Anna Barvir, Honored as Maryland's 101st Woman 2005

Anna Barvir, Honored as Maryland's 101st Woman 2005
by William L. Bulla

What is the honor in being 101st in a list of Maryland's Top 100 Women? Well, the way I see it, it's pretty darn good! The top 100 are professional women selected by rather stringent rules. All 100 are grouped together and not singled out by number. So what makes the 101st so important? Well, the 101st is a non-professional selected by the same guidelines. That's an accomplishment. But here are the facts! Just read on.
Ten years ago, The Daily Record, a daily source for business and legal news in Maryland, created Maryland's Top 100 Women. This annual award program recognizes one hundred of Maryland's leading professional women who are making an impact on our state. Not only for having attained professional success, but also for having made worthwhile contribution to the betterment of the communities in which they live and work. Maryland's Top 100 Women was created to recognize their outstanding achievements and to provide the business community with a resource for selecting candidates to fill management or corporate board positions. Additionally, those selected play an active part in the mentoring of the younger generation of business people. Women who have been selected to the Top 100 Women three times become members of the prestigious Circle of Excellence.
Washington County's Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth M. Morgan, PhD was again selected for the Top 100 Women. This is the second time Dr. Morgan has been selected for this honor. She has been recognized for her work in the education field where she has been instrumental in improving the education of thousands of public school students in this state. Her work with minority students has contributed to raising the bar for those who may not have reached their potential otherwise. Congratulations to Dr. Morgan for her fine work and for receiving this honor.
Through a program initiated two years ago, The Daily Record awards a $3,000 Circle of Excellence Scholarship that recognizes a female college-age student who possesses the same qualities as the professional women.
These are 101 women who have dedicated themselves to their communities, to the well-being and success of others, and to accomplishing their own personal career goals.
The 101st woman, the scholarship recipient, must be a junior or senior attending one of the state's four year colleges or universities, and she must meet the criteria used in judging Maryland's Top 100 Women. She must be an exceptional student, active in the community and committed to mentoring others. This one-time scholarship is given to help this young woman to pursue her career.
This year's recipient of the 2005 Circle of Excellence Scholarship is Anna M. Barvir; thus she becomes Maryland's 101st Woman of the Year. Anna, daughter of John and Jane Barvir of Hagerstown, is a senior majoring in pre-law at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She is applying to law schools to pursue earning her juris doctorate, before seeking a career in politics. Anna is a highly motivated, successful student. Her cumulative grade point average at Notre Dame is 3.91, with a 4.0 in her major. Her outstanding academic performance resulted in an invitation to join the college's Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program, which provides challenging and rigorous coursework for those students of outstanding academic ability. She did so well in the program; she was elected president of the Morrissy Honors Club.
Anna holds membership in three honor societies: Delta Sigma Epsilon, the national Catholic honor society; Phi Alpha Theta, a history honor society; and Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honor society. She was named the Student Leader Extraordinaire in 2003 and 2004, Emerging Leader of the Year in 2002, received the Jeanne Hackley Stevenson Award in History and Political Science in 2004, and is listed in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities in 2004. Anna received the Academic Leadership Award for 2005. She was recently inducted into Kappa Gamma Pi.
Her academic success is complemented by her extensive co-curricular involvement. She is president of the Inter Organization Council, the coordinating board for more than 30 student organizations on campus. She has been employed for three years as a resident assistant, each year assuming more responsibilities within the Residence Life Program.
Anna has served as the delegate membership coordinator, secretary, vice delegation chair, delegation chair and secretary of state for the Maryland Student Legislature This organization brings college students together from around the state to learn and practice the skills associated with researching, developing, presenting and passing legislature. Anna brought more than 100 students together to participate in a daylong policy and development program during the annual conference held at Notre Dame.
As we can see, she has met the first two requirements of the scholarship, scholastic honors and activity within her campus community. Now let's look at her service to a broader off-campus community and the mentoring requirement.
Anna is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council where she works as a program director at Camp White Rock in Capon Bridge, West Virginia. It is here where she plans and implements summer programs for weeklong sessions for Girl Scouts at each age level, and she supervises staff members, ensures the health and safety of all campers, and trains, mentors and supervises the Counselor-in-Training Program.
Anna was very excited when told she had been awarded the 2005 Circle of Excellence Scholarship. She is hoping to attend either Columbia University, American University, or University of Maryland School of Law. Wherever she goes, that school will be receiving and outstanding student. One dedicated to outstanding scholarship, and committed to mentoring and community service.