June 2018 Awards & Recognitions Night
Outstanding Students, Staff Members, Schools and More Honored at June 2018 Awards & Recognitions Night for Wicomico County Public Schools
Posted on 06/12/2018
Congratulations to the outstanding students and staff members recognized at the final Awards & Recognitions Night of the 2017-2018 school year. This awards night was held at the James M. Bennett Auditorium on Thursday, June 7.

“We’re excited to be here tonight because we are all so proud to celebrate what you have achieved,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin told the several hundred students, family members, staff members and other supporters who attended. “Great things are happening every day in Wicomico Schools. Over the next year as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of public education in Wicomico County, please know that you are an important part of that tradition of educational excellence.”

Photos of this Awards & Recognitions Night are posted on the Wicomico County Public Schools Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wcboe/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1895903763773271


Awards & Recognitions Night June 7, 2018


2018 Retirees (40-50 years)

Each staff member retiring this school year from service with Wicomico County Public Schools has been a valuable member of the educational team. The Board of Education has a letter of appreciation and a small gift for each retiree in thanks for dedicated service. Retirees with 40 to 50 years:

Donna W. Bennett, Grade 3 teacher, Northwestern Elementary, 50 years

Lillie A. Giddens, Principal, Glen Avenue Elementary, 45 years

Susan M. Gebhart, professional development coach, Pemberton Elementary, 42.7 years with Wicomico Schools, 45.7 years total

Gary W. Doss, Coordinator of School Improvement Assessments and Accountability, Central Office School Improvement, 40 years


2018 Superintendent’s Art Collection

Each spring the creative work of our students is displayed at the annual Student Art Show at the Downtown Salisbury branch of the Wicomico Public Libraries. One of Dr. Hanlin’s most challenging yet most satisfying tasks as superintendent is choosing artwork each year for the Superintendent’s Art Collection. Later this year, student artists and their families will be invited to a special reception to see their work displayed in our Central Office on Northgate Drive.

Certificate of recognition for these students whose artwork was selected for the 2018 Superintendent’s Art Collection: 

Crystayana Brown and De'Wayne Taylor Jr., Prekindergarten, Charles H. Chipman Elementary, instructor Ms. Zimmerman

Camden Church, Kindergarten, Beaver Run Elementary, instructor Ms. Johnson

Emma East, Grade 1, Westside Primary, instructor Mrs. Bishop

Kayce Smith, Grade 2, Fruitland Primary, instructor Ms. Smith

Dylan Neithardt, Grade 2, Northwestern Elementary, instructor Ms. Richard

Jacob Morris, Grade 2, Willards Elementary, instructor Ms. Phillips

Lucia Kunie, Grade 4, Delmar Elementary, instructor Ms. Henderson

Gabriel Bishop, Grade 4, North Salisbury Elementary, instructor Mr. Auger

Jabriya Orelien, Grade 4, Glen Avenue Elementary, instructor Mrs. Phillips

Jacob Ruark, Grade 4, Pinehurst Elementary, instructor Ms. Smith

Mercedes Jenkins, Grade 5, East Salisbury Elementary, instructor Mr. Cotton

Ari Lovo, Grade 5, Prince Street Elementary, instructor Ms. Rommel

Sharon Howard, Grade 5, Pemberton Elementary, instructor Ms. Zimmerman

Christian Dunn, Grade 5, Westside Intermediate, instructor Ms. Bishop

Ashley Garcia-Ramirez, Grade 5, Fruitland Intermediate, instructor Ms. Richard

Sam Farmer, Grade 7, Pittsville Elementary and Middle, instructor Ms. Gilland

Jamie Zheng, Grade 7, Bennett Middle, instructor Mr. Hammack

Kayla Lim, Grade 8, Salisbury Middle, instructor Ms. Matteson

Elizabeth Belote, Grade 8, Wicomico Middle, instructor Ms. Gonzalez

Ava Schultz, Grade 9, Parkside High, instructor Mr. Baglieri

Nyvia Barnes, Grade 10, Wicomico High, instructor Mrs. Pavlekovich

Imani Sherry, Grade 11, James M. Bennett High, instructor Mr. Foltz

Elizabeth Crowl, 2018 graduate, Mardela High, instructors Ms. Dean and Ms. Rose

Oluschi Harmon, Grade 11, James M. Bennett High and Wicomico County Visual and Performing Arts Program, instructors Mr. Foltz, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Choi

Madison Brewington, 2018 graduate of Parkside High, for the Wicomico County Visual and Performing Arts Program, instructors Mr. Foltz, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Choi


“If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” Essay Contest

The Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors’ Association invites 4th grade students to participate in an annual statewide essay contest. The “If I Were Mayor, I Would...” contest gives students a chance to creatively use grade-specific language arts skills and civics/social studies knowledge while addressing topics such as environmental initiatives, citizen recognition, safety and education. The 2018 contest had 3,100 entries, including many from the district that includes Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties.

Certificates of recognition for these District 1 semifinalists in the 2018 “If I Were Mayor, I Would …” Essay Contest:

Skylar Acito, North Salisbury Elementary, teacher Ms. Black

Jayla Gimble, Northwestern Elementary, teacher Ms. Shupe

Sophonie Marcellus of Pinehurst Elementary was also a winner, but has moved away. Her teacher was Ms. Brennan.


Mayor Day for a Day

Two of our students got the chance not just to wonder about what it would be like to be mayor, but to actually serve as mayor. Salisbury Mayor and James M. Bennett High graduate Jacob Day serves his community every day, and from time to time he welcomes a student to spend a workday alongside him as Mayor for the Day for the City of Salisbury.

Certificates of recognition for these students who served as Mayor Day for a Day:

Lilea Taylor, Pittsville Elementary and Middle, mayor on November 6th

Ezai Atus, 5th Grade, Pinehurst Elementary, mayor on February 15th


Wicomico County STEM Challenge

The 2018 Wicomico County STEM Challenge was held on May 22nd at James M. Bennett High School. Champion teams from all intermediate and middle schools competed with the devices they designed and built to solve a grade-specific challenge. The county champions from each grade level received medals and a plaque to take back for display in their school.

Third-Grade was Safe Racer. Teams had to design a race car that could carry an egg down an incline plane and into a solid barrier. Only the cars whose “Egg Drivers” survived the crash test moved on to phase two of the challenge, running the cars for the best total distance.

3rd Grade Champions: Fruitland Intermediate, Kendal Emge, Daniel Lima-Melo, Ciyana Whittington

Fourth Grade was a free fall egg-drop challenge. Students designed, constructed, and tested a container that could protect an egg when dropped at ever-increasing heights. Students had to apply mathematics in order to create a budget and purchase materials for their device.

4th Grade Champions: Fruitland Intermediate, Jillian Anderson, Averi Beauchamp, Ava Twilley, Alana Power, Bailey Kitchens

Fifth Graders designed their own parachute-assisted delivery vehicle for a fragile payload – an uncooked egg. These delivery devices were dropped from increasing heights, and students received a score for both the height and the amount of “money” spent on their device.

5th Grade Champions: Northwestern Elementary, Ethan Holland, Breyele Davis, Kvon Sanders

Sixth Grade, earthquake-resistant structures. As part of the 6th Grade Unit on Earth Systems, students investigated the generation and impact of earthquakes. Teams designed and constructed earthquake-resistant structures, which were tested with weight and motion on shake tables.

6th Grade Champions: Mardela Middle, Micah Outten, Eli Black, Evan Birch

Seventh Grade designed adapted limbs to retrieve items over a distance, in connection with their life science unit on anatomy, genetic mutations, variations, and adaptations. 

7th Grade Champions: Bennett Middle, Kara Lewis, Rachael Funchess

Eighth Grade designed and built mousetrap-powered cars, tying into a physics unit on mechanics and motion. The cars were tested for both speed and distance traveled.

8th Grade Champions: Mardela Middle, Casey Gerhart, Olivia Mitchell


Scripps National Spelling Bee

All Wicomico Schools with grades 4 through 8 participate each year in spelling bees to get ready for the Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. This year a student who was her school spelling bee champion and runner-up at the Regional Bee received an RSVBee invitation to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Certificate of achievement for Ava Bautista of Wicomico Middle, who was an outstanding representative of her school and school system at the national bee, held near Washington in late May. While she didn’t make the Finals, she spelled both of her words right in the live rounds and finished the Bee tied for 42nd Place among several hundred spellers.


Maryland Green School Award Program

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education recognizes schools that have made a commitment to environmental protection and restoration through actions involving the physical plant, curriculum, professional development, and student action projects. Nationally recognized, the Maryland Green Schools Award Program allows schools and their communities to collaborate and evaluate their efforts in environmental sustainability. Participating schools empower youth to make changes to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy. The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, an outreach of Salisbury University and one of several certified Maryland Green Centers, was instrumental in providing technical assistance and professional development for our new Green Schools.

Recognizing our two new Maryland Green Schools and these teachers for leadership in their schools attaining Maryland Green School Award certification:

Fruitland Intermediate School: Denise Gregorius and Kate Wight

Westside Intermediate School: Cindy Phillips

Wicomico now has six Maryland Green Schools: Fruitland Intermediate, Westside Intermediate, Fruitland Primary, Parkside High, Willards Elementary and James M. Bennett High.


2018 Retirees (30-39.6 years)

Eric W. Haldeman, Physical Education teacher, Salisbury Middle, 39.6 years

Cheryl H. Doughty, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, James M. Bennett High, 38 years

Gary L. Elzey, Operations Manager, Facility Services, 35 years

Susan W. Bradford, Area Manager, Food Service, 35 years

Melba A. Kenney, Grade 4 teacher, Pemberton Elementary, 34.5 years

Joyce H. Phillips, administrative office associate, Central Office Business Support Services, 34 years

Margaret C. “Peggy” Troiano, Dean of Students, Pinehurst Elementary, 34 years

Patricia A. Blevins, Supervisor of Elementary Reading, Central Office Instruction, 31.7 years

Terri L. Howard, instructional assistant II – elementary, 31.1 years

Steven T. Byrd, custodian, Wicomico High, 31 years

Janice V. Davis, music teacher, Pittsville Elementary and Middle, 31 years

Cindra L. Clutter, payroll specialist, Central Office Payroll, 30.1 years

Sharon W. Cherricks, choral teacher, Bennett Middle, 30 years

Mary A. Funk, Special Education teacher, Charles H. Chipman Elementary, 30 years with Wicomico Schools, 36 years total

Mary E. Levis, school psychologist, Central Office Instruction, 30 years

Yvonne C. Schaefer, instructional assistant II, Delmar Elementary, 30 years


President’s Volunteer Service Award

Two Wicomico County students has been honored this year for exemplary volunteer service by the Corporation for National & Community Service. The President’s Volunteer Service Award program recognizes middle and high school students who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country. Students receive a letter and a certificate signed by the President. Certificates of achievement for being honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for these Bennett Middle students:

William Creese

Robert Ogburn


Destination Imagination Global Finals

Destination Imagination – DI - is an extracurricular activity that student teams engage in to build their skills in creative problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking. DI transcends race, gender and ethnic boundaries and is unparalleled in its engagement of parents. In April, eight teams from Wicomico Schools qualified for Global Finals through their excellent efforts at the Maryland State DI Tournament at UMBC. Global Finals featured 1,400+ teams and more than 8,000 students.

Certificates of achievement for members of these Destination Imagination Global Finals teams:

Parkside High School Carpe DIem, Fine Arts Challenge (Change in Tune), Secondary Level: 3rd place at States, 32nd Place at Global Finals.

Sarah Forrestal

Sara Sadjadi

Abi Creager

Aidan Patterson

Ibrahim “Abe” Ahmed

Team Managers: Shannon Forrestal and Susan Creager

School Facilitator: Ronna Bievenour


Wicomico High School Uncommon DInominators, Service Learning Challenge (Inside Impact), Secondary Level: 1st place at States and third trip to Globals, 31st Place at Global Finals.

Colleen Sullivan

Paige Folke

Taylor Jacobs

Team Managers: Heather Joslin and Christel Folke

School Facilitator: Rebecca Mathews


Fruitland Intermediate School Boomerangs, Scientific Challenge (Unlikely Attraction), Elementary Level: 1st place at States, 26th Place at Global Finals.

Alex Bisker

Ben Harris

Abigail Harris

Shelby Tayman

Chase Horsman

Jonah Pryor

Hayley James

Team Managers: Dave Harris and Scott Bisker

School Facilitators: Amy Burns and Kate Wight


North Salisbury School Mustache Mustangs, Fine Arts Challenge (Change in Tune), Elementary Level: 3rd place at States and second trip to Globals, 20th Place at Global Finals.

Bella Hooper

Bella Thompsen

Kate Miller-Vail

Caitlin Danz

Diamond Torney

Team Managers: Ashlee Thompsen and Jennifer Hooper

School Facilitators: Mary Kinnamon and Marlene Naumann


North Salisbury School Maze Blazers, Technical Challenge (Maze Craze), Elementary Level: 1st Place at States, 16th place at Global Finals.

Nathan Naumann

Greer Nichols

Gregory Nichols

Gavin Culver

Melvin Harmon

Melissa Bell

Team Managers: Colleen Nichols and Marlene Nauman

School Facilitators: Mary Kinnamon and Marlene Naumann


Wicomico High School DI of the Tiger, Improvisational Challenge (Treasure!), Secondary Level: 3rd place at States and second trip to Globals, 14th Place at Global Finals.

Becky Aydelotte

Jessica Greene

Jeffrey Dumpson

Kainat Imtiaz

Team Manager and School Facilitator: Rebecca Mathews


Bennett Middle School Legendary Llamas, Fine Arts Challenge (Change of Tune), Middle Level: 3rd Place at States and third trip to Globals, 9th Place at Global Finals.

Pag-asa Sison

Sheyene Brown

Psalmy Lacson

Johnnie Watkins

James Watkins

Team Manager: Amy Jo Watkins

School Facilitator: Barbara Fodor


North Salisbury School Mini Marvelous Marshmallows, Service Learning Challenge (Inside Impact), Elementary Level: 1st place at States, 5th Place at Global Finals.

Joshua Strickland

Rachel Haberlin

Julia Gore

Adithya Bhaskaran

Alex Acle

Tobias McKinney

Team Managers: Sarah and Charles Strickland

School Facilitators: Mary Kinnamon and Marlene Naumann


School Mentor Appreciation/Mentor of the Month

The Superintendent and Board of Education joined Fruitland Primary School and the Wicomico Mentoring Project to celebrate outstanding mentor Maggi Gallaher. This mentor gives her very best to her student on a one-on-one basis, and she also worked to obtain $2,600 in grant funding through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and Walmart so that all 262 students at Fruitland Primary who are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals could receive a $10 gift certificate to the school’s last Scholastic Book Fair of the year, to encourage summer reading. With these funds, students were able to gain access to more than 870 books. Fruitland Primary is deeply appreciative of her commitment to its students. The Wicomico Mentoring Project honored Ms. Gallaher as the Mentor of the Month for May.


United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore Addiction Awareness Arts Competition

This spring the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore again held an Addiction Awareness Arts Competition to give students the chance to illustrate the dangers of addiction. The student artwork was stunning and powerful. Certificates of achievement for these 1st Place winners, all from Wicomico County Public Schools:

Wicomico County Middle School Fine Art, $500 award: Johnnie Watkins, Bennett Middle

Wicomico County High School Film, $1,000 award: Meredith Brewington, Parkside High and Visual and Performing Arts Program

Wicomico County High School Fine Art, $1,000 award: Taylor Smith, Wicomico High and Visual and Performing Arts Program


United Way Campaign Recognition

Every year Wicomico County Public Schools generously supports the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s annual campaign, to help others in our community. The 2017-2018 campaign was our most successful to date. It reached a grand total of $81,298.51 thanks to some very spirited and creative fund-raising efforts. That topped the previous year’s total from Wicomico Schools by more than $20,000. Thank you to the thousands of employees, students and families who supported the United Way, as well as the school and department coordinators and Payroll staff who make this massive fundraising campaign work.

Certificates of recognition for the school with the highest contribution total at each level. Their efforts will be celebrated on billboards so the entire community can appreciate what they’ve done. Please congratulate these schools and their campaign coordinators:

Pinehurst Elementary – Peggy Troiano and Trina Lowe

Salisbury Middle – Tikitia Glover and Tiya Bethea

Mardela Middle and High – Kara Brown and Linda Nestor

For the first time this year many schools held a Dance United event to engage students in supporting the United Way campaign. Certificates of recognition for the top 3 Dance United schools:

Westside Primary - $1,526.65

Pittsville Elementary and Middle - $1,482.25

Mardela Middle and High - $1,277.75

Certificate of recognition for the school that came up with its own wildly successful and very messy fundraiser for the United Way. Fruitland Primary students paid just $3 for a cup of slime to dump on the principal, assistant principal and Physical Education teacher. Do you think many took advantage of this opportunity? Yes! Sliming for the United Way raised $1,541, the single largest school fundraising event for the United Way this year!


Prince Street Buddy Program

Certificates of recognition are presented to the James M. Bennett High School students who were active in the Prince Street Buddy Program. This is a group of JMB students who went to Prince Street Elementary during their lunch time to eat with Prince Street students. The goal is for Prince Street students to experience meal time conversations and have a high school mentor in an unstructured setting. Many of the JMB "buddies" stay for extra time and even go into the classrooms to assist teachers. On behalf of Prince Street Elementary School, we have certificates of recognition for service to others for the Prince Street Buddies who participated in this program all year and volunteered 10 or more hours:

Elizabeth Simpson - 90 hours

Sam Wiersberg -30 hours

Londyn Wiggins - 30 hours

Toni Smith -30 hours

Victoria Cropper - 25 hours

Sayuri Velazco - 15 hours

Julianna Sterling - 10 hours

Brandon Wiggins -10 hours


2018 Retirees (25.4-29.7 years)

Deborah S. Dashiell, professional development coach, North Salisbury Elementary, 29.7 years

Elizabeth A. Vastine, instructional assistant III, Wicomico Middle, 28.2 years

Ellen M. Doxtater, science teacher, Bennett Middle, 27.1 years with Wicomico Schools, 29 years total

Mae L. Higgins, music teacher, Westside Intermediate, 25 years with Wicomico Schools, 27.8 years total

James C. Tedrow, speech language therapist, Pittsville Elementary and Middle, 27 years with Wicomico Schools, 31 years total

Gerry Travis, food service manager III, Parkside High, 27.7 years

Amanda M. Markos, Thinking and Doing (TAD) teacher, North Salisbury Elementary, 27 years with Wicomico Schools, 42.9 years total

Rachel W. Simpson, Grade 4 teacher, Fruitland Intermediate, 27 years with Wicomico Schools, 30 years total

Edward A. Hoeck, Physical Education teacher, Beaver Run Elementary, 26 years

Frank E. Manuel, assistant building service manager II, Facility Services, 26.8 years

Carol M. Evans, administrative office associate, Parkside High, 25.4 years


NAMM Foundation Best Communities for Music Education

In the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation 2018 Best Communities for Music Education survey, Wicomico County Public Schools was once again honored as one of the Best Communities for Music Education. Wicomico received this recognition for the seventh straight year and for the ninth time in the past 12 years. Ours is one of four school districts recognized in Maryland, and one of only two on Delmarva.

This annual survey acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum. This recognition represents the excellence of our music educators and music education curriculum, both of which support the excellence of our students. We applaud the outstanding leadership and advocacy for arts education of Dr. Jeffery Baer, Supervisor of Fine Arts for Wicomico County Public Schools, as well as now retired Supervisor Gary A. Beauchamp.


Superior at 2018 Maryland State Solo and Ensemble Festivals

Each spring the Maryland Music Educators Association holds the State Solo and Ensemble Festivals for students and ensembles who qualify by receiving a Superior rating at the District Solo and Ensemble level. The following students and band performed at State Solo and Ensemble and received a Superior rating – the highest rating available to a performer – at this highest level of competition. We are extremely proud to celebrate them with Certificates of Achievement.

For strings, instructors Ashley Palmer, Courtney Bennett and Sarah Burton:

Bennett Middle:

Cristina Avanessian, violin, Grade 8

Sunny Baek, viola, Grade 8

Ellie Long, violin, Grade 7

Briana Truitt, violin, Grade 6

Wicomico Middle:

Brandon Williams, cello, Grade 8

James M. Bennett High:

Simon Jeong, violin, Grade 9

Gabe Dunn, violin, Grade 11

Parkside High:

Gracie Elswick, violin, Grade 9

Teiji Schoyen, cello, Grade 9

Leyna Paul, violin, Grade 11

Miyuki Schoyen, violin, Grade 12

Mardela Middle and High:

Alexzander Baer, cello, Grade 9

For chorus, instructors Stephen Harvey and Megan Centineo:

From the Wicomico County Visual and Performing Arts Program and James M. Bennett High:

Alison Sahler, soprano, 2018 graduate of James M. Bennett High

For Maryland State Band Festival:

The Parkside High School Symphonic Band, Band Director Kevin Zackiewicz. The Parkside Symphonic Band was the first Wicomico County band to perform at the Maryland State Band Festival in many years. Of the 36 bands that qualified for the State Band Festival, only 11 earned a Superior rating. Parkside received unanimous Superior ratings from the three judges in the concert hall, proving that they are among the highest quality band programs in the state.

For State Solo and Ensemble for Band:

These band students scored Superior at State Solo and Ensemble on one or more pieces. Instructors are Joshua Mengel, Ken Dasher, Laura LeBlanc, Lillian Hoffman, Cory Boltz, Douglas Miles, Kevin Zaczkiewicz.

Bennett Middle:

Kiley DiCintio, clarinet

Emily White, trumpet

Sunny Baek, flute

Emily Lynch, clarinet

Pittsville Middle:

Chloe Dasher, flute

Hannah Richardson, flute

Kayla Knoll, flute

Alexis Bowe, clarinet

Sarah Knapp, trumpet

Lilly Dasher, French horn

Leanna Morris, French horn

Le'Quiesha Hodges, trombone

Jonathan Lombardo, percussion

Salisbury Middle:

Hannah Kim, flute

Kayla Lim, flute

Wicomico Middle:

Ava Bautista, flute

Sophia Petito, flute

Mardela Middle and High:

Jessica Messick, flute

Taylour Turk, flute

Ashlynn Brown, clarinet

La’Najah Johnson, flute

Austin Mecca, alto saxophone

Luke Murphy, tombone

Gabrielle Nelson, clarinet

Ryan Soldatelli, snare drum

Imani Wright, clarinet

Adrienne Bayly, clarinet

Olivia Beauchamp, flute

Camille Brackett, flute

Kanye Brown, snare drum

Emily Dennis, flute

Casey Gerhart, flute

Jonathan Hagy, snare drum

Taylor Hagy, flute

Davin Jensen, snare drum

Ja’Kaiyah Johnson, clarinet

Conner Jones, trumpet

Se’Airah Lewis, flute

Olivia Mitchell, trumpet

Madelyn Raygor, alto saxophone

Zachary Solembrino, snare drum

Chase Spencer, snare drum

Julianna Torre, clarinet

Madeline Umsted, trumpet

Samuel Umsted, baritone

Alyssa Boltz, flute and French horn

Jacob Harris, alto saxophone

Emily Lawson, flute

Ally McFarlane, baritone

Emma Robbins, clarinet

Logan Rudd, alto saxophone

Matthew Taylor, tuba

Abreya Gunther, flute

Matthew Guy, tenor saxophone

Madison Horner, marimba

Jacob Long, baritone

Austin Mason, tenor saxophone

Brittany Palmer, trumpet

Breanna Soldatelli, bells and snare drum

Tianna Staten, clarinet

Olivia Waters, vibraphone

Mitchell Adams, trombone

Malik Allen, snare drum

Armani Banks, snare drum and marimba

Alexis Cook, flute

Gary Hoehler, snare drum

Adam Insley, trumpet

Rachel Lewis, flute

Rease Maloney, flute

Morgan McGee, flute

Hunter Wirt, marimba and snare drum

Maggie Adams, trumpet

Emma Bush, clarinet

Joseph Cropper, alto saxophone

Keith Flagg, trombone

Lauren Fox, clarinet

Darien O’Neal, snare drum and xylophone

James M. Bennett High:

Michael Avanessian, snare and mallets

Simon Lewis, French horn

Parkside High:

Gi Kwon, flute

Sara Sadjadi, flute

Maggie Harkins, French horn

Gracie Perry, clarinet

Allyson Morris, French horn


Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Certificate of achievement for Mardela High School Symphonic Band and Warrior Marching Band & Bandfront, Band Director Cory Boltz, for the band’s success at the 2018 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival held May 4-5 in Winchester, Va.

The Symphonic Band presented an artful concert at the Shenandoah University Music Conservatory and finished 1st  Open Class Band, 1st in the Concert Band Competition.

In the Friday Firefighters’ Parade, the Warrior Marching Band & Bandfront received accolades as Top Small Band, and Second Place among all competing Middle School, Large & Small High School & Military Bands.

At Saturday’s Grand Feature Parade, Mardela received Top Small Band, Top Bandfront (entire parade), and 1st Place among all competing Middle School, Large & Small High School & Military Bands.

Finally, Mardela received the singular honor of being named Sweepstakes Winner, the overall winner of Apple Blossom Festival for receiving the highest averaged scores in three events. This is the 5th time in six years that Mardela has received this honor!

The Mardela Warriors Marching Band & Bandfront picture will be displayed and distributed in the 2019 Apple Blossom Festival Brochure.


National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist

The National Merit Scholarship Award Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Students are recognized on the basis of their outstanding ability and potential for academic success in college, as measured by the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program recognizing 15,000 outstanding students nationwide as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. That’s less than 1% of the 1.6 million students who participate in the program each year, so it’s a high honor.

Certificate of achievement for 2018 James M. Bennett High School graduate Christina Sun for being named a Finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. We also extend congratulations to another Finalist, Jasper Flint, who was part of the JMB Class of 2018 but spent what would have been his senior year attending Amherst College.


Baxter Enterprises/McDonald’s McEducator Awards

Thanks to a partnership that started in 1999 between West Salisbury Elementary and Baxter Enterprises/McDonald's, thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of students have benefited from support that exceeds well over a half-million dollars. Baxter Enterprises is a wonderful partner supporting education across Delmarva, including in Wicomico County Public Schools. There are coupons and bicycles to reward good scholarship and citizenship at the elementary level, spirit nights at some of the 21 Baxter McDonald's restaurants on Delmarva, $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors, and McEducator Awards for top teachers from each elementary school. We greatly appreciate Baxter Enterprises for its outstanding commitment to education.

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the McEducator Award, given to a teacher from each elementary school for outstanding attendance, commendable observations and evaluations, positive rapport with others, tenured status, and an effective instructional program. Representatives of Baxter Enterprises presented each McEducator with a $300 Visa gift card, a certificate, and a McDonald’s tote bag.

Lori Peters, Beaver Run Elementary 

Susan Biddle, Charles H. Chipman Elementary        

Sara Adams, Delmar Elementary      

Lorene Evans, East Salisbury Elementary

Jessica Hanes, Fruitland Primary      

Rachel Simpson, Fruitland Intermediate      

Rebecca Clark, Glen Avenue Elementary                 

Lisa Della Ratta, North Salisbury Elementary

Joyce Taylor, Northwestern Elementary

Lindsey Hatfield, Pemberton Elementary

Jennifer Fitzgerald, Pinehurst Elementary                      

Matthew Curtis, Pittsville Elementary

Jessica Grimes, Prince Street Elementary

Chelsey Mangum, Wicomico Early Learning Center

Barbara Horsey, Westside Primary

Tara Martens, West Salisbury Elementary

Jaime McGraw, Westside Intermediate

Nicole Rittling, Willards Elementary


Maryland History Day Competition

For the third year, several Wicomico schools participated in the regional History Day held at Salisbury University in February. A Parkside High School team advanced to the state competition after finishing 2nd in the regional contest at Salisbury University. In April, the team competed at the state level and earned a Special Award in Maryland History that was sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society. Certificates of recognition to the members of this Parkside High team for the team’s documentary on Bridging the Divide: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge:

Felipe Calderon

Samantha Glenn

James Hsia

Gabrielle Hunt

Anisah Khattak

Teacher: Nicholas Dudas

The Maryland History Day competition annually recognizes a teacher from each participating school system. Wicomico County’s 2018 Maryland History Day District Teacher of the Year and advisor to two History Day teams at Wicomico High School, was:

Harry Suber, Wicomico High


2018 Retirees (20-24.2 years)

Dr. Cathy J. Townsend, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, 24.2 years with Wicomico Schools, 29 years total

Terry L. Swift, food service manager I, Pittsville Elementary and Middle, 24 years

Karen E. Culver, Food Service Manager, Mardela Middle and High, 24 years

Margaret White, accounting associate III, Pittsville Elementary and Middle, 23 years

Lily O. Green, Grade 5 teacher, East Salisbury Elementary, 23 years

Patricia H. Micciche, Social Studies teacher, Wicomico High, 22 years

Andrew J. Turner, III, Coordinator I, Student Services, 22 years

Melodye M. Maddux, accounting assistant, Birth to Five Program, 21 years

Deborah K. Gaines, food service worker, Delmar Elementary, 20.3 years


Letters about Literature

Every year, The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress presents Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing promotion program. Readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre – fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or classic – explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves. In Maryland, thousands of students enter the contest conducted by Maryland Humanities, and this year only 110 were selected as finalists.

Certificate of achievement for the Wicomico student who was a finalist and the state runner-up for high school students, Rawan Osman of James M. Bennett High. She wrote her letter to Sojourner Truth about her poem, “Ain’t I a Woman.”


Essay Contests: Optimist Club, DAR Good Citizen

Two recent graduates achieved outstanding results in essay contests during their senior years. Certificates of achievement for both of these James M. Bennett High students:

Samantha Wiersberg. Samantha was the essay contest winner for the Salisbury Optimist Club, and her essay placed 2nd for all the Optimist Clubs in the Maryland/South Delaware District.

Rawan Osman. Rawan’s Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen essay entry won for the Samuel Chase Chapter of DAR, and won again at the state level. At the Eastern Division level her essay was among the 800 essays judged from five states, the District of Columbia, and chapters in 12 other countries. Rawan’s essay was again the winner, and it is now awaiting judging at the national level along with seven other Division-winning essays.


Light of Literacy Awards

The Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries’ Light of Literacy Awards recognize individuals and groups as shining examples of the best and brightest of our community in the area of literacy. Certificates of recognition for a student and a teacher who were recipients of 2018 Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries Light of Literacy Awards.

Youth Luminary: Rehman Liaqat, James M. Bennett High School. Rehman is a Pakistani bilingual student, and when he learned that a group of Pakistani women in his neighborhood were struggling due to limited English, he took action. He met with the women weekly to improve their English comprehension so they could take care of tasks like applying for employment, earning a driver’s license, and reading important letters. We are proud of this very active JMB student for his personal commitment to making a difference in our world.

Educator Luminary: Joan Cooper, James M. Bennett High School. Each year, this English teacher works with Salt Water Media to publish a high-quality student anthology of creative writing and artwork for her school. She does this on her own time, and she works to secure funds to cover the whole cost. She works with students in the STEP UP after-school program to write children’s books. She goes above and beyond to give students opportunities in creative writing.


Unified Bocce State Tournament: Gold

Wicomico County Public Schools is proud to partner with Special Olympics Maryland to offer Unified Sports teams in the four high schools. The Interscholastic Unified Sports program empowers athletes to demonstrate the true meaning of sportsmanship, fair play and commitment to a team as students with and without disabilities partner to compete against teams from around the area and the state. During the recent state Unified Bocce competition held May 23rd at Washington College, this Parkside High team advanced through the division brackets to gain the most points in its division and win the gold medal:

Kali Krauss

Allan “AB” Hall

Madison McLaren

Dylan Laing

Maggie O’Grady

Jeremiah Justice

Coaches:  Bruce Harrell and Emily Miller


2018 Retirees (15-19.1 years years)

Sherri M. Pritchett, Special Education teacher, Pinehurst Elementary, 19.1 years

Michael P. Willey Sr., building service manager II, Mardela Middle and High, 16.3 years

Dr. Daryl T. Jones, math teacher, Wicomico High, 16 years with Wicomico Schools, 26 years total

Larry J. Collins, Dean of Students, Prince Street Elementary, 15.5 years Wicomico Schools, 22.2 years total

Linda M. Davis, Special Education teacher, Wicomico High, 15 years Wicomico Schools, 16 years total


47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference

Local TV station 47 ABC supports teachers by surprising lucky educators throughout the year with 47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference recognition. Certificates of recognition for the Wicomico teachers who were honored as a 47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference during the 2017-2018 school year:

Antoinette Daniel, choral director, Parkside High School, October

Michelle Schlegel, Kindergarten teacher at Charles H. Chipman Elementary School, March


2018 Retirees (10-14.1 years years)

Paul D. Vinroot, music teacher, Wicomico High, 14.1 years with Wicomico Schools, 26.1 years total

Audrey Cottrell, custodian, East Salisbury Elementary, 14 years

Gladys O. “Faye” Wilson, parent involvement specialist, Central Office, 13.4 years

Vivian D. Ballard, food service worker, James M. Bennett High, 13 years

Barbara A. Wilson, food service worker, James M. Bennett High, 13 years

Terese S. Seward, Kindergarten teacher, Pemberton Elementary, 13 years

Diane Washington-White, Guidance Counselor, Fruitland Primary, 13 years

Alice W. Rogers, Guidance Counselor, James M. Bennett High, 12.5 years

Lisa D. Johnson, instructional assistant II – Special Education, Delmar Elementary, 12.4 years

Jerry L. Bennett, school counselor, James M. Bennett High, 12.6 years

Barbara E. Lavender, food service worker, Wicomico Middle, 12 years

Vicki R. Richardson, Special Education teacher, Westside Primary, 11 years Wicomico Schools, 23 years total

Thomas F. Humlhanz, maintenance foreman, Facility Services, 11.8 years

Barbara L. Lord, Special Education teacher, Fruitland Primary, 10 years Wicomico Schools, 33 years total

Dolores G. Nolan, Special Education teacher, Mardela Middle and High, 10 years

John E. Watson Jr., user support specialist, Central Office Northgate, 10 years


Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education STEM Lesson Plan Contest

Certificate of recognition for Kevin Hill, Elementary Science Resource Teacher, for being selected as the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education’s Grand Prize Winner in its STEM lesson plan contest. WCPS learned about the contest at the National Science Teacher Association Conference, and Mr. Hill submitted a STEM lesson he created. In A Better Fort for George, students learn U.S. history, then develop and test fort designs that would have helped George Washington avoid his only surrender – the battle at Fort Necessity during the French and Indian War, 1754. He has worked with teachers in a number of our elementary schools to implement this highly-engaging lesson. As the grand prize winner, he was awarded a $1,500 grant for materials and equipment to further his impact in our elementary classrooms.


Wicomico County Robotics Club Achievements

It was another successful year for the Wicomico County Robotics Club. VEX Team 3389D qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship by being one of the three team alliance teams that won the state championship at the Delmarva State Championship. The World Championship took place in Louisville, Kentucky in late April. Team 3389D finished in 62nd place in their 97-team division. Wicomico County Robotics mentors are very proud of team 3389D and their performance on and off the field.

Certificates of achievement for these team members, all Parkside High students:

Team Captain/CAD: Anisah Khattak

Programmer: Samantha Glenn

Mechanical: Rence Davis

Mechanical: Jeffrey Wyatt Donoway

VEX EDR recommends that World teams bring extra team members as back-ups, and we have certificates of achievement for the following members of other Wicomico Robotics VEX teams that supported the team at Worlds:

Programmer: Patrick SebaRaj, James M. Bennett High

Mechanical: Michael Klos, Mardela High

CAD/Mechanical: Corey Phillips, Mardela High

On February 17th, FTC team 10382 of the Wicomico County Robotics Club competed in the MD/DC State Championship thanks to having won the Inspire Award at both of their district competitions. Judges gave the prestigious Inspire Award to the team that embodies the challenge of the FIRST Tech Challenge program, acting with gracious professionalism both on and off the playing field. The judges only had wonderful things to say, and the mentors of the Wicomico County Robotics Club are very proud of FTC team 10382.

Certificates of achievement for these team members:

Sam Amrhein, Mechanical; Will Amrhein, Mechanical, both Wicomico High

Joe Bernstein, Programming/Mechanical; Jack Cuppett, Mechanical/CAD; Madison McLaren, Business; Anisah Khattak, Business, all from Parkside High

Goutham Korada, Programming; Ryan More, Mechanical/Programming; Alex Patterson, Business; Alana Reyes, Team Captain; Patrick SebaRaj, Programming, all from James M. Bennett High


Baltimore Ravens Touchdown for Teachers Contest

Salisbury Middle School science and STEM teacher Dr. Chad Pavlekovich was a finalist in the 2018 Ravens Touchdown for Teachers contest. This contest by the Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank recognizes teachers for outstanding service to their schools and communities. Congratulations to Dr. Pavlekovich, who as one of four finalists was honored at the Ravens Flock Festival and received a $500 grant for his classroom, a personalized Ravens jersey, and a plaque.


Mid-Atlantic Mathematics Challenge

Certificates of recognition for the students who were individual and team winners in the Mid-Atlantic Mathematics Challenge held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on April 19th.  The competition was open to high school juniors and focused on applications of Algebra and Geometry in team and individual events. Individual and team winners included one JMB student and the rest were Parkside students:


Individual Winners:

1st Place: Mazen Hamza, James M. Bennett High

2nd Place: Hannah Mascara, Parkside High

3rd Place: Haris Amir, Parkside High


Parkside’s 1st Place team consisted of:

Asher Amey

Haris Amir

Rehan Amir

Eshani Baral

Sara Bennett

Dylan Bennish

Joe Bernstein

Lauren Bradford

Mazen Hamza

Hannah Mascara

Madison McLaren

Jaime Miller-Vail

Brendan Payne

Kinza Pervaiz

Sarah Runge

Brady Smith

Tim Yingling

Coach: Danielle Amey