Board of Education Recognizes Outstanding Achievements at Nov. 18 Awards & Recognitions Night
Congratulations to the many students, parents, staff members, schools, programs and community partners who were recognized Nov. 18, 2014 at the first Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night of the 2014-2015 school year.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Maryland Ambassador, Hall of Fame Honoree
The Wicomico County Public School System is the first school system in the nation to pilot a countywide NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 program, in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association which has provided a $104,000 grant to serve every Wicomico school. Certificates of achievement to recognize outstanding leadership in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program to:
Ryan Nay, Maryland Program Ambassador to the 2014 National Student Ambassador Summit. He represented Westside Intermediate, Salisbury Middle and all Wicomico and Maryland schools participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. He helped lead the way by representing the entire state as the Play 60 Maryland Program Ambassador at the 2014 national Student Ambassador Summit in Arlington, Texas in July.
Nicholas Thompson, an inaugural inductee into the National Fuel Up to Play 60 Hall of Fame, representing Maryland. Mr. Thompson is a physical education teacher at Westside Intermediate and program advisor of Wicomico County’s Fuel Up to Play 60 countywide program. Thompson led the way in bringing Fuel Up to Play 60 to Wicomico County, first at Prince Street, and then at Westside Intermediate. The partner school of Westside Primary also took the Fuel Up ball and ran with it, and the program has now expanded to serve every school in the county. His leadership earned him induction into the national Fuel Up to Play 60 Hall of Fame in its inaugural year. It’s because of his dedication and support that Fuel Up to Play 60 is creating healthier students and schools throughout Wicomico County and beyond.
Arts for Learning School Leadership Award
The Board of Education joined Young Audiences to present the October 2014 Arts for Learning School Leadership Award to Willards Elementary School, represented by Principal Regina Rando and Nikki Rittling, arts integration lead teacher/PE teacher, for exemplifying excellence, innovation, and creativity in the arts. The Board thanked Wonderful Willards for inspiring young people and expanding their learning through the arts and applauded the successful partnership with Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland.
The arts are a critical aspect of a child’s education—they engage and excite students in learning and also give them an avenue to learn about themselves. Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland, represented by Mr. Kurtis Donnelly, Young Audiences Program Director, and Ms. Liz Galuardi, Young Audiences Program and School Relationship Coordinator, recognized Willards Elementary for its excellence, innovation, and creativity in the arts. Young Audiences is the nation’s largest arts-in-education network, and it is devoted to transforming the lives and education of Maryland’s youth through the arts. It does this by partnering with more than 450 schools and community organizations throughout the state to provide hands-on arts learning experiences to nearly 170,000 students each year.
As the winner of Young Audiences’ state-wide Arts for Learning School Leadership Award, Willards was honored for incredible work to incorporate the arts into its students’ lives and the school community. The school’s leadership has shown its commitment to using the arts as a valuable tool in engaging students in learning in all subjects. The school partners with Young Audiences teaching artists for numerous programs, including performances, artist-in-residence programs, and arts-integrated professional development workshops for its teachers. Willards has shown its commitment to the greater community by creating opportunities for other local schools to learn about the power of the arts in education. By hosting a Young Audiences Maryland State Arts Council artist-in-residence grant-writing workshop for Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester county schools in the spring of 2014, this school helped make it possible for two other schools to have the chance to bring a MSAC/Young Audiences artist-in-residence to their students this year.
Comptroller’s Maryland Master Awards
Certificate of achievement for receiving the Comptroller’s Maryland Master Award to:
Sydney Berry, Fruitland Primary School
Cassidy Booth, who created her work while at Wicomico Middle School and is now at Wicomico High School
Shelby Long, Parkside High School
These student artists who created three of the outstanding pieces of artwork from the 2014 Superintendent’s Art Collection have been honored with a Maryland Master Award by Comptroller Peter Franchot. The Comptroller’s Maryland Master Award recognizes public school students from kindergarten through 12th grade who have displayed extraordinary artistic skills, reflecting the vision of Maryland’s future. Artwork by students honored with the Maryland Master Award will be displayed in the Comptroller’s office for two months to help showcase art education in Maryland schools. Congratulations to these award-winning student artists.
2014 Maryland Character Education Award
Certificate of recognition for receiving the Maryland Character Education Award for 2014 to:
North Salisbury Elementary School, represented by Principal Ruby Brown and Adrienne Jenkins, guidance counselor
Each school year, the Maryland State Department of Education recognizes schools for their outstanding leadership and programs which focus on character building. These exemplary character education schools must show evidence of values throughout the school, moral actions of students and adults, positive behavior programs, caring school communities, participation of families in school activities, positive self-motivation of students and staff, and inclusion of curriculum materials with values-embedded concepts. Schools receiving state recognition can also apply for the national character education award. North Salisbury Elementary received recognition as a 2014 Maryland Character Education School.
2014 Cyber Safety Poster Contest Winners
Certificate of recognition and a gift card to each of these winners in the Cyber Safety Poster Contest:
1st place: Bri’anna Davis, North Salisbury Elementary
2nd place: Lilly Webb, Northwestern Elementary
3rd place: Jasmin Mena, Pemberton Elementary
In October, some 1,100 Wicomico fourth-graders participated in the school system’s annual Cyber Safety Awareness Month. Students at each school attended a multimedia presentation by Hillary Wright, a local Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Safe and Secure Online Volunteer on the importance of being cyber safe. They took home information for their parents, and received a Be Cyber Safe wristband once they signed and returned the Pinky Pledge to be cyber safe. The fourth graders were also invited to participate in a Cyber Safety Poster Contest to reinforce the message of staying safe online. Winners received gift cards: $100 for the top winner, $50 for second and $25 for third.
New Faith-Based Partners for Schools
Certificate of recognition to the following faith-based organizations that have become partners of Wicomico schools since January 2013:
Bethesda United Methodist Church, paired with Wicomico Middle School
Christ United Methodist Church, paired with Bennett Middle School
Community Christian Church, paired with Pemberton Elementary
Rockawalkin United Methodist Church, paired with Pemberton Elementary
Providence Presbyterian Church, paired with Beaver Run Elementary School
Sonrise Church, paired with James M. Bennett High School and Willards Elementary School
Trinity United Methodist Church, paired with Choices Academy
Union United Methodist Church, paired with Fruitland Primary
More than 11 years ago, the school system was offered a wonderful opportunity by Salisbury’s Promise to match faith-based organizations with schools, providing another level of support for students, families, and staff. Salisbury’s Promise took responsibility for recruiting churches and faith-based organizations to be engaged in this partnership, and reached out to churches that were already working with schools. The Board of Education is appreciative of the many ways in which our schools benefit from this partnership. Churches and faith-based organizations offer free tutoring, funds for assemblies, support for drug use prevention and character development, gifts for teachers and their classrooms, mentors, additional hands at field days and school book fairs, and much more. Schools and the school system are thankful for all the churches and organizations that are going the extra mile to support the students, families, and staff of Wicomico County Public Schools.
Wicomico Executive’s Fitness Council Award of Excellence
Certificate of recognition for receiving the Award of Excellence from the Wicomico Executive’s Fitness Council to:
Zoey McKenzie, Mardela Middle School
The Wicomico Executive’s Fitness Council announced that McKenzie was a recipient of the council’s Award of Excellence in recognition of significant lifestyle change through nutrition and exercise. Working with the Healthy Us program for youth and parents, she learned about portion sizes, diabetes and more. Her dedication to making healthy lifestyle changes resulted in her losing more than 127 pounds over 19 months, and controlling both her diabetes and asthma. The Board congratulated her on both her strong commitment to healthy living and her success in that commitment.
Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs) Achievements for Marching Bands
Every fall the marching bands of the Wicomico County Public Schools participate in a series of field band competitions through the Tournament of Bands, one of the largest competitive band organizations in the country with more than 400 active schools and organizations. By finishing in the top 25 in the 9-state association, three Wicomico County bands qualified to compete at the Atlantic Coast Championships, known as ACCs.
Certificate of recognition to Mrs. Lillian Hoffman and the Wicomico High School Marching Band for a successful season and a 16th place Group 2A finish at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship. The Wicomico High School Marching Band presented the field show “Firebird” and received multiple awards for its efforts, including high music, drum major, and high auxiliary. Through band members’ dedication and the support of parents, administration and the community, their goal of competing in the ACCs was achieved. The band performed at ACCs Oct. 25th in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and finished the season on a high note: 16th with a score of 81.245 in competition with the best Group 2A bands in the region. This was the second time the Wicomico High School Band has competed at the ACCs since 2007, and all involved are very proud of their accomplishments.
Certificate of recognition to Mr. Douglas Miles and the James M. Bennett High Clipper Band for its 14th place finish and for being a Bronze Level finalist at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships on November 2nd in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In 2014 the James M. Bennett High School Marching Band presented the field show “Flight of the Griffin: The Music of Brian Balmages.” The JMB Band earned one 2nd Place Award and two 3rd Place Awards in Group 3 Open competition during the season. At Chapter IX (nine) Championships, the Band Finished 4th, with Specialty Awards for 3rd Place Music, 3rd Place Percussion and 2nd Place Drum Major. The JMB band earned a spot at ACCs as one of the top bands in the nine-state area. At the ACCs, the JMB Band & Guard was a Bronze Level Finalist, earning a score of 89.25 and 14th Place in Group 3 Open competition. Well done, Clippers!
Certificate of recognition to Mr. Kevin Zaczkiewicz and the Parkside High School Marching Rams for the band’s outstanding season, a 13th place finish and Bronze Level Finalist at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship in Hershey, Pennsylvania November 2nd. The Parkside Marching Rams presented the highly anticipated show “BATTLECHESS” in 2014. The band finished the regular season with one 2nd place finish and two 3rd place finishes. At Chapter IX Championships, the Band Finished 3rd, with Specialty Awards for 2nd Place Music, 3rd Place Visual, 3rd place color guard and 3rd Place Drum Major. The band competed in the Group 3 Open class at the Atlantic Coast Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania on November 2nd and gave a tremendous performance to achieve a score of 89.7 and a 13th place finish. Band members, staff and parents worked very hard to fulfill the show's potential from the heat of band camp in August through the cold winds of November, and can be proud of a job well done.
Awards from the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD)
Certificate of achievement to Grace Lamboni of Pinehurst Elementary for receiving the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award from the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Ms. Lamboni is an outstanding role model for her colleagues across the county. Learning takes place in her gymnasium every single day and she is always looking for new and innovative ideas through which to deliver her content. She has been described as ‘the perfect physical education teacher’ who is never afraid to step out of her comfort zone for the betterment of her students. This prestigious award is issued to physical education teachers who serve as a positive role model epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship, and sensitivity to the needs of all students. She utilizes various teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences, conducts a balanced and sequential curriculum, and assumes responsibility for her own professional growth.
Certificates of recognition for the three Wicomico winners of the Simon A. McNeely Honor Award from the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance:
Megan Block of Northwestern Elementary. She is a key member of the physical education community who frequently leads county-based professional development sessions, specifically on the infusion of technology into physical education. Ms. Block has presented at the MAHPERD convention for the past two years and is always looking for ways to ensure her instructional delivery is challenging and exciting for her students.
Dominic Flora of Wicomico Middle School. He possesses a wealth of experience, specifically in the area of athletic conditioning and training that he successfully adapts and implements into his lessons. Mr. Flora continually incorporates the latest exercising and training methods into his instructional delivery and ensures his students are experiencing cutting edge physical education.
Kory Shiles, physical education teacher and athletic director at Mardela Middle and High School. He successfully balances these roles and provides daily instruction of the highest quality. He diversified his instruction to accommodate a wide variety of students and simultaneously ensures that all athletic responsibilities are carried out on a daily basis. Mr. Shiles works collaboratively with his colleagues, and has a genuine ability to build a great rapport with all students.
Wendy’s High School Heisman Award
Wicomico County is proud of the outstanding seniors who were recognized in the 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award contest. The Wendy’s High School Heisman program runs in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, and celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. To be eligible for this award, students must display academic aptitude, athletic talent and exceptional commitment to their communities.
Certificates of achievement to three Wicomico students who were school winners and state finalists for the 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award:
Alexandra O’Leary, James M. Bennett High School
Kai Johnson, Mardela High School
Nikolas Forbush, Parkside High School
Certificates of recognition to these Wicomico school winners in the 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award contest:
Daniel Gregory, James M. Bennett High School
Samantha Pope, Mardela High School
Morgan McAllister, Parkside High School
Brett Miles and Aspen Coady, Wicomico High School
Presentation at the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue and Global Youth Institute of The World Food Prize
Certificate of achievement to Brian Colliton, Parkside High School and a student in the Horticulture Program of the Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education, who presented research on Education and Extension Practices in Ghana at the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue and Global Youth Institute of The World Food Prize. He had conducted research on Education and Extension Practices in Ghana and was accepted to present his findings at this international 2014 World Food Prize Summit. It was an incredible opportunity for a student of Parkside CTE and his instructor, Jerry Kelley, to participate in meetings and discussions with world leaders, educators and students from around the world as they pondered the question, “How are we going to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050?” Colliton was applauded for his research and offered invaluable feedback from experts in the field for continuing his research.
The Parkside World Food Prize team brought home many memorable experiences, including talking with teachers and students from around the world, becoming sister chapter with an Iowa Future Farmers of America chapter, seeing the presentation of the World Food Prize to eminent plant scientist Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, meeting World Food Prize Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and national Future Farmers of America Director Kent Schescke. Parkside CTE’s Horticulture Program was given a challenge to pursue pollinator research, ensuring that this incredible learning experience will continue for months and years to come.
Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards
At the end of each challenging, college-level AP (Advanced Placement) course, students have the option to take an exam on which high marks may earn them college credit and AP Scholar recognition for success on these exams. Wicomico County is proud to have had 52 AP Scholars, 15 AP Scholars with Honor, and 22 AP Scholars with Distinction in Wicomico County Public Schools in 2014. Many of these AP Scholars graduated in 2014, and on Nov. 18 the Board recognized AP Scholars who are current Wicomico students.
AP Scholars with Distinction are recognized with certificates of achievement for receiving an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken AND grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams:
James M. Bennett High School: Kieran Murphy, Spencer Tilghman, Matthew Houlihan
Parkside High School: Daniel Sullivan
Wicomico High School: Ian Hastings, Sang Oh
AP Scholars with Honor are recognized with certificates of achievement for receiving an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, AND grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams:
James M. Bennett High School: Rose Adelizzi, Dylan Ardis, Jacob Erskine, Evan Halloran
Mardela High School: Payton Hynson
Parkside High School: Sarah Stuchlik
Wicomico High School: Rebecca Bizzarri, Darian Mullikin
Certificates of recognition to AP Scholars for receiving grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams:
Mardela High School: Kai Johnson
James M. Bennett High School: Arjun Agarwal, Colin B. Autrey, Bonnie Bloxom, Joseph Cinderella, Kareem Daneshpour, Evelyn Fardelmann, Harrison Frey, Tehzeeb Hassan, Michael Li, Madeleine Peters, Derek Scott, Alice Treuth, Amy Vennos
Parkside High School: Brandon Camarena, Kelly Deehan, Ethan Hall, Ryan Shannahan, Emily Thaw, Emily Todd, Kelly Travitz, Haley Wolfersberger, Humza Yaya
Wicomico High School: Miguel Bautista, Hah Eun “Grace” Kim, Brett Miles, Mario Rambissoon