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  • Shelby Hogan has studied dance since elementary school and will attend York College of Pennsylvania.
    Aaron Rosa
    Shelby Hogan has studied dance since elementary school and will attend York College of Pennsylvania.
  • Miranda Tison, a Broadneck High School graduate, received a yearly renewing $1,000 scholarship from the Severn River Lions Club and will study environmental engineering at Virginia Tech.
    Aaron Rosa
    Miranda Tison, a Broadneck High School graduate, received a yearly renewing $1,000 scholarship from the Severn River Lions Club and will study environmental engineering at Virginia Tech.
  • Shelby Hogan, a Severna Park High School graduate, will study nursing at York College of Pennsylvania with help from a yearly renewing $1,000 scholarship from the Severn River Lions Club.
    Aaron Rosa
    Shelby Hogan, a Severna Park High School graduate, will study nursing at York College of Pennsylvania with help from a yearly renewing $1,000 scholarship from the Severn River Lions Club.
  • Miranda Tison and her dog, Maggie, enjoy time together before Tison leaves for college.
    Aaron Rosa
    Miranda Tison and her dog, Maggie, enjoy time together before Tison leaves for college.

Severn River Lions Club Awards Two Scholarships

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August 9, 2017

Two local teens who earned scholarships from the Severn River Lions Club this summer will use the money to study engineering and nursing. Miranda Tison of Broadneck High School and Shelby Hogan of Severna Park High School will receive $1,000 a year throughout their four years in college.

Every year, the Severn River Lions Club allocates 40 percent of its total budget to scholarships for local students. “What set these candidates apart was their strength of character,” said Joinette Smallwood, president of the Severn River Lions Club.

Miranda Tison has a passion for the environment that comes from watching her mother work at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; her backyard contains a large chicken coop for fresh eggs and a vegetable garden.

Music is also a large part of her life. In third grade, she began taking cello lessons, eventually attending Bates Middle School for its music magnet program and performing in the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Within the community, Tison has volunteered at the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) by walking dogs and fundraising. She also made bags of groceries for families at My Brother’s Pantry in Arnold and helped collect recyclables from her school for the recycling club.

She will study environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. In addition to her Lions Club scholarship, she received a Maroon and Orange Scholarship of $4,000 a year for four years.

“I want to do something to fix the damage humans have done to the environment,” Tison said.

Shelby Hogan, the second scholarship recipient, plans to heal the world in another way: by working as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Hogan plans to study nursing at York College of Pennsylvania, which offered her an academic scholarship of $10,000 per year.

“I have always liked the medical field and kids. So I just combined the two and decided to study pediatric nursing,” she said.

Volunteer opportunities at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s pediatric emergency room gave Hogan an inside look at the medical world and experience keeping children calm before procedures.

Teaching preschool through her school’s child development program piqued her fascination with children.

“When you teach kids there, you can see how they’re just so different, but they all see things the same,” Hogan said. “It’s just interesting to see how they don’t see things the same way we do.”

Hogan unwinds from the stress of academics and volunteerism by dancing and playing board games. Since fifth grade, she has danced 10-12 hours a week after school, choosing that hobby over sports.

“Monopoly,” an unlikely stress reliever, is Hogan’s favorite board game to play with friends. “We play Monopoly and there’s a friendly competition, but we still like each other,” she said.

Tison and Hogan both begin their studies at their respective colleges this fall.


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