Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Historical Society of Carroll County requests applications for scholarship honoring Mike Eaton

Historical Society of Carroll County
210 East Main Street, Westminster MD 21157


For more information, contact the Historical Society of Carroll County at (410) 848-6494 or Caroline Babylon at 410-259-6749

The Historical Society of Carroll County requests applications for scholarship honoring Mike Eaton

April 1, 2015

The purpose of this scholarship is to honor the memory of William Granville “Mike” Eaton, English teacher at Westminster High School from 1935 to 1971.

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Westminster High School, based on an essay about that student’s most influential teacher.  That teacher will also be recognized through this scholarship.

The Historical Society of Carroll County has dedicated a room at Cockey’s Tavern to Mr. Eaton, the room in which he lived for over 25 years.  Funds and memories are being collected to continue to recognize Mr. Eaton at the Historical Society and through this scholarship. 

William Granville “Mike” Eaton is one of many revered teachers in Carroll County history. From 1935 to 1971, he taught; his students wrote, listened and learned. He brought panache to his classroom with his deck of index cards from which he pulled the targets of his well-placed questions.  The cards brought their share of insecurity to the ill-prepared, but Westminster High School seniors began to discover something. Shakespeare wasn’t so bad after all.  Mr. Eaton commanded the classroom. Heading the Drama Club at Westminster High School, he also commanded excellence in theatrical offerings.

Students influenced by him include doctors, teachers, lawyers, artists, business and political leaders and an Oscar-winning playwright.   Memories about Mr. Eaton have been sent to the Historical Society from all over the world including California, Broadway, Canada and Germany.

Many memories of Mr. Eaton include his insistence on weekly essays, vocabulary drills and memorization of classics including Hamlet and Chaucer.  He also directed plays of all sorts from the classics to the Key Club “Follies”.  His over-riding traits were his personal interest in his students and his expectation of excellence.

The Historical Society of Carroll County is pleased to honor Mr. Eaton through this scholarship.  Westminster High School students can pick up an application in the Guidance Office.  Applications 
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