Joi Sullivan, a senior at North Point High School, was named the Career Research and Development (CRD) Student of the Year for 2014 at the annual employer/employee breakfast held April 24. Sullivan has worked in the print shop at North Point since August 2013 and is responsible for assisting with several job functions such as printing requested documents, ordering supplies and arranging equipment repairs.
Sullivan 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 supervises the print shop and Sullivan. In a nomination letter written earlier this year, Carr said Sullivan demonstrates a high level of maturity and strong worth ethic.
“I have known Joi for the past seven months, during which time she has worked under extremely stressful and demanding conditions. Joi always stays calm, composed, cheerful and ready to help everyone with a smile on her face. She goes above and beyond every day,” Carr wrote in her letter. In addition to working in the North Point print shop, Sullivan is the 2014 senior class liaison and a member of the Air Force ROTC. She holds the rank of commander and leads the drill team in competitions. She also leads the Pledge of Allegiance daily in the morning announcements and is a member of her church’s dance team.
One student finalist for the overall award was chosen from each high school. In addition to Sullivan from North Point, these students were chosen as finalists: Keith Brevard, Henry E. Lackey High School; Devin Borror, La Plata High School; Andranay Peyton, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Emily Niner, Thomas Stone High School; and Parris Johnson, Westlake High School.
Employers and student employees gathered at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center on April 24 for the annual breakfast. More than 135 students participated in the 2013-14 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 26,400 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.