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Congratulations to the Many Honorees from the May 2nd Awards & Recognitions Night

Congratulations to the many honorees from the May 2, 2019 Awards & Recognitions Night for the 2018-2019 school year!


Young Authors Contest Top Regional and State Winners

Each year public and private school students in grades 2 through 12 are invited to enter poetry and short stories in the Young Authors’ Contest. A panel of judges selects the winners. All finalists were honored in a ceremony at Salisbury University in March.

Certificates of achievement for two students who placed 1st in the regional contest and were also winners in the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council Young Authors’ Contest:

Grade 4 Short Story: Carley Malone, North Salisbury Elementary. Carley’s story placed 2nd at the state level.

Grade 9 Short Story: Rosy Gao, James M. Bennett High. Rosy’s story placed 2nd at the state level.

Certificates of recognition to these 1st Place winners in the Eastern Shore Literacy Association’s Young Authors’ Contest:

Grade 2 Poetry: Bre’ara Thompson, Glen Avenue Elementary

Grade 4 Poetry: Peyton Davis, North Salisbury Elementary

Grade 6 Poetry: Diva Shrestha, Salisbury Middle

Grade 6 Short Story: Ava Baer, Mardela Middle

Grade 10 Short Story: Sophia Smith, James M. Bennett High

Grade 11 Short Story: Ted Hirsch, James M. Bennett High


2019-2020 Wicomico Teacher of the Year

Special presentations for the 2019-2020 Wicomico Teacher of the Year, Shane Morton of Delmar Elementary School. She was named Teacher of the Year on March 28th, and throughout the next year will represent her school, our school system, and more than 1,250 Wicomico teachers in the Maryland Teacher of the Year Recognition Program. The Board of Education presented her with an engraved apple, and she also took home a new laptop donated to the Teacher of the Year by DataNetworks.

Mrs. Morton is a Prekindergarten teacher in her 23rd year with Wicomico County Public Schools and chairs the Instructional Leadership Team at Delmar Elementary. She strives to provide an engaging and inclusive curriculum for her Prekindergarten students and families, and enjoys working with young people from age 4 up through college, as a teacher and mentor. Her platform as Teacher of the Year is R.I.C.E.: Recruitment, Inclusion, Community Partnerships, and Engagement.


2019 Maryland State Geographic Bee

Certificate of recognition for qualifying for the 2019 Maryland State Geographic Bee, an affiliate for the National Geographic Bee, to Jayden Joseph of Salisbury Middle. He emerged as a school winner in head-to-head competition with classmates, then scored high enough on another written test to qualify as one of the 100 finalists from across the state eligible to compete in the 2019 Maryland State Geographic Bee. This sixth-grader was the only qualifier from Wicomico County this year, and one of just two from the Eastern Shore.


Maryland General Assembly Page Program

Certificate of achievement to Breanna Soldatelli of Mardela High who represented Wicomico County in Annapolis as a 2019 Maryland General Assembly student page in the Senate. Each year, some 120 student pages and 36 alternates are selected by local school systems to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Page Program. In Wicomico County, a panel interviews page applicants who are well-qualified, motivated, and interested in government and politics. The program provides students with valuable, hands-on experience for two non-consecutive weeks into the day-to-day workings of the legislative process in either the Maryland House of Delegates or the state Senate.


Youth Environmental Action Summit

While most students were enjoying a day off on the April 5th professional day, dozens of students spent hours at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art at the first Youth Environmental Action Summit. Lower Shore students had prepared for the summit for weeks by creating their own environmental action projects, with the summit providing the chance to view each other’s work and learn from experts in climate science and environmental advocacy. Many Wicomico students and educators were standouts at the summit.

Certificates of achievement for the teams whose projects were named grand prize winners:

For the elementary grand prize project, which received $1,200 in funding:

Pinehurst’s Panther Community Garden: Dash Alder, Jack Bowne, Heaven Corbin, Melina Davis, Anna Hagerman, Brady Hagerman, Elizabeth Martinez-Perez, Josie Sharp, with support from Pinehurst teacher Kirby Nerud.

For the high school grand prize project, which received $1,000 in funding:

Parkside High Rooftop Garden Initiative at Roadie Joe’s: Sarah Forrestal and Anna Smith, with support from Parkside science teacher John Reichenberg.

Two students distinguished themselves as leaders on the steering committee for the Youth Environmental Action Summit, and received $1,000 scholarships. Certificates of recognition to James M. Bennett High seniors Merland Orneus and Londyn Wiggins for their leadership.

Certificates of recognition for two educators who received mentor honors at the Youth Environmental Action Summit:

Outstanding Mentor: YEAS Youth Voice Award to Dr. Chad Pavlekovich, Salisbury Middle

Outstanding Mentor & Leadership on YEA Summit Steering Committee: Ms. Hemalatha Bhaskaran, James M. Bennett High


2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee/UMES Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Bee

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore sponsors a regional spelling bee for students in grades 4-8 in Lower Shore public and private schools. Wicomico is proud to have its students participate in this opportunity to build spelling skills and to demonstrate their spelling prowess at the classroom, school, regional and even national level. The 2019 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee was held at UMES March 2nd with 25 competitors who stepped to the microphone to spell during many rounds of competition.

Certificate of achievement for Austin Loar, the 2019 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee champion and a 6th-Grade student at Salisbury Middle. The spelling bee champion won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee later this month.


Maryland Music Educators Association 2019 Outstanding Career Music Teacher Award

Certificate of recognition and congratulations for outstanding Wicomico music educator Mrs. Sarah Burton. She was honored by the Maryland Music Educators Association April 13th with a 2019 Maryland Career Music Teacher Award. Mrs. Burton has been teaching in Wicomico Schools since September 1991, and currently directs the orchestras at James M. Bennett High, Parkside High and Bennett Middle, and teaches strings at North Salisbury Elementary.

She is practically the mother of the music program in Wicomico County. Two of her daughters are music teachers and her husband is an elementary instrumental teacher. She helped start and grow the string program, as well as the ESODA District Solo and Ensemble Festival, District Festival, and All Shore Orchestra. In the words of one parent who wrote a letter of support: “We have witnessed firsthand Mrs. Burton giving wings to her students’ minds, flight to their imaginations, and as they bring music home and out into the world, she is helping give a soul to the universe. She is most deserving of this award.”


NAMM Foundation Best Communities for Music Education

Best Communities for Music Education certificate presented to Dr. Jeffrey Baer, Supervisor of Fine Arts, on behalf of all of our music educators, for Wicomico County Public Schools being named one of the Best Communities for Music Education. The annual Best Communities for Music Education survey by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation spotlights 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 has been honored for the 10th time in the past 13 years, and for the eighth consecutive year. This recognition represents the excellence of our music educators and music education curriculum, both of which support the excellence of our students.


2018-2019 Wicomico County Math League

The Wicomico County Math League is a competition that tests the math and problem-solving skills of students. Top school scorers receive a medallion and top district performers receive a trophy. There is a large school trophy for the highest scoring team in each league.


Middle School Math League


Top scorers for each school:

Bennett Middle: Bryan Wang

Mardela Middle: Logan Bails

Salisbury Middle: John Koch

Wicomico Middle: Navti Enokpa


Top Scorers in the County:

1st Place: Bryan Wang, Bennett Middle

2nd Place: John Koch, Salisbury Middle

3rd Place: Logan Bails, Mardela Middle


School trophy presented to the Salisbury Middle School math team coached by Mr. Michael Minner.


High School Junior Varsity


Top scorers for each school:


James M. Bennett High: Ryan Selser

Mardela High: Madison Carew

Parkside High: Anubhav Dixit

Wicomico High: Paul Yang


Top scorers in the county:


1st Place: Paul Yang, Wicomico High

2nd Place: Ava Bautista, Wicomico High

3rd Place: Ryan Selser, James M. Bennett High


JV school trophy presented to the Wicomico High JV team coached by Ms. Stephanie Bryan.


High School Varsity


Top scorers for each school:


James M. Bennett High: Rosy Gao

Mardela High: Logan Marvel

Parkside High: Lauren Bradford

Wicomico High: Aysha Ahmed


Top scorers in the county:


1st Place: Aysha Ahmed, Wicomico High

2nd Place: Wethny Antoine, Wicomico High

3rd Place: Rosy Gao, James M. Bennett High


Varsity school trophy presented to the Wicomico High Varsity team coached by Ms. Alaina Vickers.


Mathematics Competitions

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests as individuals and team members. This year, one Wicomico student qualified individually to compete in the state competition at Johns Hopkins University. Certificate of recognition for Logan Bails of Mardela Middle for qualifying individually for the 2019 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series at the state level.

Salisbury University’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department’s 35th annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition was sponsored by The Klein G. and Mary Lee Leister Foundation and Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company. This competition tests the math and problem-solving skills of students in team and individual events. Certificates presented to the Wicomico students who were winners in the November 2018 Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition:

1st Place Individual: Marvin Li, James M. Bennett High

3rd Place team, James M. Bennett High: Michael Avanessian, Marvin Li, Alexander Patterson, Rachel Ludke-Jones, coach

In November, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department of Mathematics and Computer Science hosted students from four high schools for the Mid-Atlantic Mathematics Competition. Winners were named in individual and group competition. Certificates presented to winning individuals and team:

Individual competition:

2nd Place: Bryan SebaRaj, James M. Bennett High

2nd Place: Ed-Lamarr Petion, Wicomico High

3rd Place: Patrick SebaRaj, James M. Bennett High

1st Place team: James M. Bennett High. Ryan Duvall, Goutham Korada, Patrick SebaRaj, Yeongju Lee, Bryan SebaRaj, Lauren Illa. Madison Synowiec, Kyong “Josh” Kwak, Robin Acton, coach

The University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition for high school students from Maryland and the District of Columbia provides students stimulation, feedback and the opportunity for achievement and scholarships. Two students from James M. Bennett High excelled on this year’s exam.

Certificate of recognition for scoring in the top 10% in the state on the University of Maryland Mathematics Competition for Michael Avanessian.

Certificate of achievement for Honorable Mention, top 2% in state in the University of Maryland Mathematics Competition for Marvin Li.

This year some of our middle and high school students challenged themselves in the AMC 8, AMC 10 and AMC 12 American Mathematics Competitions. Certificates of recognition for:

Bryan Wang, Bennett Middle, AMC 8, Highest Score in Wicomico County

Michael Avanessian, James M. Bennett High, AMC 12, Winner

Marvin Li, James M. Bennett High, AMC 10: Winner and Qualifier for AIME (American Individual Mathematics Examination)


Optimist Oratorical Contest

Since 1928, the Optimist Oratorical Contest sponsored by Optimist International has given young people the chance to develop their own views around a central idea. This year that idea was, “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?” We are grateful to the Salisbury Optimist Club for providing this public speaking opportunity. Certificates of recognition for the two students who were the top winners in the county contest and represented Wicomico County at the zone level:

Owen Black, James M. Bennett High, 1st Place county

Sophia Peters, James M. Bennett High, 2nd Place county


NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Certificate of recognition to Lauren Illa of James M. Bennett High whose skill and interest in computing have been noticed on a national level, as a 2019 Maryland Affiliate Rising Star for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the only national nonprofit focused on women’s participation in computing, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women in grades 9-12 who are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.


Eastern Shore Decatur Academic Invitational

On March 8th the annual Eastern Shore Decatur Academic Invitational was held at Wor-Wic Community College, with academic teams from area high schools competing. Congratulations and certificates of achievement to the 1st Place team, the Wicomico High School Academic Team:

Ariana Urbano, William Faulkner, Cade Stone, Camden Nguyen, Daniel Davis, Ryan Chandler, Gia Bautista, Millicent Kihiuria, Aaliyah Loftland, Manager, Amy Smith, Advisor


National Exemplary Initiative Award from the National Council for the Study of Community Colleges

The Transitional Youth Program for 18- to 21-year-old students served by Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset County school systems in partnership with Wor-Wic Community College received the only National Exemplary Initiative Award at the annual Council for the Study of Community Colleges in San Diego on March 30th. More than 300 community college representatives from across the United States saw the program highlighted with a video and description of its extraordinary results.

This program was recognized for its extraordinary opportunity for student access for all, persistence and completion rates for diverse populations. Our students are meaningfully engaged in academic instruction, technical instruction, certificate credentialing completions, internships and employment opportunities due to the exemplary instruction and supports by the college and local boards of education. We’ve had 106 students complete the program offerings with a 93% pass rate over the past five years. Program offerings continue to grow based upon community and workforce needs and the classes offered by the college and school districts.

Recognition for these partners and the Award of Excellence they have received:

From Wor-Wic Community College: Dr. Ray Hoy, President; Dr. Kristen Mallory, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Ms. Ruth Baker, Dean of Continuing Education; Ms. Kerry Cleaver, Director of Transition Program; Ms. Kristina Toadvine, Director of Continuing Education

From Wicomico County Public Schools: Ms. Bonnie Walston, Director of Special Education; Ms. Barbara Bell, Secondary Transition Specialist; Mr. Jeremy Wolfer, Transition Special Education teacher

From Worcester County Public Schools: Ms. Rae Record, Supervisor of Special Education; Mr. Matt Elburn, Secondary Special Education Specialist

From Somerset County Public Schools: Ms. Cheryl O’Neal, Supervisor of Special Education; Mrs. Ms. Cindy Taylor, Secondary Transition Coordinator


Achievement on AP U.S. History Exam

Many students take the Advanced Placement or AP exams in May, working hard to do their best to show mastery of content and to earn the chance at college credit from the exams. Certificate of achievement celebrating the outstanding AP exam performance by Marvin Li, James M. Bennett High. On the May 2018 AP U.S. History exam, then freshman Marvin earned the highest possible score of 5. His score on that exam and two others earned him AP Scholar status very early in his high school years. Then, earlier this spring, Marvin received a letter from The College Board informing him that his AP U.S. History score was not only great, it was 1 of just 16 perfect scores in the world. That put him among just .003 percent of the exam takers to earn every possible point. We join his teacher, Mr. Garrett Magaha, his school, and his family in saying how proud we are of his commitment to academic excellence.


2019 Jefferson Award/Nominee for National Award for Outstanding Public Service

Many wonderful people work in Wicomico County Public Schools on behalf of students and families, and here’s proof in the form of a very prestigious community award for longtime Wicomico educator Dr. Harlan Eagle. The Jefferson Awards for Public Service are a national recognition system honoring community and public service. WBOC TV, with support from Nanticoke Health Services, is the local partner of the Jefferson Awards. The station surprises 10 nominated people each year for quietly providing extraordinary public service. Dr. Eagle was not only a local Jefferson Award winner, but was also selected to continue to the national level of competition as a nominee for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Local Community. Five nominees will be selected as Onassis Award winners at the national ceremony, to be held in Washington, D.C. this June with Dr. Eagle and other Jefferson Award winners from around the country.

Years ago, Dr. Eagle began pouring his heart into the healing power of fitness. He started the Tim Kennard River Run and eRace the Stigma 5K, which are all about mental health and supporting people with mental illness. He launched the Beyond the Limits ropes course for students and the community, and founded Horizons of Salisbury, a summer program that helps children from low-income families work on their reading and math skills. He also gives his best every day to the students of West Salisbury Elementary, where he teaches Physical Education.


Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

Certificate of achievement for his appointment to the Class of 2023 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis to Cade Trauger, James M. Bennett High. He was also presented with his official appointment certificate by U.S. Naval Academy Liaison Officer Commander (USNR Retired) Chris Cikanovich.

Each year around 14,000 seniors apply to the Naval Academy, and about 11,000 meet the qualifications. Some 5,000 seniors are nominated for an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis by a federal elected official, and only about 1,100 applicants are selected. The Naval Academy educates midshipmen and graduates officers of exemplary character who serve their country for five years upon completion of their education. The value of this appointment is in the area of $300,000, though the experience is truly priceless.


2018-2019 Milestones in Athletics

In athletics, success is often marked in the won/loss record or personal best time for the team or athlete. Sometimes it is also measured by individual achievement. Celebrating athletes and a coach who reached individual milestones in athletics during the 2018-2019 school year:


100 career wins in wrestling:

Michael Daugherty, Parkside High

Patrick Hugues, James M. Bennett High


1,000 career points in basketball:

Jaden Baker, Wicomico High

Armani Banks, Mardela High

Zy’Aire “Peanut” Smullen, James M. Bennett High

Dorian Stevens, Wicomico High

Jacqueline Wright, Parkside High


200 victories as a coach:

Willie Downing, Wicomico High Girls Basketball Coach


2019 VEX Worlds Robotics Competition

It was another successful year for the VEX teams of the Wicomico County Robotics Club. All five teams reached the finals of the March 9th Delmarva Championship, and teams 3389C and 3389E won as alliance partners to earn an invitation to the VEX World Championships held in Louisville, Ky. in late April. The two teams competed with fellow robotics enthusiasts from around the world.  Team 3389C finished with a ranking of 64th in the Math Division. Team 3389E finished with a ranking of 84th in the Science Division.

Certificates of achievement for:

VEX Team 3389C: Michael Klos, Mardela High; Ava Pavese, home schooled; Tristan Pavese, home schooled; Miyona Whaley, Parkside High; Hannah Park, James M. Bennett High

VEX Team 3389E: Corey Phillips, Mardela High; Goutham Korada, James M. Bennett High; Brian SebaRaj, James M. Bennett High; Jeffrey Wyatt Donoway, Parkside High; Samantha Glenn, Parkside High

Certificates of recognition for the mentors who supported the VEX teams of the Wicomico County Robotics Club: David Miles, John Glenn, Thomas Mader, Melissa Mader, Jenny Miles


Maryland/National FBLA

This spring the James M. Bennett High FBLA competed at the State Leadership Conference. All of the JMB teams placed in the top 10 in their events, and a two-person team’s 3rd Place finish earned them a spot at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio in June. Certificates of achievement for finishing 3rd in Social Media Campaign and qualifying for nationals for Gabby Deal and Leila Tajvar.

Boy Scout Eagle Award/Girl Scout Gold Award

The Board recognizes young men and women from Wicomico County Public Schools who have earned the Boy Scouts Eagle Award and Girl Scout Gold Award during the past year. These awards are the very highest awards that a Scout can earn, an honor these Scouts will hold proudly for the rest of their lives.


Boy Scout Eagle Award

The 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 less than 5 percent of those joining a Boy Scouts of America troop earn the award. Certificates of achievement to current Wicomico County students who have earned the Eagle Award in the past year:

James M. Bennett High: Jake Baranowski, Ryan Duvall

Mardela High: Dustin Hurley, Samuel Balcerak

Wicomico High: Caleb Mason

Congratulations to 2018 graduates who earned the Eagle Award since last summer and are now in college: Dirk Fardelmann, Adib Adnan, Wyatt Duncan of James M. Bennett High, and Lindy Davis Jr. of Parkside


Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls, and like the Eagle Award it is the highest award a Girl Scout can attain. The challenge of earning a Gold Award is an opportunity available to all Girl Scouts toward the end of their journey in Scouting, but it is an award only about 5 percent earn. Gold Award Girl Scouts are inspiring leaders who work on a broad range of the most challenging problems facing our world today, matching their passion for service with the needs they see in the community and the world. This year there was one Girl Scout Gold Award recipient in our area: Alison Sahler, 2018 graduate of James M. Bennett High.


Outstanding Service to Community: Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy

The Wicomico High School chapter of the National Honor Society stepped up to provide outstanding volunteer support for a community event: the Tooth Fairy Follies, a fundraiser for the Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy dental clinic. Every two years the massive Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy clinic provides free walk-in dental care for some 1,200 people, and it takes a lot of resources to make it happen. Some of those resources in 2019 came from the Tooth Fairy Follies. These National Honor Society members helped throughout the Follies by greeting guests, clearing tables, handing out prizes, and doing anything that was asked of them. We’re happy to endorse the gratitude of the Tooth Fairy Follies committee with certificates of recognition for:

Chandra Copes, a leader in bringing out the NHS students, Wethny Antoinem, Brendy Hairston, Maryum Khwaja, Aaliyah Lofland, Bianca Sweeney, Ralesi’a Whittington


Maryland State Bar Association Mock Trial Competition

In Mock Trial, teams compete in a courtroom-style format to simulate a real trial. Just as in real cases there are winners and losers, and the Mock Trial team from James M. Bennett High has consistently proven itself to be a winner. In 2018-2019 competition, the JMB team was the undefeated Eastern Shore Circuit Champ and earned a spot in Regionals for the ninth straight year. At that point JMB was in the Elite Eight of 149 schools competing in Mock Trial. The team bested its regional opponent to advance to the Maryland State Bar Association’s Semifinals for the second straight year. The season ended with a tie-breaker loss to the semifinal opponent. Certificates of recognition for once again reaching the state Final Four in Mock Trial for:

Alyssa Berry, David Choi, Noah Hornstein, Brandon Konlian, Goutham Korada, Josie Kostelac, Maggie Malone, Katie Mitchell, Saige Oechsli, Matthew Phillips, Aman Shahzad, Landon Stauffer, Trinity Weaver, Phil Portier, coach


Better Delmarva Award

Certificate of recognition and congratulations to Board of Education member Allen C. Brown Sr. for being the May 2019 recipient of the Mountaire Farms/47 ABC Better Delmarva Award. A Wicomico County native and graduate of Salisbury High School, Mr. Brown enjoyed a 40-year career in Wicomico County Public Schools as an educator and administrator, retiring as Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. He has remained very active in the community. Here are just some of his activities: Wicomico County Personnel Board, the Recreation Commission, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Community Foundation Eastern Shore, Salisbury Urban Ministries, Hazel Farm Property Foundation, John B. Parsons Home, and the Donnie Williams Foundation. He is a past president and a committed member of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, and among his many Rotary activities is leading the annual distribution of dictionaries to all Wicomico students in one grade level. That project has put dictionaries in thousands and thousands of young hands. As his nominator said, “He is a first-class guy who has for decades helped make Delmarva a better place to live.”


2019 SkillsUSA Maryland State Championships

The annual SkillsUSA Maryland State Championships showcase Maryland’s best and brightest career and technology education students as they compete for medals, prizes, scholarships, state recognition, and the chance to advance to the national competition. Wicomico County SkillsUSA students made an excellent showing at the April SkillsUSA Maryland State Championships, placing 11 students in the top three of a number of skill contests.

Three of those winners are going on to compete at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Certificates of achievement for Wicomico County’s three 1st-Place winners and gold medalists in the SkillsUSA Maryland State Championships:

Evan Horwat, Parkside High, CNC Technician, second time to nationals

Adam Hanes, Parkside High, CNC Turning Specialist, second time to nationals

Destin Ames, Parkside High, CNC Milling Specialist, third trip to nationals


Certificates of recognition to the students who won silver or bronze medals:


2nd Place silver medalists:

Austin Dalfonso, Parkside High, CNC Milling Specialist

Evan Lombardo, Parkside High, CNC Turning Specialist

Mark Nay, Wicomico High, Information Technology Services

Somie Shin, Parkside High, Architectural Drafting

Welding Fabrication Team: Clay Cox, Mardela High, Brenden Parsons, Wicomico High, and Scott Sier Mardela High


3rd Place bronze medalist:

Matthew Taylor, Mardela High, HVAC


2019 Carson Scholars

Each year, the Carson Scholars Fund recognizes a select group of high-achieving students from around the country in Grades 4 through 12 who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. Seven students from Wicomico Schools were honored as new or renewed Carson Scholars this year. New Carson Scholars receive a $1,000 college scholarship, funded by the world-renowned John Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, and his wife, Candy Carson.

Certificate of achievement to this new 2019 Carson Scholar from James M. Bennett High School: Alex Sewell, 11th Grade

Certificates of recognition to these renewed Carson Scholars:

Zoey DiPasqua, 9th Grade, Mardela High, 2nd time

Danielle Edwards, 11th Grade, Parkside High, 4th time

Riley Forrestal, 8th Grade, Bennett Middle, 4th time

Gia Bautista, 12th Grade, Wicomico High, 5th time

Jaime Miller-Vail, 12th Grade, Parkside High, 5th time

Anna Long, 11th Grade, James M. Bennett High, 7th time


WBOC/Mountaire Farms Scholar Athletes

WBOC and Mountaire Farms highlight outstanding high school students by naming a Scholar Athlete each month. Two of our students received this recognition during the 2018-2019 school year for their work on the field and in the classroom. Certificates of recognition for these two seniors who were named WBOC/Mountaire Farms Scholar Athletes:

Maura Mears, Parkside High, September 2018. Maura plays Varsity Field Hockey, Unified Strength and Conditioning, and Varsity Lacrosse.

Braden Glushakow, James M. Bennett High, March 2019. Braden plays Varsity Football and Varsity Lacrosse. He was one of JMB’s two Bayside Scholar Athletes this year.


Maryland Science Olympiad State Tournament

The James M. Bennett High School STEM Club is a group of dedicated students who work hard as a team to prepare for regional and state competitions. In the regional competition against 62 teams in 24 events, the team had 16 top 6 finishes including three 1st Place victories. The club qualified for the Maryland Science Olympiad State Tournament held March 30th at Johns Hopkins University. Certificates of recognition for competing in the Maryland Science Olympiad for:

Bryan SebaRaj, Savannah Scott, Rebecca Lassey, Eun-Ha Yim, Lauren Illa, Goutham Korada, Anna Palenchar, Xavier Creel, Maya Matava, Katie Moisan, Wyatt Palenchar, YeongJu Lee, Josh Kwak, Matt Selser

These STEM Team members are also recognized for placing 5th in the Circuit Lab event at the State Tournament: Ryan Duvall and Patrick SebaRaj.


Unified Bocce State Championships Gold

Wicomico 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, strength and conditioning, and bocce.

JMB Team 3 won its division at Bocce Regionals to advance to the state competition. Playing against Unified Outdoor Bocce teams from around the state, the team from James M. Bennett High competed in the Unified Bocce State Championships at Washington College on April 30th, and brought home the gold medal in its division. Certificates of achievement for these gold medal-winning JMB Team 3 members:

Ben Canada, Tony Chen, Tavon Cyr-Townsend, Cameron Hill, Ella Floyd, Courtney Mazzarone, Coach