist Clubs hosted the 2017 YAW Banquet at St. John Vianney’s Family Life Center were 31 of the 40 Outstanding Youth were able to attend for dinner and presentation of their individual certificates.

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