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Matthew De Bellis

SPHS’s Ethics Award winner

SPARROWS POINT — Matthew De Bellis is a graduating senior at Sparrows Point High School who recently won this year’s Ethics Award — a commendation given to one graduating senior from each high school who best exemplifies the values of Baltimore County Public Schools.

De Bellis attended Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School, graduating to Sparrows Point Middle School and eventually to Sparrows Point High.

“In Matt De Bellis, you will find a bright, hardworking, outstanding, caring, kind, ethical and authentic young man who has been able to balance an impressive extra-curricular schedule with excellent classroom achievement,” said Amy E. Jubb, school counseling department chair.

“Matt has a strong sense of integrity and positive value system, and he has been a very active member of our [Student Government Association] and organized fundraisers for The American Red Cross, The Helping Up Mission and the Wounded Warrior Day on the Bay project. We planned an assembly to honor Matt for his charitable contributions through fundraising and volunteer hours. It has been a pleasure to be his school counselor for the past four years. I have seen him grow and mature into a responsible, kind young man. We can always count on Matt to ‘do the right thing.’ He will also stand up and speak out for others. He has a passion for helping and a good heart.”

What follows is a brief interview with him from BCPS:

Tell us about a teacher, assignment, field trip, or extracurricular activity that had a significant impact on you?

My involvement in Sparrow Point’s Student Government Association has significantly impacted me during my high school tenure. Being an active member in SPHS’s SGA has allowed me to gain vital leadership skills that will be beneficial in a future career. In addition to the leadership skills that I was able to obtain in this club, I was able to organize and support several fundraisers to make philanthropic donations to Wounded Warriors Day on the Bay, American Red Cross, and the Helping Up Mission. SGA has allowed me to fulfill my passion of helping people who are in need.

What did you accomplish that you are most proud of?

The accomplishment that I am most proud of during my educational tenure at Baltimore County Public Schools is my academic success that I have achieved. In high school, I have opted to enroll in all the Advanced Placement (AP) courses that my schedule would allow. This ensured that I was undertaking a rigorous course load that would prepare me to be successful in college. I am also proud of my accomplishment in achieving high enough scores that the University of Baltimore recognizes as sufficient for college credit. I could potentially earn additional college credits with my AP classes for my senior year. My academic success has allowed me to be highly competitive when applying to both colleges and numerous scholarships.

What’s next for you?

I am currently committed to enroll at the University of Baltimore in the fall of 2019. I am seeking a bachelor’s degree in information systems eventually leading to a master’s degree. I currently have an internship with the Department of Defense and intend to convert to a part-time permanent position in the summer to parallel with classes at the University of Baltimore in the fall.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself continuing to advance my career in the information systems field. I intend to have a foundation that allows for both a successful career and life.

Favorite quote

“Every moment looking back keeps us from moving forward.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

Favorite book

Airframe by Michael Crichton

Favorite movie

Captain Phillips

About Matthew