Board recognizes outstanding students

Board recognizes outstanding students

The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Dec. 9 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Shana Cavanaugh, fifth grade, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; Paris Jones, fifth grade, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Roman Lakner, fifth grade, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Michael Petschk, eighth grade, John Hanson Middle School; and Sarah Jones, junior, Henry E. Lackey High School.

Cavanaugh was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement and is a responsible and respectful student. She always gives 100 percent in all aspects of learning, whether she is in her accelerated math class or her gifted reading group. Cavanaugh maintains straight A’s and is the recipient of numerous principal’s honor roll and personal responsibility awards. She is truly an asset to her school and considered by her teachers as a role model for other students.

Jones was honored in the area of academic achievement for several accomplishments. She has received all A’s and scored at the advanced level on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in both math and reading. Jones is an active student and also participates in both dance and the Girl Scouts. She plans on studying nursing after she graduates from school.

Lakner was recognized in the area of academic achievement and works hard to stay a full year above grade level in math. He is enrolled in gifted reading and writing classes and consistently earns principal’s honor roll awards. Lakner is a member of the math team, knowledge bowl team and the Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) team. His teachers describe him as an exemplary role model for his peers.

Petschk was recognized in the area of career readiness and is an honor roll student. He is currently taking all enrichment classes and is an active member of the Civil Air Patrol. Petschk holds certifications in emergency response training that allowed him to recently participate with an emergency services ground team to perform security detail during a crash investigation. He has also logged several flight  hours as a pilot  His goal is to fly solo in a glider next year and join the United States Air Force as a medic.

Jones was recognized in the area of personal responsibility and has earned straight A’s every year during her high school career. She is currently enrolled in and excels in five Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Outside of her studies, Jones has been the lead in school plays, and is a member of the chamber choir. Jones would like to pursue a career in medicine after she graduates.

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.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 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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