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News Release, St. Mary’s Ryken High School

Leonardtown, MD- Each year, the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women recognizes high-school-age young women for the contributions they are already making to St. Mary’s County.  We are very proud of the following SMR students who have been nominated for the Tomorrow’s Woman honor. 

The Tomorrow’s Woman award honors extraordinary young women who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service, leadership, and passion in the St. Mary’s County Community. The award also honors young women who have made significant contributions to the community, through initiatives to start special projects and/or by inspiring others and through leadership, volunteering, expressing individuality, and being a diligent worker.

Julia Belvin was nominated for her Creative Healing Art Talk (CHAT) project, service through the Girl Scouts and at the leadership at church.  CHAT strives to advocate, educate, and provide opportunities to improve the mental health of young people in the community through art. 

Raevyn Harris was nominated for passion and commitment to the local community including volunteering for Best Buddies, serving as a basketball camp counselor and serving food at local shelters and assisting in handing out clothes to the needy. Raevyn notes “I would like to continue to help the children in our community by sharing my skills and time.”

Abigail Hupp was nominated for her leadership and service to the community. Abby has served countless hours in the local community by delivering food to the homeless, passing out meals with Maria’s Meals in Washington, DC and over 1000  volunteer hours through camp counseling and working on productions.

Jamie Kost was nominated for her work on campus as President of the National Honor Society, as a member of the Interact Club, and her ability to mobilize large groups of peers to support those in need.  Additionally, she is a volunteer for Project Healing Water Fly Fishing, a group that supports disabled veterans in their recovery by teaching fly fishing.  

Taylor Vaughn was nominated for her countless hours of service to the SMR and larger community. Taylor has over 400 hours of service working in local homeless shelters, reading to children, making stockings and helping with Juneteenth Celebrations.  Taylor is currently working on a project using sponsorship to make 50 sanitary bags for the homeless and deliver them before the end of the year.

These students will be honored at a March 19 National Women’s History Month banquet hosted by the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women. 


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...