Board recognizes outstanding students

Board recognizes outstanding students


The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Nov. 11 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Nicholas Long, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Amir Moore, fifth grade, Malcolm Elementary School; Morgan Martin, fifth grade, J.C. Parks Elementary School; Devyn Thompson, eighth grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; and Jeanne Franchesca Dela Cruz, junior, St. Charles High School.

Long was honored in the area of personal responsibility and has received honor roll grades every year. He recently scored advanced on the third- and fourth-grade Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in math and reading.  His teachers describe him as a leader in the classroom who advocates for himself and others. Long is a member of the student council, Destination Imagination and Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) teams. His favorite activity in school is student council because he likes talking to other students and thinks all students should have the same opportunities.

Martin was recognized in the area of academic achievement and is described by her principal, Thadine Wright, as a “quiet storm.” She is an honor roll student who recently scored at the advanced level on the MSA in both reading and math. She is a thinker, problem solver and true leader, and does so in a soft, supporting way. Martin is a member of the MESA and Destination Imagination teams and constantly strives to be the best at whatever she does. She is also well known among her classmates and teachers as a role model for others.

Moore was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement and is consistently recognized by his teachers as a strong student and excellent role model. He has maintained exceptional grades throughout his school career and has met and/or exceeded county and state benchmarks. His teachers describe him as compassionate, reliable and hard worker who is always prepared and works well with others. Moore is interested in running for student council this year and feels this will give him an opportunity to have a positive impact on his peers. He is also an active member of the chess club and MESA team.

Thompson was recognized by the Board in the area of career readiness and is an honor roll student. She is currently taking Algebra I and Spanish I at the high school level and is an active participant in the National Junior Honor Society and student government association. After graduation, she wants to study political science to showcase her public speaking and writing skills. Thompson’s future plans include pursuing the presidency of the United States. She is a leader who is honest, articulate and shows great compassion for others.

Dela Cruz was recognized in the area of career readiness and is a student who goes above and beyond in the classroom. She is a student in the interactive media program at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center and participates in the drama club and the National Art Honor Society. She is a straight “A” student and is described by her teachers as being neat, focused, organized, goal-oriented and motivated. She loves drawing and is currently participating in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.

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.

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 Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, 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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