Name: Anna Elise Wasserman
School and grade: Seventh grade at The Potomac School
Accomplishment: Given the 2011 Bob Beatty Award by Fort Hunt Sportsmen Association (FHSA)
Patch: What did you have to do to win the award?
Anna: I demonstrated a love of sports, academic achievement, and service to my community.
Patch: How were you chosen as the winner?
Anna: Mrs. Greiner, one of my physical education teachers throughout my seven years at Waynewood Elementary school, nominated me for the FHSA’s Bob Beatty Award. The FHSA members chose me from the pool of other nominees. At the award ceremony, I heard that I’ve shown good sportsmanship during my various sports and while maybe attracting attention by my athletic ability, I’ve gained respect by helping and encouraging others, as well as being both a good citizen and a good student.
Patch: How much/what were you awarded?
Anna: At the dinner and ceremony, I was given two FHSA hats, a generous Sports Authority gift card, and a large plaque. What pleases me the most, however, is the recognition and the honor of winning the award. They signed me up for a variety of sports activities with the hope that I’d find a favorite sport. The funny thing is that I still cannot decide which is my favorite.
Patch: What community service do you do?
Anna: I’m serving as Assistant Coach for a Gunston U10 boys’ soccer team and as Teacher’s Assistant for a third grade religious school class. I’ve done a variety of service projects through scouts, school, and synagogue. Some of my recurring service over several years includes working as a bus Safety Patrol and a Salvation Army bell-ringer, collecting toys and bedding for the animal shelter instead of presents on my birthday, and holding lemonade sales, hot chocolate sales, and carwashes to earn money for charities such as Pennies for Peace and victims of the Haiti earthquake. For my Bat Mitzvah charity project, I earned money to buy fleece, then made 75 double-layered fleece blankets for animals at the shelter.
Patch: Do you have any other hobbies or activities?
Anna: I enjoy playing both the French horn and the piano, taking lessons in each, playing in judging festivals, and being in the school band. I‘ve been in a mother-daughter book club for seven years. I like being exposed to a variety of books and we usually have a great time discussing the books. I also enjoy playing with my dog and cat, biking, doing water sports, cooking with friends, and skiing.
Patch: What’s next for you?
Anna: I am not sure what lies ahead of me, but for now I am just going to keep up the academics and keep my mind open.