Frederick County teen receives the Women of Tomorrow Award

BALTIMORE ( JULY 1, 2011) The Maryland Commission for Women (MCW) hosted  its fourteenth annual Women of Tomorrow  recognition ceremony on June 30, 2011 at the Maryland Yacht Club Clubhouse in Anne Arundel county.  The award, established in 1997, identifies young women in middle school and high school who have set sail into their future by demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to community service and academic excellence.                                                          

The honorees were selected through a process that begins with an annual statewide call for nominations.  An independent, all-volunteer selection committee reviews the applications and normally selects six young women, two per grade grouping from sixth through twelfth grades.  However, this year eight young women will be honored.

 “This annual event highlights young women who are making significant and remarkable contributions to their communities,” said Theodore Dallas, secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources.  “These young ladies are truly our future leaders.”

The Maryland Commission for Women, established by the Maryland Legislature in 1971, promotes the social, political, and economic equality of Maryland women.  It advises government, advances solutions, and serves as a statewide resource to expand social, political, and economic opportunities for all women.

The  Frederick County 2011 Women of Tomorrow Award honoree is:

 Grade 11: Honorable Mention – Megan Toms, Frederick County Career, and Technology Center

  Megan Toms lives in Frederick, Maryland on her family’s dairy farm with her parents, Michael and Karen, and her brother, Michael Jr.  She has completed her second year at the Frederick County Career anMegan Tomsd Technology Center in the Biomedical Sciences Program and she is a rising senior at Governor Thomas Johnson High School.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and the National Society of High School Scholars.  Megan has been a member of SkillsUSA for the past two years, has earned her Statesman and Advanced Statesman Degrees, and has been a Maryland State SkillsUSA competitor for the past two years.  She is also a member of the Junior Executive Club.  Megan would like to enter the medical field as a physician, veterinarian, or biostatistician.

  She has just been accepted for an internship at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases for the summer and her senior year of high school.  She will be working in a toxicology lab.  In addition, this summer, she will be traveling with the Frederick County People to People Delegation as a Student Ambassador to England, France, and Italy.

 Megan is very involved with 4-H.  She is currently a Frederick County 4-H Princess, the Junior Leader of the Kaleidoscope Clovers Club, and the reporter of the Kaleidoscope 4-H Club.  She has just won Outstanding Frederick County 4-Her of the year.  Megan manages her own alpaca farm, Hidden Brook Pastures, and owns a herd of eight alpacas.  She enjoys training her alpacas for performances and showing them in competitions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.


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