Tyra Saverson, a senior at North Point High School, was named the Career Research and Development (CRD) Student of the Year for 2015 at the annual employer/employee breakfast held April 17. Saverson has worked in the print shop at North Point since August 2014. In her positions, she is tasked with several responsibilities including ordering parts and supplies for equipment, handling print requests and scheduling maintenance and repairs for machines in the print shop.
Saverson was selected for the award following three levels of competition both at the school and county levels. Committees composed of staff members, community members and business representatives interviewed students. Sandra Carr is the print technician at North Point and Saverson’s supervisor. Carr submitted a letter of recommendation for Saverson and said not only is her work ethic outstanding, but she also demonstrates a level of maturity well beyond her age.
“She goes above and beyond every day. Never does she express a negative word about anyone. Tyra’s maturity is well beyond her years. She takes ownership and full control of the print shop. In addition to her accomplishments, she has always impressed me as a fine person of flawless character. She won my respect on many occasions,” Carr wrote in her nomination letter.
Saverson is enrolled in several Advanced Placement (AP) and honors-level courses and maintains a 3.65 grade-point average. She is also a member of the school’s Key Club and Proud Club and plans to study international business after she graduates. Joe Burton is a mathematics teacher at North Point and Saverson is enrolled in his honors advanced algebra with trigonometry course. He wrote a college recommendation letter for Saverson and said she is one of the brightest students he has worked with.
“Tyra is just the type of natural leader and well-rounded student who would be a welcome addition to any university. During the time I have known her, Tyra has grown into one of the brightest, most mature, and determined students I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Burton wrote in his letter.
Student finalists for the overall award were selected from each high school, with the exception of St. Charles High School. The CRD program is for seniors only and will be launched at St. Charles in the 2015-16 school year. In addition to Saverson from North Point, these students were chosen as finalists: Sydney Smith, Henry E. Lackey High School; Crystal Stewart, La Plata High School; Kathleen McDowall, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Taylor Rice, North Point; Alexis Holman, Thomas Stone High School; and Jamir Queen, Westlake High School.
Employers and student employees gathered at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center on April 17 for the annual breakfast. More than 140 students participated in the 2014-15 school year program and about 90 different employers supervised the students. The CRD program was formerly known as the Cooperative Education Program, and provides a bridge from school to work, classroom instruction, work experience and on-the-job training related to a student’s career goals.
The Cooperative Education Program was launched in 1971 at La Plata and Lackey high schools, expanded to Thomas Stone in 1972 and then to McDonough in 1979. Westlake started offering the program in 1998. North Point launched the program in 2009 with its first senior class. High school students interested in the program can contact the CRD coordinator at their school.
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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