Month: May 2015


Charger pride was rampant in the Convocation Center at North Point High School tonight as the Class of 2015 from Henry E. Lackey High School graduated. A total of 292 graduates were honored during the ceremony. The graduating class from Lackey is the smallest this year among Charles County’s six public high schools with seniors. Although Lackey’s Class of 2015 is smaller in numbers, seniors were offered more than $7.1 million in scholarships. Raven Edge is Lackey’s senior class president and gave greetings during the ceremony on behalf of her peers. During the ceremony, she addressed her fellow graduates and Read more…


Maurice J. McDonough High School staff, along with school system officials and county dignitaries, conferred diplomas to 335 seniors in a graduation ceremony this afternoon. Senior class president Alexandria Jones provided greetings on behalf of the McDonough Class of 2015 to guests in attendance. Jones told the audience to be confident in the future of the graduating class and called out career choices selected by her peers, in which graduates stood as their field was mentioned until all graduates were standing. Tatianna Griffin, the Class of 2015 salutatorian, quoted playwright George Bernard Shaw in her speech and reminded her classmates Read more…


A total of 503 North Point High School graduates showed off their Eagle pride this morning as Charles County Public Schools kicked off its second full day of 2015 high school graduations with the Class of 2015 from North Point. Surrounded by the school colors of red, black and gold, North Point’s Class of 2015 demonstrated enthusiasm and joy throughout their graduation ceremony, and heard words of encouragement from their peers and special guests. In her speech to her classmates, North Point valedictorian Salma Ansari urged her peers to remember that happiness is a part of success. “No matter what Read more…


Wolverine pride was on display in the Convocation Center at North Point High School tonight as the Class of 2015 from Westlake High School graduated. A total of 354 graduates were honored during the ceremony, in which messages of reflection and hope for the future were shared by graduates and special guests. Westlake Principal Chrystal Benson congratulated her graduating seniors and asked them to share with ceremony attendees what made today special for them, in which all 354 graduates said in unison “because we are here!” Georgia Benson is the outgoing student member to the Board of Education and Westlake’s Read more…


Thomas Stone High School staff, along with several school system officials and county dignitaries, conferred diplomas to 307 seniors in a graduation ceremony this afternoon. Stone’s ceremony was led by Vice Principal Ryan Erickson, who served as the administrator for the Class of 2015. Stone graduate Rainey Southworth greeted her peers at the start of the ceremony, and reminded them that their lives as adults were just beginning. “We can do whatever we set our minds to. All the people who came to support you today haven’t seen anything from us yet,” she said. Members of the Stone senior class Read more…


Charles County Public Schools kicked off its 2015 high school graduation ceremonies by saying farewell to 383 La Plata High School seniors this morning. La Plata’s 8:30 a.m. ceremony started with performances from the school’s symphonic band and a welcome of guests from senior class president Ryan Burton. In his opening comments, Burton called his classmates “resilient” and said he and his peers were all destined for greatness. In her speech to her fellow graduates, La Plata salutatorian Gabrielle Scanlin reminded her classmates to remember where they came from and how they helped make La Plata High School special. “I Read more…


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 Read more…


The Student Member to the Board of Education of Charles County for the 2015-16 school year was recently chosen from among student leaders at Charles County’s seven public high schools. Pearson Benson, a rising junior at Westlake High School, will represent Charles County Public Schools students as the Student Board Member. He will be sworn in to his position at the Board of Education’s June 9 meeting. Student candidates interested in being considered for the position are required to submit an essay regarding a student concern and possible solution. A committee composed of school system staff selects the student to Read more…


Six Charles County Public Schools teams competed at the global Destination Imagination (DI) tournament held May 19-23 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and one team placed among the top 10 schools in their challenge. The Martin Neon Improv-ers team from T.C. Martin Elementary School earned an eighth-place award out of 77 elementary school teams that competed in the challenge, The Improv Games. Team members include Martin third graders Autumn Forsythe, Madelyn Wilson, Lillie Wright, Peyton Lauterborn and Kindcade Burroughs, and fifth grader Sarah Thacker. Other teams that participated in the global tournament were: The Improv Games challenge, North Point of No Return Read more…


Read all about it in the Gauntlet, the award-winning school newspaper La Plata High School students brought back to print this year. La Plata’s Gauntlet features the news students want to know, according to student editor Tyler Gagnon. Student reporters tackle issues like graduation requirement changes, PARCC testing and rising AP testing costs along with human interest stories like the first female wrestler at La Plata and how a foreign exchange student adjusts to life in a small town. The Gauntlet is all about La Plata High School and the surrounding community, and Gagnon said students resurrected the print newspaper Read more…

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