From left: Raevyn Harris, Taylor Vaughn, Jamie Kost, Abigail Hupp and Julia Belvin

St. Mary’s Ryken Nominates 5 Students for Tomorrow’s Woman Award

News Release, St. Mary’s Ryken High School

Leonardtown, MD- Each year, the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women recognizes high-school-age young women for the contributions they are already making to St. Mary’s County.  We are very proud of the following SMR students who have been nominated for the Tomorrow’s Woman honor. 

The Tomorrow’s Woman award honors extraordinary young women who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service, leadership, and passion in the St. Mary’s County Community. The award also honors young women who have made significant contributions to the community, through initiatives to start special projects and/or by inspiring others and through leadership, volunteering, expressing individuality, and being a diligent worker.

Julia Belvin was nominated for her Creative Healing Art Talk (CHAT) project, service through the Girl Scouts and at the leadership at church.  CHAT strives to advocate, educate, and provide opportunities to improve the mental health of young people in the community through art. 

Raevyn Harris was nominated for passion and commitment to the local community including volunteering for Best Buddies, serving as a basketball camp counselor and serving food at local shelters and assisting in handing out clothes to the needy. Raevyn notes “I would like to continue to help the children in our community by sharing my skills and time.”

Abigail Hupp was nominated for her leadership and service to the community. Abby has served countless hours in the local community by delivering food to the homeless, passing out meals with Maria’s Meals in Washington, DC and over 1000  volunteer hours through camp counseling and working on productions.

Jamie Kost was nominated for her work on campus as President of the National Honor Society, as a member of the Interact Club, and her ability to mobilize large groups of peers to support those in need.  Additionally, she is a volunteer for Project Healing Water Fly Fishing, a group that supports disabled veterans in their recovery by teaching fly fishing.  

Taylor Vaughn was nominated for her countless hours of service to the SMR and larger community. Taylor has over 400 hours of service working in local homeless shelters, reading to children, making stockings and helping with Juneteenth Celebrations.  Taylor is currently working on a project using sponsorship to make 50 sanitary bags for the homeless and deliver them before the end of the year.

These students will be honored at a March 19 National Women’s History Month banquet hosted by the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women. 

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.