The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, April 1, for excellence in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness, which are the focus areas of the school system’s master plan. Honored were Veronica Rodriguez, fifth grade, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Georgia Gordon, fifth grade, Indian Head Elementary School; Grady Klaas, fifth grade, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Tyler Whitsett, eighth grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School; and Michael Rowley, senior, Westlake High School.
Rodriguez was recognized in the area of career readiness. She has attended Barnhart since prekindergarten and has been on the principal’s honor roll seven out of the eight quarters since she started third grade. Rodriguez scored advanced on the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) for both reading and math in third and fourth grades. She is involved in school activities including the math team, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) and the Knowledge Bowl. Outside of school, Rodriguez is an active member of Girl Scouts, plays soccer and participates in the summer reading club at Barnhart’s local library.
Gordon was recognized in the area of personal responsibility. She achieved principal’s honor roll the first two quarters of this school year. Gordon has received special area awards in band and in science, and her science fair project was featured at the Charles County Public Schools regional science fair. She is captain of the school’s recycling program and is an active participant of the MESA team. During her recess, Gordon assists kindergarteners in the library as they transition from one class to another. Indian Head Principal Timothy Rosin said that Gordon demonstrates respect, responsibility and helpfulness and is a role model for her peers.
Klaas was recognized in the area of career readiness. He was promoted early to second grade from kindergarten and has maintained straight A’s across all quarters. Klaas was identified for gifted services in reading and math and scored advanced on the MSA in reading and math in both third and fourth grades. Klaas is a member of the robotics team, chess club, safety patrol, chorus and band. In the future, he would like to pursue a career in mathematics, science and professional soccer. Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Principal Kristin Shields said that Klaas is a model student in the classroom and displays the 3 R’s at all times – ready, responsible and respectful.
Whitsett was recognized in the area of academic achievement. He has earned principal’s honor roll every quarter that he has attended Davis and is the treasurer of the school’s National Junior Honor Society. He is also an active participant in the Student Government Association (SGA), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), robotics team and yearbook club. Outside of school, Whitsett is a member of the Civil Air Patrol where he is a first sergeant. He also enjoys swimming and playing football. Whitsett would like to attend the Air Force Academy and become a lawyer for the military.
Rowley was recognized in the area of academic achievement. He has earned principal’s honor roll since the sixth grade and is currently enrolled in all Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Rowley received a score greater than 1800 on the SAT and is in the top five percent of the senior class. He is a member of the National Honor Society, It’s Academic team, math team, MESA, golf team and swim team. Rowley recently organized a peer tutoring program for fellow students to study for AP classes and in his spare time volunteers for the Humane Society.
Each month the Board of Education honors students for their success in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 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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