Elysia Young, a Malcolm Elementary School fourth grader, is set to represent Charles County at St. Mary’s City’s annual Maryland Day Celebration.
The March 21 event marks the state’s 386th anniversary with a ceremony, speeches, living history and museum exhibits. Young will present the Charles County flag during the ceremony.
Each year, Charles County fourth graders are invited to submit an essay on “Why is Charles County a great place to live?” This year, Young’s submission was selected out of 40 entries.
Her mother suggested that she pen an essay for the contest. Young’s friends and teacher, Denise Kennedy, knew she was up to the task.
“Our teacher says if you give Elysia a topic, she can write five paragraphs on it,” Sarah Roszell, Young’s friend and classmate, said.
When Young was told her entry was selected, she was excited. “I was pretty surprised. That many people wrote something and for me to be picked — I thought it was cool,” she said.
Kennedy wasn’t shocked by Young’s accomplishment. “I wasn’t surprised,” she said. “Elysia is very quiet, but extremely hard working. She is dedicated and pushes beyond what is expected.”
Young is a member of Malcolm’s Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) team and dance team. She counts math as her favorite subject and spends her free time playing video games and reading the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “School for Good and Evil” book series. Her essay focused on the schools in Charles County, the parks, restaurants and shops. “I was born in Hershey, Pa., nicknamed the Sweetest Place on Earth,” Young wrote. “… It pales in comparison to Charles County.”
Her classmates celebrated when they were told of Young’s success.
“Elysia perseveres,” Roszell said. “She’s smart, too. She can do a lot of things.”
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 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 M. 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.