The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Oct. 14 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Allissa Barnes, fifth grade, Arthur Middleton Elementary School; John Thomas “JT” Gibson, fifth grade, Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Jack Goodwin, fifth grade, Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Emily Maljak, eighth grade, Milton M. Somers Middle School; and Jordan Parker, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School.
Barnes was recognized in the area of academic achievement and is a well-rounded student. She earns honor roll grades each quarter and consistently excels in the classroom. She is enrolled in accelerated math classes and was identified as gifted in reading. Barnes also scores advanced marks on systemwide assessments in reading and math. She is a member of the math and Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) teams and plays piano and violin in the school orchestra. Barnes plans to study computer science after she graduates from high school.
Gibson was honored in the area of personal responsibility and is well known among his peers as a positive role model. His teachers describe him as a caring student that is willing to do any job that is asked of him. Gibson models personal responsibility by demonstrating Matula’s three R’s – Respect, Responsibility and Right to Learn – and earns honor roll grades. He consistently demonstrates a positive attitude and always comes to class prepared to learn. Additionally, he was a member of the Matula Unified Sports basketball team and encouraged his teammates to work hard and have fun while playing sports.
Goodwin was recognized by the Board in the area of academic achievement and is an honor roll student. He is consistently named to the principals honor roll and produces above grade-level work in his classes. He is known among his teachers as a role model for other students, and for always working to help his classmates when they need encouragement. Goodwin is engaged in learning and loves to learn about mathematics. Last school year, Goodwin helped lead the fourth grade math team earn high scores at the Elementary Math Challenge. He also plays soccer on a community league.
Maljak was honored in the area of personal responsibility and excels in the classroom. She maintains honor roll grades and often uses her lunch period to work on projects for several school-related clubs. She is active in the emerging young leaders, Destination Imagination (DI), Future Educators Association (FEA), principal advisory committee and drama clubs. Maljak also excels outside of school and participates in several community-based organizations such as a Humane Society of Charles County volunteer and member of Girl Scouts.
Parker was honored in the area of career readiness and maintains honor roll grades. She is a member of the environmental and scrapbook clubs, the National Honor Society and is a student actor. She is enrolled in the Teacher Academy of Maryland, which is a completer program that allows her to gain college credit through St. Mary’s College. Parker also volunteers as a lunch time pianist at Genesis Health Care Center and works with elementary-school and high school English Language Learner (ELL) students. She plans to pursue a teaching career in social studies after graduation.
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 36 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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