The St. Mary’s County Commissioners on Tuesday honored the Leonardtown High School and James A. Forrest Technology Center junior who designed the cover of the 2012 Technology Handbook for St. Mary’s County. George Adamson received a $500 prize for the effort.

Commissioner Todd Morgan (R: 4th), who works for a defense contractor, said the handbook is the bible of his industry and is anxiously anticipated every year by the local defense community.
The handbook is developed by the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic & Community Development. Each company listed within the handbook will be receiving a complimentary copy in the mail. Anyone else interested in receiving printed 2012 Technology Handbooks, please contact Cheri Noffsinger directly at cheri.noffsinger@stmarysmd.comor call 301-475-4200, ext. 1400.

Adamson is in his second year in the Graphic Communications program. Upon graduation he plans to attend College of Southern Maryland and major in graphic communications and design. Adamson’s mother is also a graphic artist and has competed in the contest previously but not this year. Artists were required to reside or be employed in St. Mary’s County to participate.

Printed annually since 1995, the Technology Handbook is also available online in PDF format or as a searchable database at  The handbook is one of the tools produced by the Department of Economic and Community Development. For more information on the Department and doing business in St. Mary’s County, log on to
Hans Welch of the DECD created a video showing Adamson and his graphic arts teacher (see below).