- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
It has been a fantastic year for Michael King of Marbury.
King woke up Jan. 1, and all he could envision was graduating from high school, according to a news release.
Before graduation day would arrive, he would reach a few extra milestones.
On Jan. 25 and 26, King, 10 Boy Scouts and five adult leaders met and organized at White Plains Baptist Church.
On the snowy weekend, King provided leadership and guidance to his group to construct six new Charles County Crime Solver signs around the county.
The community service project would be the final criterion for King to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Six 4-feet-by-8-feet signs were assembled with extreme weather plywood and a Crime Solvers poster sign.
The signs were trucked to the locations of existing and deteriorated signs.
At three locations, old posts and signs were removed and replaced with new 6-feet-by-6-feet posts. At three other locations, the signs were replaced.
Donors to the community service project were the Greater Waldorf Jaycees, B.R. Winkler, La Plata Mill, Papa John’s La Plata, Lowe’s in La Plata, Nancy Ault and King’s mother, Elsa Ault.
Boy Scouts in Troop 410 and adult leaders also volunteered to get the job done.
With the community service project completed, King took a deep breath.
However, he wasn’t quite finished.
He was awarded a renewable scholarship May 9 from the Waldorf Jaycees and CSM Foundation.
The scholarship was presented to high school seniors who plan to attend the College of Southern Maryland.
At the request of the career counselor at Henry E. Lackey High School, King applied and was one of six seniors at Lackey to receive the award.
During Lackey’s spring sport awards night May 27, King was honored with the renaming of a yearly lacrosse award.
The Charger Award is an award given to an athlete on each team who displays leadership, dedication, scholastic and athletic achievement and displays all the values of the Charger creed.
The award is given each year and starting in 2015 the lacrosse Charger Award will be called the Michael King Charger Award.
“Without King, we would not have won any games. He was our heart and soul,” said coach Ryan Mucha in the release. “He will be missed on the field greatly.”
At the Lackey senior awards night May 29, King was honored with the Lukas Scholarship award.
The scholarship is chosen by the Lackey Athletic Boosters for a student athlete who competes in varsity sports, displays leadership by being a team captain and whose parent or parents are active with the boosters organization.
Tony Mast, Lackey athletic director, presented a new award, the release states.
Mast said as he looked over the senior athletes profiles, he was shocked to see that one senior had participated in 13 sports, earned 11 varsity pins and was a varsity team captain for eight teams.
In addition, the student had earned a Minds in Motion Scholar Athlete award every quarter in high school.
Mast said with that type of achievement there should be a special award to honor the hard work.
To earn the award, recipients would have to compete in 12 sports (junior varsity or varsity) while in high school, be a team captain and maintain scholastic excellence.
The Silver Charger Award was presented for the first time to King.
Mast said King has inspired and set a high standard for future Lackey athletes.
With special guests Del. Peter Murphy (D-Charles), Charles County Commissioner Debra M. Davis (D) and Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey (D), King was presented with his Eagle Scout rank May 31 by past Scoutmaster for Troop 410, King Hunt.
Fellow Eagle Scout Brandon Hayden gave King his Eagle Charge.
Current Scoutmaster for Troop 410 Christopher Batchelor and past Scoutmaster for Troop 410 John Groat recognized King’s achievements, leadership abilities and gave personal notes.
King graduated cum laude from Lackey with a Certificate of Merit, two academic bars as a member of the National Honor Society, Scholars Course of Study, Presidential Excellence Award, Maryland Scholar, most outstanding student in physical education and 11 varsity pins.
King will attend CSM where he plans to major in engineering.
He hopes to transfer to Clemson University to complete his bachelor’s in environmental engineering.