Class of 2016 receives nearly $66 million in scholarships

Class of 2016 receives nearly $66 million in scholarships

Charles County Public Schools will honor 2,062 seniors June 2-4 during graduation ceremonies for seven high schools in the Convocation Center at North Point High School.

Students in the Class of 2016 were offered nearly $66 million in scholarship offers, which is an increase of about $4 million from last school year. Valedictorians and salutatorians were announced 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 Class of 2016 has co-valedictorians – Amanda Hobgood of Indian Head and Gabrielle Sandy of Nanjemoy. They lead their class along with salutatorian Timothy Wilmot of Bryans Road. Hobgood will attend the University of Maryland College Park to study aerospace engineering. Sandy plans to study mechanical engineering at Frostburg University in the fall. Wilmot is also planning to attend the University of Maryland College Park and plans to study physics and astronomy.

T.C. Martin of La Plata is the valedictorian for the La Plata High School Class of 2016. Kristopher Lukas of La Plata is the class salutatorian. Martin will attend Yale University in the fall to study Spanish. Lukas plans to study biomedical sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Valedictorian of Maurice J. McDonough High School’s Class of 2016 is Franklin Olmsted of La Plata. Leading the graduating class alongside Olmsted is Nicole Mahr of La Plata as salutatorian. Olmsted will study biology at the University of Maryland College Park in the fall. Mahr travels to the University of South Florida in the fall to study molecular biology.

Leading the North Point High School Class of 2016 as valedictorian is Olivia Hoy of Waldorf. Jenna Williams, also of Waldorf, is the class salutatorian. Hoy will major in biochemistry and Hispanic studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Williams will attend the University of Tennessee Knoxville to study biomedical engineering and mathematics.

The valedictorian of the first graduating class from St. Charles High School is Amber Williams of Waldorf. Jeanne Franchesca Dela Cruz, also of Waldorf, is the salutatorian of the first graduating class from St. Charles. Williams will attend the University of Maryland College Park in the fall and plans to study clinical psychology. Dela Cruz plans to study computer science at George Washington University.

Valedictorian of Stone’s Class of 2016 is Jessica Hoare of Bryantown. Salutatorian is Milton “Tyler” Brown of Waldorf. Hoare will attend James Madison University in the fall and plans to study political science. Brown heads to Salisbury University in the fall and plans to major in criminal justice.

Westlake’s valedictorian for the Class of 2016 is Shelby Lawanson of Waldorf. Joining her in leading their class are co-salutatorians Angela Alexander and Jasmine Andrade, both of Waldorf. Lawanson heads to the University of Maryland College Park and plans to major in public health. Alexander will study physics at Washington University in St. Louis. Andrade plans to major in engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

2016 graduation numbers by schools (scholarships will increase as offers are received)

Henry E. Lackey High School

  • Total graduates: 225
  • Scholarship offers: $4,125,500

La Plata High School

  • Total graduates: 326
  • Scholarship offers: $9,007,898

Maurice J. McDonough High School

  • Total graduates: 198
  • Scholarship offers: $6,079,316

North Point High School

  • Total graduates: 464
  • Scholarship offers: $23,011,549

St. Charles High School

  • Total graduates: 292
  • Scholarship offers: $10,622,779

Thomas Stone High School

  • Total graduates: 296
  • Scholarship offers: $5,231,284

Westlake High School

  • Total graduates: 261
  • Scholarship offers: $7,736,460

Charles County Public Schools Totals

  • Total graduates: 2,062
  • Scholarship offers: $65,814,786

All high school graduations will stream live on the school system website, A gallery of graduation photos is also posted on the website at Visitors can download photos directly from the gallery.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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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