County elementary school teams compete in MESA

County elementary school teams compete in MESA

Nine Charles County Public Schools teams placed in the elementary Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition held March 26 at North Point High School. Student teams competed in competitions that test their abilities in mathematics, engineering and science.

Dr. James Craik Elementary School was chosen as the overall elementary school winner.

Awards were given for first-, second-, and third-place teams and one overall elementary school winner was chosen. The school that earns the most points throughout the competition is chosen as the overall winner and advances to the state competition. Craik will participate in the state event scheduled for May 1 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Teams from the county’s 21 elementary schools participated in the following competitions: Balsawood Bridge, Effective Communications, SCRATCH – Computer Programming and Storybook Theme Park Ride.

The following teams placed at the competition.

Balsawood Bridge:

  • T.C. Martin Elementary School, first place;
  • Gale-Bailey Elementary School, second place; and
  • J.C. Parks Elementary School, third place.

Effective Communications:

  • Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, first place;
  • Craik, second place; and
  • Indian Head Elementary School, third place.

SCRATCH – Computer Programming:

  • Craik, first place;
  • William A. Diggs Elementary School, second place; and
  • Mary B. Neal Elementary School, third place.

Storybook Theme Park Ride:

  • Diggs, first place;
  • Craik, second place; and
  • J.P. Ryon Elementary School, third place.

Charles County Public Schools competes as a separate Maryland MESA region. Maryland MESA is designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science and technology. The program’s goals are to increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians and related professionals at technical and management levels; and to serve as a driving force in encouraging and assisting minorities and females in achieving success in these fields.

Charles County Public Schools also held a MESA event for county middle and high schools on March 27. The overall middle school winner was Piccowaxen Middle School, and Henry E. Lackey High School was named the overall high school winner. The secondary results are available on the school system website at More information about MESA is available at

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.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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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