Perry Hall High Student Selected as McCormick Unsung Hero

-Pictured left to right: Georgiana Benckini, Imani Groce, Carter Herbert, Emmanuel Awogbesan, Adam Ossakow, Brianna Bridgemohan. photo courtesy of

McCormick & Company announced Carter Herbert of Perry Hall High School was selected as the male recipients of the Charles Perry McCormick Scholarship. He will receive $40,000 over the next four years.

According to a press release from McCormick & Company, “Mr. Herbert, a member of the men’s football team at Perry Hall High School, made sacrifices on and off the field. Despite missing several football practices to work a part-time job and take care of his ailing grandmother, Mr. Herbert was committed to being part of the team and worked hard to become one of the best offensive tackles.

“He often asked what he could do to continue to improve his skills. In his own words, ‘my team provided support through some tough times I faced, and in exchange, I showed up every day ready to put in work so that I could support them and not disappoint them.’ He is the definition of an Unsung Hero.

Originally established in 1940 by former McCormick & Company Chairman Charles P. McCormick Sr., the Unsung Heroes program, which recognizes unselfish student-athletes, is reflective of McCormick & Company’s core belief in the Power of People. To date, the Company has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to deserving student-athletes.

This year, McCormick partnered with the Baltimore Banner and the Baltimore Ravens in a celebration of student-athletes in an event held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. During this inaugural event, students were treated to a behind-the-scenes experience that included locker room tours and visits from the Ravens cheerleaders, Poe, and the OLD BAY can mascot. Students also had a chance to take pictures with keynote speaker Sam Koch, former Punter for the Baltimore Ravens, who addressed the student-athletes later in the evening.

Georgiana Benckini, a member of the women’s basketball team at Notre Dame Preparatory School, was selected as the female recipient of the award.

Benckini and  Herbert were chosen from nearly 100 Baltimore-area student-athletes honored as Unsung Heroes this year. The full list of this year’s McCormick Unsung Heroes nominees can be found here. McCormick is proud to recognize each of these student athletes.

Four other students were recognized with additional scholarships at this year’s Unsung Heroes event. Brianna Bridgemohan of Forest Park High School and Adam Ossakow of Hereford High School each received $7,500 scholarships. Imani Groce of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science and Emmanuel Awogbesan of Milford Mill Academy each received $5,000 scholarships.

Many other eastern Baltimore County students have won this award in the past.

Parkville High’s Paige Holley won the award in 2021 and Patapsco’s Logan Welsh won the award in 2020.



B.J. Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later in 2022.