In 1987, The Sun's editorial board decided to bestow upon the
During the next 15 years, the paper honored a wide variety of Marylanders who had added meaningfully to civic and cultural life. This year have decided to revive the tradition.
Here's how you can help: Send us your nominations for the people you think have done the most to shape Maryland for the better in 2012. Whether your pick is someone famous or unheralded, write a brief explanation of why he or she is deserving of the honor. We will be accepting nominations through Friday, Nov. 30. Send them to email@example.com, and please include "Marylander of the Year" in the subject line. We will mull over your submissions and announce four finalists in early December. We will run short profiles of each, including excerpts from your nomination letters.
We will then open up the contest to a public vote on baltimoresun.com to help us in our deliberations, with an eye toward announcing the Marylander of the Year on Dec. 31. In early 2013, The Sun, in partnership with the Greater Baltimore Committee, will host an event to honor the winner.
Many of those who have been named Marylander of the Year in the past were well into their long and distinguished careers here, but the honor is not meant to be a lifetime achievement award.
Nor is the award intended to be limited to those who work the halls of the State House or City Hall. Cal Ripken Jr. won, though curiously enough not in the year he broke
William H. Keeler won the award in 1994, the year he was elevated by Pope John Paul II to cardinal, and