And Severna Park's People of the Year Are...

Do you know any of the winners? Tell us in the comments!

(Credit: Patch)
(Credit: Patch)
Congratulations to the following, who are Severna Park's People of the Year!
  • Faith Hackett, M.D., "an unsung pillar of the community for well over 20 years"
  • Dianna and Lonnie Lancione, owners of Severna Park Voice
  • School Resource Officer Alex Swartz, "the ultimate role model"
  • Severna Park High School senior Liam Taylor, who "believes that sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities"
  • Muriel Walters, teen who "has been fighting cancer for a long time" and continues to be "strong and courageous"
We've provided a hint of what makes them such special community members—taken from their nominations—and will publish articles in the new year with even more info about each Person of the Year.
Catherine thomas January 10, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Liam Taylor is an extraordinary young man. I got to know him last year about this time as he was teamed up with my son, Nicholas, as his buddy in the Unified Sports Bowling Team at Severna Park High School. Liam believes that there is only ability when working with these very special young men and women and he makes the most of every moment when he is partnering in unified sports. He works tirelessly to make sure that everyone has what they need. He was so kind and supportive of Nicholas. My favorite memory of Liam is the first time they set up the ramp at their first match - he talked to Nicholas about where to place the ramp and discussed with him the strategies involved in the different ways it could be set and he waited to see what Nicholas thought they should do. Nicholas doesn't speak, but this young man was carrying on a detailed conversation and you would never have known that there was nothing coming back. Nicholas turned and looked at me with a wry smile and I knew that he was proud of their moment and was making sure I had seen it. Needless to say, there were tears in my eyes. Liam was treating Nicholas as a peer competitor - it was amazing. I hope he will continue to work with this population of young people in his future. He has a special gift.


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