CCPS seniors receive $62 million in scholarship offers

CCPS seniors receive $62 million in scholarship offers

Charles County Public Schools will honor 2,174 seniors on May 29 and May 30 during graduation ceremonies for six high schools in the Convocation Center at North Point High School. Students in the Class of 2015 were offered more than $62 million in scholarship offers, which is an increase of about $7 million from last year. Valedictorians and salutatorians were announced earlier this week. These positions are determined by students’ grade-point averages and represent the top academic achievers at each high school.

Henry E. Lackey High School’s valedictorian is Melissa Nelson of Indian Head and the salutatorian is Jessica Nichols of White Plains. Nelson will attend Penn State in the fall and plans to study material science and engineering. Nichols heads to the University of Maryland College Park in the fall and will study nursing.

Ciara Albrittain of Faulkner is La Plata High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian is Gabrielle Scanlin of La Plata. Albrittain will attend Wofford College in the fall and plans to study Biology with a focus in pre-medicine. Scanlin plans to study political science at Wake Forest University.

Maurice J. McDonough High Schools’ valedictorian is Shannon Haley of La Plata, and the salutatorian is Tatianna Griffin of Waldorf. Haley wants to study mathematics and will attend The University of Mary Washington. Griffin heads to Longwood University in the fall where she plans to study anthropology.

Salma Ansari of Waldorf is North Point High School’s valedictorian, and Laila Abujuma, also of Waldorf, is North Point’s salutatorian. Ansari plans to study Biology: neurology and physiology, and Arabic at the University of Maryland College Park. Abujuma also plans to attend the University of Maryland College Park, where she will study biological sciences with an emphasis in cell biology and molecular genetics.

Thomas Stone High School’s valedictorian is Amanda Reigel of Waldorf, and Faith Breads of Waldorf is the salutatorian. Reigel will attend North Carolina State University to study biomedical engineering, and Breads plans to study computer science at the University of Maryland College Park.

Ricardo Cardoza of Waldorf is Westlake High School’s valedictorian and Maaria Chughtai, also of Waldorf, is the salutatorian. Cardoza heads to the University of Maryland Baltimore County and plans to study mechanical engineering. Chughtai has not yet declared a major and plans to attend the College of Southern Maryland in the fall.

2015 graduation numbers by schools (scholarships will increase as offers are received)

Henry E. Lackey High School

  • Total graduates: 292
  • Scholarship offers: $7,128,250

La Plata High School

  • Total graduates: 383
  • Scholarship offers: $12,637,544

Maurice J. McDonough High School

  • Total graduates: 335
  • Scholarship offers: $8,873,700

North Point High School

  • Total graduates: 503
  • Scholarship offers: $18,010,927

Thomas Stone High School

  • Total graduates: 307
  • Scholarship offers: $5,861,804

Westlake High School

  • Total graduates: 354
  • Scholarship offers: $10,086,298

Charles County Public Schools Totals

  • Total graduates: 2,174
  • Scholarship offers: $62,598,523

All high school graduations will stream live on the school system website, To watch the ceremony live on the CCPS website, visit A personalized image for each graduation ceremony will rotate on the main page of the website close to the start time of each ceremony. Website visitors only need to click on the picture for the ceremony in which they want to view to access the live coverage.

Each ceremony can also be directly accessed at the following web addresses. Coverage of each ceremony will also be posted at the direct addresses below following the end of each ceremony.

La Plata – May 29, 8:30 a.m.:

Stone – May 29, 2 p.m.:

Westlake – May 29, 7:30 p.m.:

North Point – May 30, 8:30 a.m.:

McDonough – May 30, 2 p.m.:

Lackey – May 30, 7:30 p.m.:

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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