The Board of Education honored six students on Tuesday, May 13, for their excellence in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness, which are the focus areas of the school system’s master plan. Honored were Adriana Em, fifth grade, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; Harguun Sandhu, fifth grade, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Evangeline Gilmer, fifth grade, Mary B. Neal Elementary School; Maia Parker, eighth grade, Mattawoman Middle School; Kim Jacks, junior, Henry E. Lackey High School; and Paige Carter, senior, North Point High School.
Em was recognized in the area of academic achievement. She has maintained honor roll grades since she was a first-grade student and works hard to achieve all A’s. Em has also scored above 450 on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) exams in both reading and math for the past two school years. Although she recently transferred to J.C. Parks Elementary School, Em was very active in activities at Brown including the math team, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA), the Just Say No Club, the first-grade helpers program and played the violin in the school orchestra. According to Brown Principal Darryl Evans, Em is a role model for her peers. “She turns in all of her work and makes every effort to ensure finished products are up to her high standards,” Evans wrote in a nomination letter.
Sandhu was recognized in the area of career readiness. He has attended Mitchell since kindergarten and has been on the principal’s honor roll every quarter this school year. Sandhu is a member of the math team, MESA and is a school safety patrol officer. Mitchell Principal Verniece Rorie said that Sandhu’s strength is in math, which is shown by high test scores that fall in the top three percent of his class. “He is a student that excels academically in all areas and gets along extremely well with his peers,” Rorie wrote in a nomination letter. Outside of school, he enjoys playing sports and aspires to be a professional soccer player or engineer.
Gilmer was recognized in the area of academic achievement. She has been a student at Neal since kindergarten and has received straight A’s on all of her report cards. Gilmer has received advanced scores on all MSA’s for the last three years and has been identified as a gifted student. She is a member of the Neal math team, plays the flute and was also a member of the All-County Elementary Band. Outside of school, Gilmer enjoys playing the violin and piano. She is a student ambassador and member of the Neal news team. According to Neal Principal Carol Leveillee, Gilmer not only has a strong academic foundation, but also demonstrates an exemplary character.
Parker was recognized in the area of personal responsibility. She maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and serves as a peer tutor in the seventh-grade reading intervention program. Parker is a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club and the Best Buddies program. She also uses her lunch time to assist with students in the Life Skills program. Mattawoman Principal Douglass Dolan said that Parker displays great focus and determination in the classroom. “Maia shows true commitment to excellence and kindness, and is a role model for other students,” Dolan wrote in a nomination letter. Parker aspires to pursue a career in education as a teacher.
Jacks was recognized in the area of academic achievement and has attended Lackey since she was a freshman. She is the vice president of the junior class, member of the student government association and is the student liaison for Lackey to the Board of Education. Jacks maintains a 4.3 cumulative grade-point average and is a role model for her peers. Lackey Principal James Short said Jacks is well known for her commitment to academic and personal achievement. “Her participation, insight and uncanny desire to be the absolute best on a daily basis make her one of the standouts at school. She shows great pride by being courteous and kind while showing enthusiasm and strong character at all times,” Short wrote in a nomination letter.
Carter was recognized in the area of academic achievement. She has been a student at North Point since ninth grade and is in the culinary arts program. Carter maintains a 3.5 grade-point average and competed at the regional and state levels for Skills USA. Carter began planning her career in culinary arts when she was in the seventh grade and started her own company called Paige’s Pastries. She has been accepted to Johnson and Wales University and the Culinary Institute of America, where she plans to continue her culinary arts studies.
Each month the Board of Education honors students for their success in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 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.
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