Two high school students from the Sussex seashore are giving their hometowns good report at Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, Md.
Mason Dyer of Ocean View and Kelly Ternahan of Bethany Beach have both taken leadership roles in their final year at Worcester.
Ternahan has returned for her second term as class representative (she was Junior Class President last year, before assuming the same post as a senior this year), and Dyer has been initiated as Student Council President.
Dr. Merle Marsh, director of special projects, applauded both seniors — “They’re great kids,” she pointed out.
Both manage high marks academically (A’s and B’s), Dyer plays sports and Ternahan performs in school plays.
Ternahan figured her classmates had chosen her for her dedicated, “take on” personality and continual efforts to get people involved, Dyer joked he’d been elected because “I don’t do the stupid things that a lot of the other kids do.”
(On a more serious note, he said he tried to always be responsible and make good decisions.)
While the class president often acts independently of the Student Government Association (SGA), Dyer and Ternahan have advanced a cooperative effort.
“We usually don’t, but this year we worked together,” Dyer stated. Ternahan said they were friends outside of class, which helped foster the collaboration.
As class president, she said she hoped to create a similar sense of community among the seniors — especially since nearly every graduate will soon leave the area to pursue college studies.
Ternahan noted the recent Sock Hop, and upcoming activities like the student/faculty barbeque. She said she’d focused on making sure seniors had a good time together before the end of the era.
“It’s pretty much bonding with the class before everyone graduates and goes on to do different things,” Ternahan pointed out.
For his part, Dyer said he’d helped put Homecoming together. He was working on plans for a dodgeball tournament, and hopefully, a Spring Dance. He said the SGA also handled “Spirit Week” activities to commend Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) athletes, and correspondence for the annual mid-winter food drive.
Dyer said he and Ternahan were working together on some of “Senior Week” activities (themed dress-down days, special lunch menus).
According to Marsh, many SGA activities remain static, but special projects came through year to year (events in the wake of 9/11, for instance).
This year, Dyer and Ternahan cooperated on the Tsunami relief fundraiser, which garnered $10,000 for disaster victims in South Asia.
“We always encourage volunteerism,” Ternahan stated.
Meanwhile, amidst this flurry of activity, Worcester’s seniors are busy gearing up for the class trip to London — and of course, the subsequent trip to college.
Ternahan has signed on with Millersville University (Pa.). She said she planned to pursue a fine arts major (she noted an interest in jewelry making), possibly with a business minor.
Dyer has chosen Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego), with plans for a business major — and then, further studies in real estate.
Both expressed confidence regarding their next stage of academic growth, and Ternahan said the rigor she’d seen at Worcester made her sure she wouldn’t be overwhelmed at college.
To judge from the roles these local students have taken in their senior year, Dyer and Ternahan have positioned themselves to turn their high school experiences into success.