2015 Gala honors McDaniel College Coach and her Mother
A McDaniel Coach and her mom were honored as Distinguished Alumnae at the 2015 St. John School Gala held at the Portico in Westminster, Maryland on March 15, 2015.
Long-time Westminster resident Dorothy Martin graduated in 1940 from the High School at St. John School. Her daughter, Becky Martin, McDaniel College’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach, graduated from grade school in 1972. Both have led lives filled with volunteerism and both have left their mark on Carroll County.
After graduating from St. John School, Becky Martin went on to become a stellar multi-sport athlete at Westminster High School. With her successes at the high school level and beyond, she was eventually inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame. As a student at Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, she earned a reputation as an elite scholar athlete. Becky Martin was the college's first 1,000 point scorer for Women’s Basketball. Remarkably, she was named a coach at the college in 1981, a mere one year after her graduation from the college.
Her successes on and off the court are many. Now in her 34th season at McDaniel, Becky Martin recently logged her 500th career win as head coach, only the 26th coach in Division III Women’s’ Basketball History to accomplish this feat. Gala Chair Ralph Arnold said, “To her players, Becky is McDaniel College. She demonstrates faith, discipline, loyalty and commitment to her team and to all McDaniel College students. Her players think of her not just a Basketball Coach but a Life Coach.”
When Becky Martin is not on the court, she is serving the St. John Catholic Parish and School. She has served multiple terms on the Church’s Pastoral Council with three years as its President. She is also a vital member of the School Board.
Becky’s mother, Dorothy Martin, is known for her many years of service to the St. John Parish and the Westminster community. After graduating from St. John School, Mrs. Martin worked for Grief, the local sewing company in town. She had an 18 year career there until her daughter Becky was born.
Dorothy Martin’s legacy of volunteerism has spanned both the School and Westminster Community. Known as the illustrious “Slaw Lady”, she gained local attention for her distinctive winter and summer recipe versions of her famous cole slaw that was served at the St. John Christmas Bazaar, Carnival and parish dinners. Arnold shared, “Dorothy’s extraordinary culinary skills led her to a career in the cafeteria at Westminster High School. However, in her spare time, she and her family would do whatever was needed to support St. John’s.”
Dorothy Martin also has a connection to McDaniel College. She worked part-time at the McDaniel Athletic Department Information Desk – a role she continued until her 90th birthday!
“Both Becky and Dorothy Martin have been life-long volunteers at St. John Catholic Church and School. Dorothy and St. John School provided Becky with the foundation she needed to excel at McDaniel College as a basketball coach but more importantly as a life coach to both her players and students,” stated Arnold who is also an alumnus of the school. He added, “Indeed both Becky and Dorothy have positively impacted this community.”
According to Ralph Arnold, the Saturday evening event was attended by a mix of parents, parish and school leaders, teachers, and Archdiocesan leaders. James Sellinger, the Chancellor of Education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, addressed those in attendance at the Gala. Appointed in 2014 to this new position, Sellenger promotes enrollment throughout the region. He is responsible for the fiscal health of the Archdiocese’s nearly 50 Catholic schools. Regarding the Gala’s honorees, Sellinger stated, “It is a great testament to the history of St. John School that you honor a mother and daughter. Since their graduation for St. John, both have grown in faith, impacted the community, volunteers at the parish and in the community, and continue, today, to be involved in civic and charitable activities in Carroll County.”
Gala Chair Ralph Arnold shared that proceeds from the Gala will exceed $18,000 and all event proceeds will be earmarked for ongoing technology upgrades at the school. The School eventually hopes to expand its mobile device program throughout the school. In 2014, the School was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Knott Foundation which enabled the school to purchase iPads for its middle school students and teachers. The school has made technology advances part of its strategic plan for the future.
“Everyone is primed for the 150th celebration of the School that occurs in 2016,” stated Arnold. The School will be planning a special 150th anniversary celebration honoring the long history of the school and its impact on the Carroll County Community.
St. John Catholic School provides a values and faith-based education and inspires students to achieve academic excellence. Located at 45 Monroe St. in Westminster on the St. John Catholic Campus, St. John Catholic School serves grades Pre-K through 8. www.SJWESTschool.org