2007 Woman and Young Woman of the Year Winners
Each year, the Baltimore County Commission for Women accepts nominations for its annual "Woman of the Year" and "Young Woman of the Year" awards.
2007 Woman of the Year
Carla Crisp has spent the last twelve years of her life in service to young people. Founder and director of Project Millennium, a non-profit corporation, Carla has dedicated her time and efforts to the prevention of juvenile delinquency. Through active involvement with Project Millennium, youth in the Dundalk community participate in art and music events and programs while learning to be productive contributing members of their community.
Whether providing volunteer service to the Family Crisis Center, Spirit Soup Kitchen, Animal Rescue, Community Assistance Network (CAN) or St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, these young people are learning the true meaning of the phrase, “to whom much is given, much is required." What Carla Crisp requires of her youth is simple. They are encouraged to donate their time and creativity to improvement of Dundalk and its citizens and to refrain from counterproductive behavior. As her nominator stated, “Carla has one rule for her youth - zero tolerance for drugs, alcohol and obscenity"
Although Carla's giving and compassion can be seen and felt throughout the Dundalk community, she also encourages partnerships. Successful partners have included the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and the Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation, to name a few. Perhaps Carla Crisp’s contributions to Baltimore County and its citizenry is best exemplified by her nominator’s comment - “any parent would be eternally grateful if given the opportunity to have Carla in their child’s life, I honestly believe she has changed and even saved lives through her programs and absolutely helped change the face of the Dundalk community.”
2007 Young Woman of the Year
Jennifer D. Oswald
Jennifer D. Oswald is best described as professional, personable, a scholar, fundraiser and creative. A student at Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Jennifer's strong academic acumen while enrolled in advanced placement (AP), gifted and talented (GT) and honors courses is evident by her 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). In 2006, Jennifer received several impressive awards and honors. Samplings of those include National Merit Scholar; National Society of High School Scholars; Who’s Who in America's High Schools; and 1st Place winner in the Baltimore County Public School’s Brown vs. Board of Education Essay Contest.
While maintaining her strong academic standing at Carver, a Baltimore County magnet school, Jennifer Oswald has also been actively involved in co-curricular and community initiatives. As president of the Baltimore County Student Councils, Jennifer provided leadership for a fundraising initiative that raised $3,500 for donation to the Ursuline Academy, a school that was established in 1727 and severely damaged in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. In January 2006, Ursuline Academy was able to reopen its doors to students and faculty. As a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board, Jennifer is one of few students who meet regularly with Dr. Joe Hairston, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.
When not leading an organization or focusing on her school work, Jennifer may be found volunteering at the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital or performing with the Towson University Children’s Dance Division Troupe or the Inertia Dance Company. Karen E.H. Steele, Principal at Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Jennifer’s nominator stated, “Jennifer is a well-rounded student who not only excels in academics and leadership but also excels in her community."
Revised November 18, 2013