Kira Sconion '95 is a 2020 Unsung SHERO award winner. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), a non-profit organization whose advocacy and efforts work to influence policy that promotes gender equity in health, education and economic empowerment, presented her with this award for her ongoing community work with women and girls. She reminded the awards ceremony attendees that when you empower women and girls, you affect students, families and full communities. Kira is currently the president of the Harford County Alumnae Chapter of Delta
Kathy Sapitowicz ’81 has played a vital role in the COVID-19 pandemic. She may not be fighting on the front lines, but she is one of the master minds behind all of your telehealth visits! In her role as Project Lead at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Kathy was training doctors on how to use telehealth effectively long before coronavirus came around. She and her team continue to work diligently on ways to enhance telehealth for treating COVID-19 as well as for other healthcare applications.
Alesia Etinoff ‘10, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University currently working as a filmmaker, says it all started at John Carroll where she wrote and starred in a feature film she made for her Senior Project called “Scarred.” For her latest project, Alesia wrote and starred in a short film, “19 Weeks,” which tells the story of a woman learning to grieve following a miscarriage. The film was produced by Zoe Saladana’s company, Cinestar. Alesia is also the creator of the widely-praised webseries, Avant-Guardians.
The Fritz Family, Judy ‘80 and Brady ‘15 attended the Price is Right that aired today! Brady even won the Showcase!! (Disclaimer: All filmed before COVID-19)
"Every effort counts." That is how Beynon Sports began a recent social media post that included a photo of their new production line churning out much-needed bottles of hand sanitizer. The Maryland-based athletic track and turf field surface company was founded by John T. Beynon, father of Andrew '93 and Jay '95, and today Andrew serves as Chief Operating Officer of the highly successful business. We are grateful and inspired by their efforts to respond to this crisis.
For some, serving others is a way of life. That is the case for Matt Linck '13. Matt put his career in special education on hold to answer his country's call as a member of the Maryland Army National Guard. Matt and his unit are now on Active Duty, working to distribute food and provide security where needed while also gearing up for a potential deployment in the coming months. Thank you, Matt, for your service!
Jeremy Rosendale ’95 recently joined forces with a number of other volunteers to make over 200 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff at Johns Hopkins, as well as first responders and others on the frontlines of the response to COVID-19. In the few hours that he spent volunteering, Jeremy became part of an effort to protect medical personnel which has produced over 50,00 PPE kits to date.
Although we are required to maintain a social distance from one another, banding together as a community is more important that ever before. Just ask Rachael Rice ‘88, Laurie Lutche Scannell ‘88 and Director of Institutional Advancement Susan Butcher Roarty ‘95. These three dedicated Patriots and their families, including Chris Scannell ‘85, Erin Scannell ‘19 and Megan Scannell ‘21, have teamed up to help their neighbors dealing with food insecurity as a result of COVID-19 and are collecting non-perishable food items for The Harford County Community Action Food Bank.
Katie Johnson ’07 and her boyfriend, Jared Noe, purchased and began renovations on Havre de Grace’s State Theater in early 2018, they dreamed of it becoming a place that not only showcased live entertainment, but one that also supported area small businesses. They didn’t know it then, but this dream would come to life in a way they could never have imagined. Shortly after renovations were completed and the theater opened, it was forced to close again with the onset of COVID-19.
In what has been dubbed as one of the greatest comebacks in the history of “The Game” (Harvard vs. Yale), Kurt Rawlings ’16 led Yale to victory in the last 88 seconds of the game. He ranked fourth nationally in points per game, was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, was named the FCS Offensive Player of the Year, and was named Ivy League’s 2019 Football Player of the Year and Asa S. Bushnell Cup recipient.