Board honors students for exemplary accomplishments

Board honors students for exemplary accomplishments


The Board of Education at its March 13 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for exemplary accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.

Honored were Lashauna Barbour, senior, Henry E. Lackey High School; Griffin Birmingham, fifth-grade student, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Amy Costa, fifth-grade student, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; Lilibeth Pineda-Mendez, fourth-grade student, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; and Angelica Proctor, eighth-grade student, John Hanson Middle School.

Barbour was honored before the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is currently ranked sixth among Lackey seniors in the Class of 2019. She is a Project Lead the Way engineering student and plays the cello in the school orchestra. Barbour is the service coordinator for the National Honor Society, member of the math team and swim team captain. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and assists with community service programs. Her goal after college is to join the medical field. She was recently accepted to Widener University on an academic scholarship and plans to study biomedical engineering. Barbour is also a finalist in the Widener University Leadership Program.

Birmingham was honored before the Board in the area of academic achievement. He is passionate about reading and learning about American history. Birmingham has an admirable work ethic and is in the highest-level reading group at Martin. He is also enrolled in accelerated math and scores above average on county assessments. Birmingham is an honor-roll student and member of the school safety patrol, and mathematics, engineering and science achievement (MESA). Outside of school, Birmingham plays hockey for the Southern Maryland Sabres. He understands the importance of academics and has plans to attend either Georgetown University of the University of Maine when he finishes high school. Birmingham plans to pursue a career in the area of intelligence or information analysis with the government.

Costa was honored before the Board in the area of personal responsibility. She is a role-model student and enjoys helping others. Costa demonstrates the five R’s at Dr. Brown – be respectful; be responsible; be reliable; be ready for class; and be a role model. In class, Costa asks questions when she does not understand a topic and helps her classmates. She is on the honor roll each quarter and is consistent in her commitment to her classwork and homework assignments. Costa is a member of the Lego Robotics team and an art helper. She is well known among teachers at Dr. Brown as a student who demonstrates an exemplary work ethic.

Pineda-Mendez was honored before the Board in the area of career readiness. She is a hard-working student who is kind and caring. She loves to read and write, and recently wrote an essay about the endangerment of tigers. She is a problem solver who takes the time to examine math problems and explains her thinking in writing. Pineda-Mendez helps her peers and is respectful in her interactions with both her classmates and teachers. She has three siblings and enjoys helping them with math homework. Additionally, Pineda-Mendez is well known among Barnhart staff as a role-model student who exemplifies personal responsibility. She also plays the violin and plans to be a dentist.

Proctor was honored by the Board in the area of personal responsibility. Her teachers describe her as an enthusiastic learner who goes above the daily expectations in class. She is motivated and puts her best effort into class assignments and homework. Proctor’s demeanor and work ethic helps to motivate her peers and influences the learning environment in a positive way. In class, Proctor enjoys group discussions but also excels on individual assignments. She embodies the school motto of “Work Hard and Be Kind” and is a role model for her peers. Outside of school, Proctor is active in her church and sings in the choir.

The Board at its monthly meetings honors CCPS students and staff who are nominated by their principals for recognition.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,108 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 Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, 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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