The Board of Education at its March 13 meeting honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for outstanding academic and personal accomplishments. Students are chosen by their principal for recognition and receive the honor in one of three focal areas – academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.
Honored before the Board were Michaela Anderson, Nicholas Kootsikas III, Julie Perriello, Ava Rowledge, Tahirah Turnage and Melanie Urrego.
Anderson is a fifth grader at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School. She was recognized by the Board in the area of personal responsibility and is known as a role model for her peers. She comes to school each day with a smile on her face, ready to learn. She demonstrates an outstanding work ethic and commitment to learning. Anderson is a problem solver who is always willing to help others and stands out as a class leader. She is a student who is not afraid to ask questions when she needs additional help with comprehension. She completes all assignments on time and is active and engaged in the classroom. Additionally, Anderson plays the violin and aspires to become a professional musician.
Kootsikas is a senior who splits his school day between La Plata High School and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. He was recognized by the Board in the area of academic achievement. Kootsikas is an Interactive Media Production Career and Technology Education (CTE) student and well known for his creativity. He has a grade-point average of 3.9 and developed a silent movie project that is used as a model for entry-level students in the digital media program at the College of Southern Maryland. Kootsikas has also assisted the CCPS communications department with the live streaming of high school graduation ceremonies. After he graduates, Kootsikas plans to attend Savannah College of Art in Georgia to study media production. Kootsikas is a member of Mock Trial, the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society and SkillsUSA.
Perriello is a fifth grader at William B. Wade Elementary School and was honored before the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is a leader among her peers and role model for her classmates. She receives gifted services and received straight A grades on her report cards so far this school year. Perriello is a caring, respectful and attentive student who goes above and beyond to accomplish her goals. She received a score of five on last year’s county assessments in both math and reading and was recently honored by the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education for her achievements. Perriello was the top scorer among students in her grade level at the 2017 elementary math challenge. She also serves as a member of the chess and robotics clubs, and the fifth-grade math team. Additionally, Perriello is a safety patrol, math buddy and library helper.
Rowledge is a fifth-grade student at Dr. James Craik Elementary School and was recognized by the Board in the area of academic achievement. She excels in all subject areas and is reading on a seventh-grade level. She is a role model student and demonstrates a strong academic mindset. Rowledge is consistently named to the Principal’s Honor Roll and has earned numerous academic and leadership awards. For the past two years, she has earned a score of five on math and reading county assessments. Rowledge also has been honored by the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education and has received gifted services since she was in second grade. She is a member of the school’s math and robotics teams as well as Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA). Outside of school, Rowledge participates in dance.
Turnage is an eighth grader at Matthew Henson Middle School. She was honored for her accomplishments in the area of academic achievement and excels in the classroom. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and is enrolled in the Scholars Course of Study. On county assessments, Turnage has scored among the top 10 percent of her peers and is a role model for her classmates. She is a member of the Henson orchestra and is the only eighth grader that plays the bass. Her teachers describe her as an outstanding student who is self-motivated and an asset to her classes. Turnage also plays volleyball, basketball and soccer. Additionally, she volunteers at a local non-profit organization that provides meals and donations to homeless county residents.
Urrego is a fifth-grade student at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School. She was honored before the Board in the area of career readiness. She excels in the classroom and willingly helps her classmates. She comes to school each day ready to learn and completes all assignments on time. Urrego is known by her teachers as a compassionate student who is eager to help anyone in need. She is currently helping an older cousin learn English. Urrego participates in several school activities such as the math team and history club. She also is a member of a community soccer team. Urrego set a future career goal to become a veterinarian and is working hard to reach her goal.
The Board each month honors CCPS students and staff for outstanding accomplishments and exemplary achievements. Principals select one student and staff member annually for recognition before the Board.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 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 Patricia Vaira, 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