Board of Education Honors Students, Staff, Schools and Supporters at May 5 Awards Night
The Wicomico County Board of Education honored many outstanding students, teachers, staff members, schools and community partners at its Awards & Recognitions Night on Tuesday, May 5 in the Wicomico High School Auditorium. Learn more about all of the honorees in this listing from the awards night.
2015-2016 Wicomico Teacher of the Year
Kim McGlinchey, a special education teacher at Wicomico High School, was honored for her selection on March 19 as the 2015-2016 Wicomico Teacher of the Year. She received an apple sculpture on an engraved stand from the Board. One of the school system’s vendor partners, Data Networks, generously supported the Teacher of the Year recognition program by donating for the Teacher of the Year a new laptop, which McGlinchey received on stage. She also received citations, certificates and words of congratulations from the representative of U.S. Representative Andy Harris, Bill Reddish; Maryland Senators James Mathias and Adelaide Eckardt; Wicomico County delegates Carl Anderton, Chris Adams and Johnny Mautz; and Gary Hammer, President of the Wicomico County Education Association.
2015-2016 Wicomico Teacher of the Year Kimberly McGlinchey is a 1994 graduate of James M. Bennett High who joined Wicomico High School’s teaching staff 13 years ago. She teaches special education, serves on various Instructional Leadership Team committees, is special education department chair, and works as a videographer for athletes needing game footage for college recruiters. She is a coach for outdoor track, a mentor, a supporter of the National Honor Society’s holiday help at the Salvation Army, and co-organizer of the school’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid for college) night. She will represent all Wicomico teachers in the Maryland Teacher of the Year Recognition Program.
Certificates of achievement for 2015 Carson Scholars:
Josephine Ledford, 5th grade, North Salisbury Elementary
Gia Bautista, 8th grade, Wicomico Middle
Jaime Miller-Vail, 8th grade, Bennett Middle
Kevon Turnamian, 11th grade, James M. Bennett High
Certificates of recognition to renewed Carson Scholars:
Anna Long, 7th-grade student at Bennett Middle School, third time
Andrew Boltz, 12th grader at Mardela High School, 2nd time
Each year, the Carson Scholars Fund recognizes a select group of high achieving students from around the country in Grades 4 and higher who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. In April, six Wicomico County Public School students were honored in front of family, peers and educators as new or renewed Carson Scholars. With this honor, new Carson Scholars receive a $1,000 scholarship for college, funded by the world-renowned John Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, and his wife, Candy Carson.
State and Bayside Honors for Outstanding Wrestling Coach
Certificate of achievement to Dion Johnson, Mardela Middle and High School for being selected to receive the 2014 Maryland Coach of the Year Award for wrestling by the National Federation of State High School Associations and its Coaches Association, being inducted into the Maryland District VII & VIII Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in March, and receiving the Bayside Conference Outstanding Sportsmanship Award to:
Young Authors Contest Regional and State Winners
Certificates of achievement to the Wicomico students who were 1st place winners in the Eastern Shore Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest, and 1st place winners in the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council Young Authors Contest:
Grade 9 Poetry: Alison Sahler, James M. Bennett High
Grade 12 Short Story: Kayla Thornton, Parkside High
Certificates of recognition to 1st place winners from the Eastern Shore Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest:
Grade 4 Poetry: Laura Rogers, Delmar Elementary
Grade 5 Poetry: Rosemary Schmuff, North Salisbury Elementary
Grade 5 Short Story: Katie Mitchell, Fruitland Intermediate
Grade 6 Poetry: Rylie Green, Mardela Middle
Grade 6 Short Story: Noah Hornstein, Salisbury Middle
Grade 9 Short Story: Abigail Reilly, James M. Bennett High
Every year public and private school students in Wicomico County and surrounding counties are invited to participate in the Young Authors Contest sponsored by the Eastern Shore Reading Council. Students in grades 2 through 12 submit poems and short stories. A panel of judges selected the local winners, and these 1st place local winners advanced to the Young Authors Contest at the State level for judging.
2015 National Association for Professional Development Schools Award for Exemplary Achievement
Certificates of achievement for Salisbury University and Mardela Middle and High School receiving the National Association for Professional Development Schools Award for Exemplary Achievement to:
Frederick Briggs, Principal of Mardela Middle and High
Cathy Ramey, Mardela Middle and High’s PDS site coordinator and mentor teacher
From the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies at Salisbury University:
Ron Siers, PDS liaison and chair of Education Specialties
Paul Gasior, Coordinator of Field Experiences
Sara Elburn, teacher education faculty
At the Professional Development Schools National Conference in March, Salisbury University and Mardela Middle and High School were awarded with the National Association for Professional Development Schools Award for Exemplary Achievement. This award recognizes outstanding professional development schools for collaborative relationships, and Salisbury University’s partnership with Mardela Middle and High was one of only six honored this year. This recognition came due to high productivity and morale from the partnership, and a spirit of reciprocal support and development by all involved. The award is a high honor for a partnership that benefits the school, its students, the community, the university, and the future educators who are supported through the PDS process.
Outstanding Community Supporters
Certificates of recognition and thanks to the volunteers who have supported the Wicomico ACE Mentor Program:
Frank Bowen, United Landscaping
Tim Chatterton, RMF Engineering
Ted Daniels, Gilbane Building Company
Steve Devon, RMF Engineering
Steve Marsh, George Miles & Buhr
Scott Rogers, IPEM Solutions
Micah Scott, Holder Construction Company
Max Verbits, Salisbury University
Andrew Welch, Davis, Bowen & Friedel
Volunteer Coordinators: Sandy Carpenter and Heather Smith, Becker Morgan Group
This year the ACE Mentor Program of the Eastern Shore celebrated six years as an after-school program for Wicomico County high school students. ACE stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. Each week, engineers from local firms met with students and helped them to design projects based on design, construction and engineering principles. This year’s project, “30 @ 50” involved developing a mixed use commercial property to incorporate café space, special events, and an indoor farmers market. Students in the ACE program are eligible to earn college scholarships, and this group provided more than $8,000 in scholarship awards this year
Certificate of recognition to Dr. Jeffrey Emmert of Salisbury University for his longstanding support of STEM education in Wicomico schools. He has faithfully committed his time and resources to support Wicomico County Board of Education STEM Initiatives over a number of years. He has presented numerous STEM Saturday programs for both Wicomico County elementary and middle school students, and has been been active with the First LEGO League Qualifying Tournament as referee. His commitment to STEM in our schools and his personal involvement in our programs has enriched many lives. This community member has proven that one person can make a big difference in enhancing the educational experience for hundreds of students.
Certificate of recognition to the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club for its generous support of the Wicomico County Battle of the Books. This year the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club generously supported the Wicomico County Battle of the Books, a reading competition for teams of 4th and 5th grade students throughout the county. Students worked cooperatively in teams to creatively display elements of one of 11 books. A winning team of students, coach and media specialist was chosen for each book, and with help from Sunrise Rotary Club, every student got a Barnes & Noble gift card to further support their love of reading.
4th annual Wicomico County Elementary Chess Tournament
Certificates of recognition to students who achieved a 1st place finish in the 4th annual Wicomico County Elementary Chess Tournament on April 17 at Westside Intermediate. Students in grades 2-5 from Wicomico public and private schools and home school competed, and it was the biggest Wicomico chess tournament yet.
Grade 4: Gianluca Secondi, Westside Intermediate
Grade 5: Gianfranco Secondi, Westside Intermediate
Coastal Association of Realtors Poster Contest
Certificate of recognition to Rebecca Shahan, North Salisbury Elementary, teacher Mrs. Jill Adams, for being the 2nd place winner in the Coastal Association of Realtors Poster Contest to promote fair housing. The Coastal Association of Realtors recently had a poster contest to promote and recognize fair housing guidelines. The theme of the contest was “Everyone Wins with Fair Housing.” Students in the tri-county area were invited to submit entries. Out of 150 entries, this student from North Salisbury Elementary placed second. She received a gift card and a certificate from the Coastal Association of Realtors as a poster contest winner.
Follett Aspen Large District Impact Award
Certificates of recognition to the members of the Follett Aspen data system team whose work led to Wicomico County Public Schools receiving the Large District Impact Award from the Follett Learning Corp. Aspen Product Division:
Earl Moore, Applications Manager
Paul Santoni, Raymond Jones, Chris Griffin and Jeanne Dwiggins, applications programmers
Faith Miller, data analyst
The school system needs good tools to effectively manage data such as grades, attendance, conduct, assessment results, and much more for 14,500+ students and more than 2,500 staff members. One of the best of these tools in the toolbox is the Follett Aspen data system used by teachers, administrators, parents and guardians, and many students. Wicomico has used Aspen so effectively that at the Follett Aspen Institute conference held April 7th and 8th in Providence, Rhode Island, Wicomico County Schools was awarded the Large District Impact Award. Wicomico was one of 400 school systems competing for awards, and this was one of only six awards given by Follett Learning Corporation’s Aspen Product Division
PTA Reflections State Winner
Certificate of achievement for receiving recognition at the state level of the PTA Reflections Art Contest to Maya Matava, North Salisbury Elementary – Intermediate Photography – Award of Merit. For four decades, the PTA Reflections art program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. Each year, the Wicomico County Council of PTAs holds a Reflections art contest for students in preschool through grade 12. This year’s theme was, “The world would be a better place if ….”
County Winner, 2014-2015 Maryland Breakfast Challenge
Certificate of recognition to East Salisbury Elementary School for being the top Wicomico school in the 2014-2015 Maryland Breakfast Challenge, with congratulations to:
Glendon Jones, Principal
Kaye Webster, Food Service Manager
Kathy Derby, Constance Welch, Nancy Goodson, Shadae Williams, Valerie Sullivan, Cloradine Jackson, food service staff members
East Salisbury was the county winner of the 2014-2015 Maryland Breakfast Challenge, part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. Schools and school districts throughout Maryland were invited to participate in an effort to boost academic achievement by increasing breakfast participation. ESS showed the highest increase in students who ate school breakfast compared to the school’s total enrollment, due in large part to its new Grab and Go breakfast for this school year. Students were able to get into the building 15 minutes earlier than before, giving them more time to grab, go, and eat in the classroom before the school day began. The school also added a kiosk in the cafeteria to move students through the cafeteria faster. No Kid Hungry is awarding the school a banner and a prize of $2,000.
Kids Helping Kids/Harvest for the Hungry
Certificate of recognition to North Salisbury Elementary School for being named Wicomico County's Top Collector for Maryland's 2014-15 Kids Helping Kids Campaign Food and Fund Drive. Receiving this award are the school’s campaign coordinators, Debbie Wilkins and Alexis Felix. Maryland's annual Kids Helping Kids/Harvest for the Hungry Campaign provides students with the opportunity to learn about the problem of hunger while collecting food for their local food bank. This year, Maryland students helped collect more than 447,000 pounds of food and raised more than $139,000 to feed hungry children across this state. This school was the top “Kids Helping Kids” collector in Wicomico County. On May 11th, this school will be honored with a very special Education Citation and new school library books at the Kids Helping Kids Food and Fund Drive Ceremony at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore.
NAMM Best Communities for Music Education
Certificate for being named one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the NAMM Foundation Survey presented to Gary A. Beauchamp, Supervisor of Fine Arts for Wicomico County Public Schools, and several music educators on behalf of all music educators in the school system. The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has announced the results of its 16th annual Best Communities for Music Education survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum. Wicomico County Public Schools was one of only two school districts selected in the state of Maryland. This was the 6th time in the past nine years that Wicomico County Public Schools has been selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States.
2015 Maryland Music Educators Association Awards
Two Wicomico music educators received awards at the Maryland Music Educators Association Award of Excellence luncheon, held on April 18.
Certificate of achievement and a special name badge to Cory Boltz, Band Director at Mardela Middle/High School, for being honored by the Maryland Music Educators Association with the 2015 Outstanding Music Teacher Award. He is doing great things in his classroom, his school and his community. For the past 16 of his 21 years in Wicomico County, he has directed the Intermediate Band, Advanced and Festival Band, High School Symphonic Band, and Warrior Marching Band & Bandfront, and in many years pit orchestra, too. He avidly supports students in auditioning and performing both individually and in ensembles, and engages his bands in many community events. The Warrior Marching Band & Bandfront shine brightly under his leadership in the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, where for the past three years the band has been the “Sweepstakes Winner” – best band overall. This award-winning teacher is a dedicated professional, a terrific motivator, a supportive colleague, and a friendly face for students at community performances and events.
Certificate of achievement to C. Benton Reavis, Choral Director and Music Department Chair at James M. Bennett High School, for being honored by the Maryland Music Educators Association with the MMEA Service Award. This Wicomico music teacher, now in his 46th year, received the MMEA Service Award that is given to educators who establish and sustain strong music programs and advocate for the importance of music education. He has spent the past 42 years of his career at James M. Bennett High School, where he is head of the music department and teaches Concert Choir, Intermediate Choir, American Musical Theatre, and Fundamentals of Theatre. For his first 25 years at JMB he was advisor to the Drama Club, and he chartered a chapter of the International Thespian Society. He is active in music in church, at Wor-Wic Community College, with Salisbury Chamber Singers, with Community Players of Salisbury, and with the JMB PTSA’s annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival.
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Winners
As part of Wicomico County’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative, Wicomico hosted its 6th annual regional FIRST LEGO LEAGUE tournament on Dec. 9. This event included Lego-building challenges for younger students, a robotics workshop, and the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE team tournament from which these two teams advanced to the state tournament. Certificates of recognition to the students and coaches of the teams that that won the opportunity to advance to the FLL State Tournament at University of Maryland Baltimore County on Feb. 28:
LEGO Elites of Salisbury Middle School:
Coach: Ken Johnson
LEGO Miners of Wicomico Middle:
Coaches: Jamie Eakin and Jeff Lynd
2015 Maryland Eastern Shore Spelling Bee
Certificate of achievement to Gia Bautista, winner of the 2015 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee and qualifier for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. She is a repeat champion from Wicomico Middle School. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore sponsored a March 7 regional spelling bee for students in grades 4-8 in Lower Shore public and private schools. The 2015 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee was held at UMES with more than 50 competitors. The spelling bee champion won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee later this month. This is the third straight year that Wicomico County Public Schools will have a representative in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries Light of Literacy Awards
The Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries Light of Literacy Awards breakfast on April 9 recognized individuals and groups as shining examples of the best and brightest of our community in the area of literacy. Certificates of recognition to these Wicomico County Public Schools’ recipients of the 2015 Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries Light of Literacy Awards:
Youth Luminary: Douglas Buck, Wicomico High School. For his Eagle Award project for Boy Scouts, Douglas built four “Little Free Libraries” around Wicomico County, including one at Charles H. Chipman Elementary and one at Ben’s Red Swings. Each Little Free Library is full of books to borrow, return and share free of charge. In addition to creating these little libraries, he has arranged with the Wicomico Public Libraries to continue stocking them.
Educator Luminary: Teresa McCain, James M. Bennett High School. In addition to being an outstanding English teacher, Ms. McCain supports students in the Optimist Oratorical and Poetry Out Loud contests, oversees many school activities including National Honor Society and the Books for Bucks initiative, and for a number of years coached the Bennett Middle team to Reading Rally championships.
Maryland Geography Bee
Certificates of recognition for qualifying for and participating in the 2015 Maryland Geography Bee to:
Spencer Van Dopp, Grade 8, Salisbury Middle
Matthew Waggoner, Grade 6, Wicomico Middle
These students emerged as school winners in head-to-head competition with classmates, then scored high enough on another written test to qualify as one of 100 finalists across the state to compete in the Maryland Geography Bee in March.
President’s Volunteer Service Award
Certificate of achievement to these Wicomico students who have received a gold President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Corporation for National & Community Service, and who were nominees for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:
Ricky McCoy, Wicomico High School, young adult recognition for 250+ hours. Ricky is a senior at Wicomico High and has more than 876 recorded hours of service. Most of those volunteer hours have been with the Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Co., but he has also volunteered with Relay for Life, in his school, in animal care at a local pet shop, in the WISE after school program at Wicomico Middle School, and more.
Alison Sahler, James M. Bennett High School, teen recognition for 100+ hours. Alison received the award last summer through Salisbury’s Promise, for volunteer work done while a student at Bennett Middle School. Alison’s volunteer activities have included supporting the launch of the regional spelling bee, singing in the Magi Children’s Choir, starting a Drama Club at Bennett Middle as a Girl Scout Silver Award project, serving as a volunteer at the Center for Performing Arts summer camp, and more.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award, given by the Corporation for National & Community Service, recognizes middle and high school students who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country. The gold President’s Volunteer Service Award is given to students 16 and older who have given more than 250 hours of service, and to students ages 11-15 who have given 100 or more hours of service. Each of these students received a gold pin, a letter, and a certificate sign by President Obama. They were also nominated for recognition in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, one by his high school and the other by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council.
Maryland General Assembly Page Program
Certificates of recognition to the 2015 Maryland General Assembly student pages and page alternate from Wicomico County Public Schools:
Kieran Murphy, James M. Bennett High School
Daniel Sullivan, Parkside High School
Alternate: Bonnie Bloxom, James M. Bennett High School
Each year, 120 student pages and 36 alternates are selected by the local school systems to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Page Program. Pages work for two non-consecutive weeks at the State House in Annapolis in either the House of Delegates or the Senate. This program provides students with a valuable, hands-on experience regarding the day-to-day intricacies of the legislative process in the state of Maryland. A Student Page Selection Panel of teachers from each of the county’s high schools interviewed page applicants and selected pages and an alternate from Wicomico County Public Schools.
Wicomico High JROTC Program
Certificates of recognition to the Wicomico High School JROTC Program, represented by Cadet Captain Brandon Lewis, Cadet Captain Rebecca Ingraham, and Cadet Lieutenant Aaron Rojas, for the JROTC’s community support activities and competition achievements during the 2014-2015 school year.
The Wicomico High School JROTC program was established in 2003. Out of five JROTC programs on the Lower Shore, Wicomico’s is the only Army JROTC and, with 165 cadets from all four high schools, it is currently the largest program in the tri-county region. This school year, the Wicomico JROTC served as honor guard for the Nov. 11th Wicomico County Veterans Day ceremony at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, for the War Memorial Committee. Cadets placed more than 120 flags at graves of military veterans in Wicomico Memorial Park.
The JROTC Color Guard performed more than 45 missions within the community, including the Fruitland Easter Parade, Fruitland Little League Parade, Salisbury University Men’s Lacrosse, Civic Center, Bayside Championship Basketball Game, Special Olympics, Salisbury Christmas Parade, Snow Hill Christmas Parade, Salisbury Jaycees, VFW, American Legion, 9/11 Ceremony, Military Ball, and Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.
JROTC volunteered at many events including Special Olympics, Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, Fruitland Little League, Salisbury Jaycees, Wicomico County Parks and Recreation, Wicomico War Memorial, American Education Week, and VFW.
In competition, the Wicomico High School JROTC Drill Team won 1st Place, Best Marching Unit, Salisbury Christmas Parade for the 4th year in a row, Competed in Sussex Technical High School JROTC Regional Drill Competition, winning 1st or 2nd in every event category (six overall team awards), and qualified for the National JROTC Drill Competition in Louisville, Kentucky (first time in program history). Wicomico JROTC Drill Team was one of only two teams to qualify from the state of Maryland. The JROTC Academic Team advanced to the second round of the Annual JROTC, Academic Bowl for the second consecutive year.
Poetry Out Loud Contest
Certificates of recognition to winners in the Poetry Out Loud Contest, all from James M. Bennett High School:
Nick Selser, 1st place District
Josh Thompson, 2nd place District
Spencer Tilghman, 3rd place District, 2nd place Regional competition, and one of eight students in the Maryland State Finals
The Poetry Out Loud Contest was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The contest invites into the English classroom the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater. By participating, students hone their public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage through competition in the classroom, school, county, district, region, state and ultimately the National Finals in Washington, D.C.
Unified Strength and Conditioning State Invitational Tournament Champions
Certificates of achievement to the players and coaches of the Mardela High School Unified Strength and Conditioning Team that finished 1st in the Unified Strength and Conditioning State Invitational Tournament:
Coaches: Denise Skeen & Joe Hastings
Wicomico County Public Schools is proud to partner with Special Olympics Maryland to offer Unified Sports seasons in the four high schools. Students with and without disabilities join to have fun, master the skills of a sport, and compete in tennis, bocce, and strength and conditioning. Competing against teams from around the state, the Mardela High School Strength and Conditioning team advanced through the bracket to gain the most points and be named the championship winning team. All of the players were on their game and more importantly the students showed a great deal of sportsmanship in their victories to finish first in the state
National Board Recertification
Certificate of recognition for recertification as a National Board Certified teacher to Adriana Bonsteel, Wicomico High School. Wicomico County is fortunate to have a number of nationally certified teachers working on behalf of students. The process of obtaining National Board Certification is a rigorous one, and teachers who successfully complete the process are certified for 10 years. Teachers may apply for recertification at the end of 10 years, and if recertified will continue to hold this prestigious credential for another 10 years.
James M. Bennett High Mock Trial Team
Certificates of recognition to the members and advisors of the 2014-2015 Mock Trial Team from James M. Bennett High School for the team’s Top 4 state semi-final finish in competition:
Staff Advisor: Phillip Portier
Lawyer advisors since 2006: Mark Tilghman and Susan Tilghman
The team from James M. Bennett High School takes part in Mock Trial, which is sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Association and Maryland Judiciary, CLREP. Mock trial aims to educate and energize high school students about law and judicial proceedings. Each year students receive a civil or criminal case that includes stipulated facts of the case, witness testimony, and related documents only. Students must construct their legal arguments and litigate the case. The thought-provoking and challenging case this year was based on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. James M. Bennett went undefeated against all participating schools on the Eastern Shore, winning its Circuit. The team then competed against Bishop Walsh from Allegheny County and won at the regional competition at the Montgomery County Circuit Courthouse. The team advanced all the way to the state semi-final round and finished its season as one of the top four teams out of 143 teams in the state, the best finish for a team from the Eastern Shore in more than a decade.
Appointments to Military Service Academies
Certificates of achievement for receiving appointment to the Class of 2019 at one of the military service academies:
For appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY: Sang Oh, Wicomico High
For appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis: Alivia Roskovich, Parkside High
These two students have received appointment to the Class of 2019 at one of the United States military service academies. Members of the House of Representatives make most nominations, though a nomination may also come from a U.S. senator, the president or vice president. These institutions prepare college-age Americans to be officers of the United States uniformed services. Upon graduation, service academy graduates are commissioned as officers in the active or reserve components of the military or merchant marine for a minimum of five years. The value of this appointment is hundreds of thousands of dollars for each of these students, who will receive a high quality education as they prepare to serve their country.
Leadership in Civic Engagement
Certificate of recognition for Leadership in Civic Engagement to Mr. Phillip Portier, Government teacher at James M. Bennett High School, for leading his Government students and other students in real-time civic study and involvement using the James M. Bennett High School Phase 3 project.
The long-planned Phase 3 became a topic of discussion earlier this year. This was due to a suggestion in the County Executive’s proposed Capital Improvement Program to repurpose the current Bennett Middle School rather than demolish it to make way for full development of the high school. Students in Mr. Portier’s Government classes were asking questions and expressing concerns, and this became an opportunity to teach students more about local government and civic participation. Once educated on the issue through analysis of primary source documents, students identified their County Council representative and wrote letters on Phase 3 – supporting construction, favoring reconsideration, looking for more information, or a combination. Many students received personal replies from their county councilman. County Executive Bob Culver arranged to come to the school to address more than 200 students and take questions on the topic. The Capital Improvement Program was ultimately approved with Phase 3 as originally planned, and the school, its students and teacher were thanked for their thoughtful and insightful involvement in the process.
2015 Maryland SkillsUSA Championships
The Maryland SkillsUSA contest showcases Maryland’s best and brightest career and technology education students as they compete for medals, prizes, scholarships, state recognition, and the chance to continue on to national and even international competition. Wicomico County SkillsUSA students made an outstanding showing at the April Maryland SkillsUSA Championship, placing seven students in the top three of a number of skill contests and sending two of those students on to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky this June, along with their instructors.
Certificates of achievement for Wicomico County’s first-place winners and gold medalists in the Maryland SkillsUSA Championships. These students are heading on to national competition:
Matthew Truitt (Parkside), Electronics Technology
Jerel Davis (Parkside), Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
Certificates of recognition to students who won bronze or silver medals in the Maryland SkillsUSA Championships:
2nd place silver medalists:
Katelyn Mader (James M. Bennett High) - Computer Aided Drafting & Design – Architectural Design
Ethan Ames (Parkside) - High Performance Manufacturing – Computer Numeric Control Technician
3rd place bronze medalists:
Brandon West (Parkside), Kalib Ehrisman (Parkside), and Jonathan Osowiecki (Wicomico), in the Welding Fabrication contest
National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Certificates of achievement to these James M. Bennett High School seniors who have been recognized as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program:
The National Merit Scholarship 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). Of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in a given year, only 15,000 students nationwide are recognized as finalists.
Boy Scout Eagle Award
Certificates of achievement to the Wicomico County high school students who this year have attained the Eagle Award, the highest ranking in Boy Scouts:
Joseph “Joey” Cinderella, James M. Bennett High
Andrew Boltz, Mardela High
Christopher Messick, James M. Bennett High
The Board also extended congratulations to several 2014 graduates who earned their Eagle Award: Kaya Manizade and Alex Mitchell of James M. Bennett High, and Maxwell Cuppett of Parkside High. The Boy Scout Eagle Award represents leadership, service, mastery of outdoor skills, and completion of a service project that benefits and engages the community. Earning the Eagle Award is an achievement of the highest level, and it’s an honor each of these students will hold for life.
H&R Block Budget Challenge Winners
Certificates of achievement to these Mardela High School students for winning $20,000 scholarships in the 2014-2015 H&R Block Budget Challenge:
High school students throughout the country participated in the H&R Block Budget Challenge for a chance to boost their financial literacy and maybe even earn scholarship money for college. This learn-by-doing Budget Challenge allowed students to experience activities like paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing in retirement, paying taxes, and more, from the safety of a classroom. The two Mardela High School seniors who did so well in the Budget Challenge that they each earned $20,000 scholarships for college were two of only 66 winners nationwide.
2014-2015 Wicomico County Math League
The Wicomico County Math League is an ongoing competition designed to test math and problem-solving skills of students in grades nine through twelve. The league is divided into two divisions, Junior Varsity and Varsity, with each school having two teams represented. Top district and school performers for the 2014-2015 Wicomico County Math League were recognized with medals and trophies.
Top Scorers for each school, Junior Varsity
Christina Sun, James M. Bennett High
Katherine Cottingham, Mardela High
Andrew Duck, Parkside High
Kelsey Watson, Wicomico High
Top Scorers in the County, Junior Varsity
Tie 3rd Place-Christina Sun, James M. Bennett High and Jacqueline James, Parkside High
2nd Place-Allan Hall, Parkside High
1st Place-Andrew Duck, Parkside High
Top Scorers for each school, Varsity
Kevon Turnamian, James M. Bennett High
Kai Johnson, Mardela High
Bhavik Bhatt, Parkside High
Rebecca Bizzarri & Sang Oh (TIE), Wicomico High
Top Scorers in the County, Varsity
In a three-way tie for 2nd Place: Rebecca Bizzarri, Wicomico High; Sang Oh, Wicomico High; and Joon Choi, James M. Bennett High
1st Place: Kevon Turnamian, James M. Bennett High
School trophies for scoring the highest number of points in this year’s Math League meets to:
The Parkside High JV team, coached by Brandy Taylor
The James M. Bennett High Varsity team, coached by Keith Donoway