On May 29, at Boonsboro High School’s annual senior awards ceremony, Dan Aufdem-Brinke of the Nora Roberts Foundation announced that Allyson E. Wallace has been named the 2013 Nora Roberts Scholarship recipient.
The $30,000 scholarship was set up by New York Times No. 1 best-selling author Nora Roberts, who resides in Boonsboro, to promote literacy and can be used at the recipient’s college or university of choice.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipient must be a student of Boonsboro High School, major in English, journalism, or some form of the literary arts at a college or university, must have a 3.0 grade-point average or better, and must write an original short story of 2,000 to 2,500 words.
“There were many good contenders, but Allyson’s short story was selected as best,” Roberts’ son, Dan Aufdem-Brinke, said in a phone call to the family.
In addition to graduating with honors, Wallace was awarded the Roanoke College Presidential Scholarship, the RC Dreher Scholarship and a host of merit-based grants.
Washington County Public Schools recognized her for having acquired 313 service-learning hours and for being a member of Boonsboro High’s championship girls cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams.
She has been a member of the BHS Spanish Honor Society, Student Government Association, BHS Senior Class Cabinet, BHS Choir and the girls lacrosse team.
She was also a participant in the 2013 Miss Washington County/Western Maryland Scholarship Pageant.
Wallace has been reading since age 3 and has a love for books. Her desire is to become a screenwriter so she can convert books into dramatic performances. She has already had a taste of the process when she co-produced alongside BHS drama teacher Michael Bair, the BHS’s 2010 dramatic performance, “The Man who Came to Dinner” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, for the Boonsboro township.
Allyson is the eldest of four children.