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Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, Carroll County Board of Education, and Prince Georges County Board of Education; School Systems

Nominated by MSDE


- Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, Carroll County’s Board of Education, and Prince Georges County’s Board of Education received Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting in 2004 from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).


Baltimore County Public Schools

Nominated by Gail V. Tucker, MSDE


- Baltimore County led the statewide Black Saga competition – winning six of the top 10 rankings.  Rodgers Forge Elementary School in Towson placed first; followed in second place by Warren Elementary School in Cockeysville; third place by Westchester Elementary School in Catonsville; and fourth place squad from Cromwell Valley Elementary School in Towson.  In the middle school division, Sudbrook Middle Magnet in Pikesville placed third; followed in fourth place by Franklin Middle School in Reisterstown.  The academic competition, founded by Dr. Charles Christian, challenges students to answer more than 800 questions about Black history.


Carroll County Students

2007 Carson Scholars Fund Award Recipients

Carroll County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- Ten Carroll County public schools students were honored at the 2007 Carson Scholars Fund 11th Annual Awards Banquet.  The Carson Scholars Fund Inc. is a nonprofit charity founded in 1994 by Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, to recognize students in grades 4-11 for outstanding academic achievement.  Students were presented with a certificate and personalized medal; their school received a trophy listing all of its Carson Scholars.  The winners included:


Brittani Armstrong, Taneytown Elementary School

Leah Blight and Elizabeth Welliver, East Middle School

Samantha Brehm, Northwest Middle School

Alex Fiore and Stacey Heaver, West Middle School

Deborah Mullen, Mount Airy Middle School

Kelsey Stansbury, North Carroll Middle School

Lauren Williams, Oklahoma Road Middle School

Laura Wonilowicz, Cranberry Station Elementary School


Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) Winners

Maryland Public Schools System

Nominated by MSDE


- The Parent Involvement Matters Award is the first state-wide award program of its kind in the nation. The award program recognizes parents, guardians, and parent groups for their exceptional work in support of Maryland public education. Parents from across the state were nominated for demonstrating significant, positive impacts on public education in their communities. The twenty-three local winners are:


Larry Walker, State Winner, Howard County

Erin Delong, Allegany County

Lisa Eliot, Anne Arundel County

Susana Barrios, Baltimore City

Judy Jefferson-LaFlame, Baltimore County

Eileen Hudson, Calvert County

Kelli Nelson, Carroll County

Jesse Cloud, Cecil County

Shellee Stine, Charles County

Michelle Nichols, Dorchester County

Kathy Meagher, Frederick County

Crellin Corps of Discovery Parent Group, Garrett County

Susan Rattman, Harford County

Robert Ortiz, Kent County

Ralph Nelson, Montgomery County

Annette Jackson-Jolly, Prince George’s County

Karen Catron, Queen Anne’s County

Lynne Cullins, St. Mary’s County

Stephanie Kayhan, Somerset County

Molly Groton, Talbot County

Kristy Sollenberger, Washington County

Kathy Sterling, Wicomico County

Gary Williams, Worcester County


FCPS Community Agency School Services
Frederick County Public Schools
Nominated by Dr. Linda Burgee, Frederick County Schools Superintendent

- The FCPS Community Agency School Services program ranks first in the nation, winning the 2004 National Civic Star Award for successful school-community partnerships committed to increasing student achievement through strengthening families and building stronger communities. Located in each school feeder community, CASS is a collaborative outreach program that provides confidential support to families of children from birth to 18 years of age to ensure student achievement through access to needed services.

Frederick County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- Frederick County area schools announced their “Outstanding Scholar” Award recipients for 2007.  The award recipients maintained a 3.5 academic average and demonstrated commitment to excellence, both academic and personal, including service, character and leadership.  They include - David Wayne Canada, Jr., a senior, and Kimberly Marie Davison, a junior, at Frederick High School; Konstantinos Kostas Loukos, a senior, and Jennifer Grace Pinciotti, a junior, at Governor Thomas Johnson High School.


Harford County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- Harford County Public Schools received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for high quality preparation of their 2004 budget.

Hearing Impaired Program Specialists
Baltimore City Public Schools, Audiologists
Nominated by Fran Angert, Gwynns Falls Elementary Teacher
- The hearing-impaired program staff at Gwynns Falls Elementary goes above and beyond the challenges of their jobs and the extremely limited technology at their school to provide the best for their students. A supportive relationship between regular education teachers and the principal make the program a success and allow educators to mainstream hearing-impaired children quickly.

2007 Howard County Mathematics, Science and Technology Fair

Howard County Public Schools Nominated by MSDE


- More than 450 middle and high school students in Howard County competed at The Mathematics, Science and Technology Fair.  The winners included:  Sarah Morrison, Atholton High School for Best Overall Mentored Project High School; Julia Thumel and Vincent Giannandrea, Wilde Lake High School for Best Overall Non-Mentored Project High School; Rushi Talati, River Hill High School for Dr. Lee Summerville Scholarship Award; Ashley Earp, Murray Hill Middle School, and Ben Eve, Hammond Middle School for Best Overall Middle School.


13 High School Teachers Lauded

Howard County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- Thirteen high school teachers in Howard County were recognized at the school system’s 2007 Outstanding Teacher Award luncheon. The teachers were chosen by each school’s senior class, and are selected for their ability to exemplify the school system’s goals that each student meets/exceeds rigorous performance standards.  The educators include:  Nena Davis, English teacher, Atholton High; John Costantini, English teacher, Centennial High; Lawrence Glaser, Math teacher, Glenelg High; Ben Grabenstein, Sociology teacher, Hammond High; James Burrows, English teacher, Howard High; Heather Johnston, English teacher, Long Reach High; Franco Aiello, Math teacher, Mount Hebron High; Jessica Palumbo, English teacher, Oakland Mills High; Kelley Thomas, English teacher, Reservoir High; Roger Demaree, Math teacher, River Hill High; Betsy Fetchko, English teacher at Wilde Lake High; Robin Grey, English teacher, Marriotts Ridge High; and Clarice Custer, Homewood Center.


2006 Howard County Public Schools, Mathematics, Science and Technology Fair Awards

Nominated by MSDE


Middle School


Shimadzu Award – Outstanding School Fair

Elkridge Landing Middle School


Best Overall Middle School Project

Julia Thumel, Dunloggin Middle



Category Awards


Biological Sciences

-          Animal Biology

Best Project

Sean Haggerty, Folly Quarter Middle



Laurie McSweeney, Wilde Lake Middle


-          Behavioral and Social Sciences

Best Project

Sabastian Szollos, Harper’s Choice Middle



Shana Mansbach, Clarksville Middle

Andre Morales, Folly Quarter Middle


-          Microbiology

Best Project

Young Hye Hahm, Mount View Middle



Malie Lockard, Glenwood Middle


-          Plant Biology

Best Project

Vincent Giannandrea, Dunloggin Middle



Sohrab Hajarian, Dunloggin Middle


-          Chemistry

Best Project

Christina Wu, Ellicott Mills Middle



Cara Fisher


-          Earth and Space Sciences

Best Project

Dami Faleti, Jarek Milaukas, Akash Patel, Elkridge Landing



Jared Goulette, Mayfield Woods Middle


-          Engineering

Best Project

Victoria Shepard, Dunloggin Middle


Runner-Up (Computer Science, 2nd)

Anupama Badami, Ellicott Mills Middle


Runner-Up (Technology, 2nd)

Geoff Gezik, Oakland Mills Middle


-          Environmental Science

Best Project

Julian Griggs, Elkridge Landing Middle



Rebecca Gagnon, Ellicott Mills Middle


-          Physics

Best Project

Konrad Petre, Clarksville Middle



Grant Demaree, Glenwood Middle


Blue Ribbons of Excellence


Amina Alam (EMMS)                      Derick Altema (CS)

Zain Bagar (ELMS)                        Alexei Beresnev (WLMS)

Jonathan Blonchek (FQMS)            Russel Bodine (GMS)

Frankie Brigante (GMS)                  Nan Cheng (CMS)

Keri Dickens (BBMS)                      Michelle Dineen (DMS)

Theresa Donaldson (ELMS)             Erica Cranston (PMS)

Lauren Enriquez (LKMS)                 Morgan Fenichel (OMMS)

Chris Fichman (CMS)                     Boris Gamazaychikov (DMS)

Pratik Gandhi (BMMS)          Rachel Herron (GMS)

Sean Huang (DMS)                       Dylan Kelly (FQMS)

Michael Kroeker (HCMS)                Sara Laper (DMS)

Daniel Li (LKMS)                           Richard Li (CMS)

Malie Lockard (GMS)                     Colin Ludwig (CS)

Luagh Malone (PMS)                     Brooke Mansfield (CS)

Kate McFee (LKMS)                      Brendan McNelly (DMS)

Tina Meng (CMS)                         Kyle Mercer (FQMS)

Vinny Nimmagadda (FQMS)            Meghan O’Donnell (CMS)

Anne Park (CMS)                          Beenish Patel (DMS)

Jordan Peoples (LKMS)                  Joni Pohutsky (LKMS)

Megan Prosise (HCMS)                  Rachel Richardson (PMS)

Kelsey Reiff (LKMS)                      William Rodriguez (GMS)

Emily Schultheis (GMS)                  Kevin Shankar (FQMS)

Michael Sheehy (WLMS)                Matthew Sherry (BBMS)

Kiana Shurkin (WLMS)                   Melia Stuppy (WLMS)

Amy Triscoli (LKMS)                      Jake True (GMS)

Aja Wallpher (MVMS)                    Faith Walter (GMS)

Beth Warsaw (MVMS)



Specialty Awards


The Optical Society of America, National Capital Section

Outstanding Achievement Award in Optics Junior Division

Tim O’Malley, Lime Kiln Middle

Laurie McSweeney, Wilde Lake Middle


Notable Achievement Awards in Optics Junior Division

Carolyn Sullivan, Elkridge Landing Middle

Melanie Rosenberg, Oakland Mills Middle

Jordan Limsky, Folly Quarter Middle

Justine Green, Elkridge Landing Middle

Thomas Rimlinger, Mount View Middle

Young Hye Hahm, Mount View Middle

Amy Triscoli, Lime Kiln Middle

Anapama Badani, Elliocott Mills Middle



Notable Achievement Awards in Optics-Mentored Projects

Meaze Getachew, Lienna Falecke-Eshete, Benjamin Westover, Murray Hill Middle



The Howard County Conservancy

Julian Griggs, Elkridge Landing Middle


Friends of Agriculture Research (Beltsville Agricultural Research Center)

-          Micro & Animal Biology

1st –Young Hye Hahm, Mount View Middle School

2nd – Richard Li, Clarksville Middle School

3rd – Carly Hawkins, Glenwood Middle School


-          Plant Biology

1st – Jonathan Bilbrey, Mayfield Woods Middle School

2nd – Anne Park, Clarksville Middle School

3rd – Mary Beth Rzegocki, Harpers Choice Middle School


-          Earth Science & Engineering

1st – Kiana Shurkin, Wilde Lake Middle School

2nd – Aran McMurtray, Mount View Middle School


-          Environmental Science

1st – Nick Davey, Mount View Middle School

2nd – Katherine Schuster, Dunloggin Middle School

3rd – Vidya Gondalia, Mount View Middle School

4th – Shelby Smith, Elkridge Landing Middle School


Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA)

Poster/Poetry Contest

Kent County Public Schools

Nominated by Diana Bailey, MSDE


- Nina Black, Chestertown Middle School; Abby Clark, Rock Hall Middle School; Samantha Collyer, Rock Hall Middle School; Addy Newcomb, Rock Hall Middle School; Kai Gaynor, Chestertown Middle School; and Makeisha Wright, Chestertown Middle School were award recipients in the MCDA poster/poetry contest.

Montgomery County Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools, School System

Nominated by MSDE


- Montgomery County Public Schools were voted Highest in State for academic success.  MCPS students scored an average SAT score of 1102 in 2003-2004, with the greatest number of seniors to ever take the test, setting a new state record. MCPS seniors also outperformed every state in the nation on AP testing performance, where all racial and ethnic groups’ performance surpassed the national average of 13 percent.

Montgomery County Public Schools, Middle School Science Curricula
Nominated by Michael Szesze, Montgomery County Public Schools

- In cooperation with George Washington University, Montgomery County Public Schools is participating in a grant to investigate “scaling up highly rated science curriculum units for diverse student populations.” Some goals of the program include evaluating if the curriculum consistently improves student achievement, student learning and functions in large diverse schools system. 

Teachers of Montgomery County Public Schools

Nominated by their Students


- A group of Maryland high school teachers from Montgomery County Public Schools were honored by a National Honor Society, on Capitol Hill in June 2009, for leaving their mark on the students they teach. The National Society of High School Scholars is an Atlanta-based scholastic association made up of high-achieving high school students. Once a year, the student members each nominate a teacher who made the most difference in their lives. Educators include: Patricia Kompare, James Hubert Blake High School; Leor Baldinger and Ayasha Ware, Northwood High School; Megan Dieckman, Kathie Honerkamp, and Eric Walstine, Montgomery Blair High School; Cyrus Ishikawa and Sakura Johnson, Springbrook High School; Andrew White and Rebecca Long, Paint Branch High School; Bella Schauman, Wheaton High School; and Barbara Marchwicki, John F. Kennedy High School.


National Scholarship Society

Montgomery County Public Schools Teachers

Nominated by MSDE


- Leor Baldinger, Northwood High School; Megan Dieckman, Montgomery Blair High School; Katie Honerkamp, Montgomery Blair High School; Cyrus Ishikawa and Sakura Johnson, Springbrook High School; Patricia Kompare, James Hubert Blake High School; Rebecca Long, Paint Branch High School; Barbara Marchwicki, John F. Kennedy High School; Bella Schauman, Wheaton High School; Eric Walstein, Mongtomery Blair High School; Ayasha Ware, Northwood High School; and Andrew White, Paint Branch High School were recognized by a national scholarship society for leaving a lasting impression on the students they teach. This award, the teachers say, was made all the more special because their students were the one who nominated them.


Posse Foundation Awards

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE 

- Through a highly competitive process, eleven senior high school students from Prince George’s County Public Schools were selected for the fifth class of Posse Scholars from the Posse Foundation. These students will join 40 other students from the metropolitan area in receiving a four-year, full tuition scholarship worth more than $100,000. Since 2005, 40 PGCPS students have received more than $4 million in scholarships from the Posse Foundation. The Posse Foundation is a college access and youth leadership program that recruits, identifies, and trains extraordinary leaders from urban schools and sends them in multicultural teams (Posses) to some of the top colleges in the country.

T.A.D: Thinking and Doing Gifted & Talented Program

Wicomico County Public Schools; School

Nominated by Susan M. Bounds, Wicomico County Public Schools


- Students in the T.A.D (Thinking and Doing) grade 3 –5 gifted and talented program in Wicomico County Public Schools created urban revitalized plans to improve an unsightly waterfront area in downtown Salisbury. Student groups presented their proposals to local architects. Plans are currently being reviewed by the Wicomico Planning and Zoning Commission. Interest generated by this student initiative motivated the City Council, Office of Planning and Zoning and community groups to look more critically at this area. There is now a 60-day moratorium on all new projects and a real possibility that laws will be enacted. The students’ problem solving truly made a difference in their community.

Frank Wilson

Crossing Guard

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- At age 92, Frank Wilson still manages to get up before dawn every day to get to his crossing guard post in Edgewater by 6:45am. The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will honor him and 22 others with its top community safety award. Wilson joined the Anne Arundel County Schools crossing guard detail nearly 10 years ago and has spent the past five of those years working a crossing on Mayo Road in Edgewater, about a block down from the Central Avenue intersection and the driveway that serves South River High School and Central Middle and Central Elementary Schools.


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Email:  gtucker@msde.state.md.us
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