Dr. James Craik Elementary School and Milton M. Somers Middle School earned the 2017 overall Maryland Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) honors at their respective levels at the state competition held May 18. This is the second consecutive year that MESA teams from both Craik and Somers received the best overall award at the state event.
The state competition was held at John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Teams chosen for the overall award are selected for earning the most points during the competition.
The Craik team received first-place awards in the Balsawood Bridge, Scratch computer programming and Effective Communication competitions, and second place in the Storybook Theme Park Ride competition.
Students on the team include fourth graders Ada Donohue, Lainey Mullikin, Conley Onyeador, Christian Pemberton, Ava Rowledge, Emonee Rhynes, Cadence Tolbert, Jordyn Tyler and Dylan Villarouel, and fifth graders Amie Browning, Rachel Chernoff, Addy Donnick, Isabella Grimsley, Zachary Huseman, Devin Knott, Mahee Patel, Jordan Porter and Amna Shah. Team sponsors are Craik teachers Ashley Bendert and Susan Steinmetz.
The Somers team received second place in both the ALICE computer programming and Basswood Bridge competitions.
Students on the team include sixth graders Ethan Cline, Wyatt Newcomb, Anna Sullivan and Madi Sullivan, seventh graders Michelle Ameyaw, Samuel Chernoff and Aastha Patel, and eighth graders Joey Papagno, Khushi Patel, Ebin Sebastian and Sarah Treadway. Sponsors of the team are Somers teachers Deborah Simmons and Sarah Williams.
Both teams will be honored before the Board of Education at its June 13 meeting. Schools advance to the state competition after earning the best overall award at the local MESA competition. Teams from General Smallwood Middle School and Henry E. Lackey High School also competed at the state event after receiving first place in the Prosthetic Arm challenge at the county competition.
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 provides 26,400 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.