Northwest High School senior Ewing Edward Neelley III is the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Washington, D.C. Regional Winner for Mathematics, sponsored by the Exxon Mobil Corporation. The 18-year-old son of Rosalinda and Edward Neelley, Ewing?s dream is to major in Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC) and start a mentoring program that already has a name, ?Cuenta Conmigo, Cuenta Contigo? (Count On Me, Count On You). The program will allow kids to learn math from UMBC college students and be mentored. He is very proud of his Mexican roots and is inspired by his parents, who always promoted education as a way to achieve success. His grade point average is 4.56 weighted and 3.93 unweighted. He has been awarded the National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar Award, top 5% Award from National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Honorable Mention in the Maryland Distinguished Scholar competition, National Ventures Scholar Award from Ventures in Education, Inc., and WPI Humanities and Technology Book Award. He is also involved with the Montgomery County Math team, the Northwest High School Math Team, Suburban Hospital Medical Venturing Crew Member, Medical Careers Club, National Honor Society, National Junior Classical League, Latin Honor Society, jazz band, varsity golf, varsity tennis, and Student Government Association. Ewing?s self-created motto is, ?The largest breakthroughs in thinking are most often the ones that defy all current logic and transcend all barriers.?
During the 2002 summer he has taken another step forward towards his goal of becoming a doctor by taking a six-week course and earning his certification as a Medical First Responder.
He is entering UMBC University in August and he will be receiving his EMT certification during his first semester. He was awarded the University Scholar Award at UMBC. This is a four-year-ride academic scholarship which covers tuition, room, and board. He is pursuing a double major in Emergency Health Services ad Premed. At the same time he has also touched base with the Shriver Center representative to begin the process of the mentoring program he wants to start. He also helps the admission office with future recruits. The Assistant Director of Admissions was so proud to have a Hispanic Heritage Awards winner attending UMBC that he honored Ewing Edward Neelley by highlighting his achievements in an advertisement for a Hispanic Society fundraising event.
He was also awarded Distinguished Hispanic Scholar Awards by the Hispanic Employees Association of MCPS (Montgomery County Public Schools), the Maryland Certificate of Meritorious Service Award, the President?s Education Award, the National Honors Society Award, and the Maryland Certificate of Academic Merit Award.