Jacob Swink is a senior at Dundalk High School.  He jokes that he’s been an active member of the community since birth—attending church, Scouting meetings, and the 4th of July parade just after he was born. “My parents are involved in the Dundalk community, so it’s been instilled in me to be involved and give back to my community,” Swink said.

Swink is involved in the Boy Scouts of America working as a den leader of a local pack and a junior assistant scout master of his troop; he served as a chapter chief for two years and is currently a lodge treasurer;  an active member in his church; he coaches for Aspire Recreation and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Swink is graduating 4th in his class and is currently taking online classes through CCBC.  Among his accomplishments Swink is an 8 time Ben Carson Scholar, an Honor roll student, an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor recipient and is currently interning with the National Security Agency.

“I enjoy giving back to my community because it’s just the right thing to do. I want to make a difference in one youth’s life like the volunteers in my life have,” Swink said. “I want to make my community a better place to live. It’s just who I am. I life my life by the Scout Oath and Law. A Scout promises to do their best to do their duty to their country, this includes your community where you came from.”

Swink also advocates for individuals with special needs, a cause close to his heart.  He, along with other members of his family, is a special needs individual thriving inside and outside school.  Swink volunteers his time by coaching Aspire Recreation and helping his sister’s dance companies through Bmore Abilities.  He is also active with the Autism Society and Pathfinders–organizations that support and improve the lives of individuals affected by autism.   “I think spreading awareness and acceptance is key.” Swink said.  “I like helping others especially, special needs kids because they just want to be like any other kid.”

Swink is hopes to graduate third in his class and plans to pursue a degree and career in cyber security and digital forensics.  “I want to help people by making technology safer; stop hacking and malware; and  educate others on how to safely use technology,” he said.

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