The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Feb. 10 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Haakon Berglund, fifth grade, Berry Elementary School; Kailyn Pratta, fifth grade, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; Cheyenne Toma, fifth grade, Eva Turner Elementary School; Camdin Edge, eighth grade, Piccowaxen Middle School; and Jessica Foster, senior, LaPlata High School.
Berglund was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. He has received several honor roll awards and scored at the advanced level on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in both mathematics and reading. Berglund is a member of the geography bee team, math team, Unified basketball team, newspaper club and Just Say No club. He is a positive example of a role model for his peers.
Pratta was honored by the Board in the area of personal responsibility. She is an honor roll student who is well known for her drive and determination in all areas of her school work. She participates in several school-related activities such as the Kiwanis (K-kids) Club, robotics, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) and the Just Say No club. Her teachers describe her as an excellent role model for her peers. Outside of school, Pratta is also involved in dance.
Toma was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is a hard-working student who completes her classwork and homework assignments on time, and consistently goes beyond expectations she has set for herself. Tomas’ dedication to hard work has placed her in the accelerated math class and gifted reading group while also maintaining honor roll status. She is involved in MESA, the math team, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities. Additionally, a class project Toma created called Explorer ABC book was submitted to the county fair for excellence.
Edge was honored by the Board in the area of personal responsibility. He is an honor roll student and is well known among his teachers as a focused and determined learner. Edge is a member of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), MESA and the newspaper club. Outside of school, he enjoys playing lacrosse and practices the art of Jiu-Jitsu.
Foster was honored by the Board in the area of career readiness and is an honor roll student. She is currently taking honors and Advancement Placement (AP) classes and is known for her strong work ethic. Foster is an active participant of La Plata’s show troupe, tennis, indoor track and field hockey teams. Outside of school, she gives back to the community as a member of the student government association (SGA), National Honor Society (NHS), and the So Others Might Eat organization, which helps to feed the homeless.
Each month the Board of Education honors students for their success in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 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.
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