Henry E. Lackey High School senior Brett Culhane is not only a high academic achiever, but he also is an outstanding athlete on the football, lacrosse and soccer fields. The honor roll student currently holds a 4.917 grade-point average and also represents Lackey on the swim team. Culhane said the culture among Lackey athletes includes a mindset to always do your best as a representative of the school.
He is known as a role model, both in the classroom and among students and staff he encounters in extracurricular activities. As a recognition of his leadership and outstanding work ethic, Culhane was chosen for the 2017 Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarship. The program was launched in 2007 by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSA) and The Allstate Foundation. Culhane is the first Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) student selected for the honor.
He will be honored with a $1,000 one-time scholarship in a June 1 ceremony planned at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens football team. Culhane plans to attend with his family and said he is excited to see the stadium. “I am looking forward to going up to the Ravens locker room and experience that,” he said. Culhane applied for the scholarship after researching opportunities available for athletes with high academic achievement. “I found this one on my own and was excited to learn I was picked,” he said.
Culhane has participated in soccer, swimming and lacrosse at Lackey since he was a freshman and now helps to oversee the varsity teams as captain. He joined the football team as a kicker during his junior and held the position as a senior. Tony Mast, the longtime athletic director at Lackey, said Culhane is a role model athlete who inspires success on the field and in the classroom.
“He is a rare leader in that he not only leads by example in the way that he works but also in his ability to get people to follow him. He is a true leader. He not only sets an example for others to follow but also makes sure that everyone on his team, on the field or in the classroom, is doing their part to be successful,” Mast wrote in a letter of recommendation.
Culhane is a student in the Lackey Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program and by the end of next week will have completed eight Advanced Placement (AP) classes during his high school career. Culhane is president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Lackey Student Government Association. He was voted to several All-SMAC teams in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference for his accomplishments in swimming, football and soccer. Culhane was honored during his recent lacrosse senior night for tying a national record for the most goals scored during a single game.
Culhane plans to major in chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, a smaller college known for its engineering programs. He received their Presidential Scholarship and said he looks forward to studying engineering there and learning how to be on his own.
However, for now Culhane looks forward to graduating from high school and being recognized for his athletic and academic achievement through the Minds in Motion scholarship program. As of this week, Culhane said he holds the second highest class ranking among graduating seniors and hopes to be either valedictorian or salutatorian of the Lackey Class of 2017. Culhane will graduate with his peers on June 3.
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