Board honors outstanding students

Board honors outstanding students


The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Nov. 12, for excellence in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness, focus areas of the system’s master plan. The students honored were Iris Golden, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Gavin Ganter, fifth grade, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; Kylie Bell, fifth grade, Malcolm Elementary School; Alesia Coleman, fifth grade, J.C. Parks Elementary School; Brandon Hill, eighth grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School.

Golden was recognized in the area of academic achievement. Golden has been at Craik since kindergarten. She has earned straight A’s since third grade. Golden is a member of Student Council, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA), Knowledge Bowl and math team. Golden’s interests outside of school include lacrosse, basketball, soccer, chorus and band. She also volunteers at a soup kitchen and coaches the Lacrosse Chicklets and Bambino Ball for special needs adults and children.

Ganter was recognized in the area of career readiness. Ganter is an honor roll student who is a member of the school’s safety patrol and plays clarinet in the school band. He plans to pursue a college degree beyond high school. Outside of school, Ganter also plays soccer. According to Higdon Principal Kathleen Morgan, Ganter is a bright, articulate and highly able young man who has proven through his years at Hidgon that he has what it takes to be successful in his future endeavors.

Bell was recognized in the area of career readiness. Bell has attended Malcolm since prekindergarten and has been consistently recognized by her teachers as an exceptional student. She is a member of the math team, MESA, Destination Imagination and Just Say No Club. Bell is interested in becoming either a veterinarian or chef when she grows up. According to Malcolm Principal Wilhelmina Pugh, her strong sense of responsibility attributes to her willingness to help others.

Coleman was recognized in the area of academic achievement. Coleman is a member of the school band, MESA and Just Say No Club and supports many events that promote a drug and bully free life. According to Coleman’s teacher, Shannon Bowman, “[She] is the essence of a hard worker who comes in daily ready to do work. She is an active learner who can be depended on to lead classroom discussions, provide leadership skills to her team and ask questions for clarification when needed. I believe she has a very bright future.”

Hill was recognized in the area of personal responsibility. Hill has been a student at Stoddert since the sixth grade and is involved in numerous activities. He is a member of the Student Government Association (SGA) and has advocated against bullying by creating awareness about the negative effects of bulling. As a seventh grader, Hill served as Stoddert’s SGA Vice President. This year, he was elected as the middle school representative alternate for the Charles County Association of Student Councils (CCASC). His teachers have recognized him for his excellent time management, his treatment of fellow students and how he represents Stoddert.

Each month the Board of Education honors students for their success in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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