On Thursday, March 16, 2017, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office DARE Officers held graduation for the 5th grade students who had completed the DARE program at Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Solomons.
DARE Officer Deputy William Beisel welcomed those in attendance, including Commissioner Steve Weems and Sheriff Mike Evans. The guest speaker was Commissioner Weems, who told the audience that he had attended Our Lady Star of the Sea School when he was young.
The Essay Awards were next. The three top essays were read. Keston McElhaney was awarded third place, Mikayla Cole given second place and James “Jim” Oster won first place.
Each of the fourteen graduates was called to the front to receive their certificate and to shake hands with Commissioner Weems and Sheriff Evans and receive a shirt, assisted by Deputy Mark Robshaw and Daren the Lion, the DARE mascot. Also on hand to assist were Deputies Jason Dean and André Mitchell.
With the closing remarks, everyone was invited to see the side show of the graduates in action at DARE exercises and refreshments.
The fourteen graduates were:
James “Jim” Oster
Congratulations to all the DARE graduates! Please enjoy the picture gallery below.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon