The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Nov. 10 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Hollis Lyon, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Olivia Robinson, fifth grade, Malcolm Elementary School; Delaney Hinton, fifth grade, J.C. Parks Elementary School; Naseem Abujuma, eighth grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; and Matthew Johnson, senior, St. Charles High School.
Lyon was recognized in the area of career readiness for demonstrating leadership skills, responsibility and for motivating her peers to achieve success. She is enrolled in the gifted education program and earns honor roll grades each quarter. Her teachers describe her as a leader in the classroom and an active participant in class discussions. Lyon consistently receives high scores on assessments in reading and math and is dedicated to her studies. Her career interest is interior design and her dream is to design a new kitchen for the White House. Outside of school, Lyon plays lacrosse and for a traveling soccer team.
Robinson was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. She has attended Malcolm since she started kindergarten and is consistently recognized by her teachers as an excellent student and natural leader. She is enrolled in the gifted education program and excels in reading and math. Robinson is an honor roll student and often seeks to help her classmates with their studies. She is well known among her teachers as a reliable, hard-working student who models exemplary character. She is a member of the Malcolm Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) team. Outside of school, Robinson plays the piano and takes karate.
Hinton was recognized in the area of personal responsibility for displaying an exemplary work ethic and commitment to her studies. She has maintained honor roll grades since the third grade and demonstrates dedication in the classroom. Her teachers describe her as a hard worker who takes her time to ensure the quality of her school work is excellent. Hinton plays the flute in the school band and is an active member of the Just Say No Club. Outside of school, she is active in gymnastics and competes at a high level among other gymnasts.
Abujuma was honored by the Board in the area of career readiness. He is an exemplary student who demonstrates a love of learning and a desire to continuously improve his skills. Abujuma is well known among his teachers as a student who demonstrates a commitment to not only excel academically, but personally. He seeks out real world applications to apply in the classroom and is well respected by his peers. Abujuma is a member of the school band and student government association (SGA), of which he was recently elected president by Stoddert students. He plans to attend medical school after he finishes high school and has set a career goal to become either a cardiovascular surgeon or neurosurgeon.
Johnson was recognized by the Board in the area of academic achievement. He is a student leader who excels in all subjects. When he started high school as a freshman, Johnson had already earned three high school credits and has not received a grade lower than a B throughout his high school career. His grade-point average is 4.159 and he is currently ranked sixth among his graduating class of 297 students. He is in the dual enrollment program with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and plans to study the public health field after he graduates. In addition to being an honor roll student, Johnson is a member of the varsity lacrosse team and active in student government.
Each month the Board of Education honors students for their success in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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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