Board Celebrates Outstanding Students, Teachers, Parents and More at June 2 Awards Night
Congratulations to Students, Teachers, Parents, Community Partners, School Programs Honored at June 2 Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night
Posted on 06/03/2015
Please congratulate the many students, teachers, parents, community partners, and school programs honored at the June 2, 2015 Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night.


2015 Superintendent’s Choice and Superintendent’s Art Collection

Each year the superintendent visits the Elementary and Secondary Student Art Show at the Wicomico Public Library to choose artwork that best represents all the great work Wicomico students do. This year Dr. John Fredericksen put “Superintendent’s Choice” stickers on 33 outstanding pieces at the county art show; these winners will be spotlighted in schools and in an online gallery. Twelve of the Superintendent’s Choice honorees will be framed and displayed in the main office of the Board of Education as part of the Superintendent’s Art Collection.

Certificates of recognition to the following students whose artwork was chosen as both Superintendent’s Choice and 2015 Superintendent’s Art Collection:


Zuri Guerrero-Jose, grade 2, Prince Street Elementary, instructor Mrs. Littleton

John Ferrer, grade 3, Delmar Elementary, instructor Ms. Ledda

Devyn Perez, grade 7, Wicomico Middle, instructor Mrs. Mumford

Da Eun Yim, grade 7, Salisbury Middle, instructor Mr. Propper

Mackenzie Johnson, grade 10, James M. Bennett High, instructor Mrs. Riser

Shelby Long, grade 10, Parkside High, instructor Mrs. McCoy

Daphne Blaak, grade 12 and an exchange student from the Netherlands at Mardela High, instructor Mrs. McElroy

Harley Baker, 2015 James M. Bennett High graduate, instructor Mr. Foltz

Vanessa Bennish, 2015 Parkside High graduate, instructor Mrs. Kohut

Sarah Bishop, 2015 Wicomico High graduate, instructor Mr. Jones

Gabby Mister, 2015 James M. Bennett High graduate, instructor Mrs. Davis

Landon Green, 2015 Mardela High graduate and a student in the Visual and Performing Arts Program (VPA), instructors Mr. Morris, Mrs. Choi, Mrs. Kohut


Certificates of recognition to the following students whose artwork is a 2015 Superintendent’s Choice

Bobby Greene, kindergarten, Charles H. Chipman Elementary, instructor Mr. Auger

Onnica Shepherd, kindergarten, Fruitland Primary, instructor Mrs. Smith

Mason Brown, grade 1, Westside Primary, instructor Mrs. Bishop

Madelyn Griffin, grade 1, Pemberton Elementary, instructor Mrs. Hertz

Dillon Bratten, grade 2, Willards Elementary, instructor Mrs. Phillips

Nasire Brooks, grade 2, Pinehurst Elementary, instructor Mrs. Smith

Antoine Dent, grade 2, Beaver Run Elementary, instructor Mrs. Johnson

Mariah Padilla Garcia, grade 2, West Salisbury Elementary, instructor Mr. Auger

Pyper Birely, grade 3, Fruitland Intermediate, instructor Mrs. Richard

Kara Lewis, grade 4, North Salisbury Elementary, instructor Mrs. Hertz

Elana Combs, grade 5, Westside Intermediate, instructor Mrs. Bishop

Janya Jones, grade 5, Glen Avenue Elementary, instructor Mrs. Phillips

Brianna Spicer, grade 5, Northwestern Elementary, instructor Mrs. Littleton

Owen Black, grade 7, Salisbury Middle, instructor Mrs. Matteson

Patrick Knoll, grade 7, Pittsville Middle, instructor Ms. Gilland

Claire Wright, grade 8, Mardela Middle, instructor Mrs. McElroy

Timothy Yingling, grade 8, Bennett Middle, instructor Mrs. Harmon

Bethany Peterson, grade 10, Parkside High, instructor Mr. Baglieri

Margterlita Pierre, grade 10, James M. Bennett High, instructor Mrs. Cook

Savannah Wood, grade 10, Wicomico High, instructor Mrs. Pavlekovich

Natalie Parker, grade 11, Wicomico High, instructor Mrs. Choi


Outstanding Representative of Wicomico Students and Schools

Certificate of achievement for being an Outstanding Representative of Wicomico Students and Schools while interviewing the President of the United States, along with a gift from Discovery Education, to Osman Yahya, Bennett Middle School. Back in January, this student did such a great job on a panel for the national launch of the Discovery Education Math Techbook that when Discovery needed an interviewer for a new event, the company knew whom to call. Osman served as interviewer and moderator of the April 30 edition in the Virtual Field Trip series, Of the People: Live from the White House. He said he wasn’t even nervous that in addition to working in front of a live audience of students at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library for this program on literacy and digital literacy, he would be asking questions of the President of the United States. That day, Osman showed poise and preparedness, and made national headlines when he appeared to cut President Obama’s response short in order to move on to the next question. He handled the opportunity extremely well, and even passed up on offers for national TV interviews afterward so that he could get back to being a student. His classmates, teachers, family and community are proud to have him represent Wicomico at the very highest level.


Congressional Art Competition Winner

Certificate of achievement for the winning entry and People’s Choice in U.S. Rep. Andy Harris’ 2015 Congressional Art Competition to Ye Jin Han, 2015 Parkside High graduate and a former participant in the Visual and Performing Arts Program. Each spring, the House of Representatives sponsors the Congressional Art Competition to recognize the artistic talents of high school students in each congressional district throughout the country. Each congressional district selects one winner and gives that student the opportunity to display the artwork for one year in the U.S. Capitol building. Ye Jin Han’s oil painting, titled “2007 Summer,” will be on display in the U.S. Capitol.


State Athletic Champion

Certificate of achievement for winning the state 2A championship for boys’ triple jump to De’shawnte Murray, now a 2015 graduate of Wicomico High School. He was a valuable member of the Wicomico High School track team that was the only local team to place in the top 3 at the recent state championship track meet. In the boys’ triple jump, he not only won the state 2A championship, he jumped the farthest across all four classifications of schools 1A-4A. He also broke his own school record with an outstanding jump of 47 feet, three-quarters of an inch. 


Wicomico County STEM Challenge

The 3nd annual Wicomico County STEM Challenge was held in April. Students from grades 3-8 designed and built devices to solve a grade-specific challenge. The winners from each school competed head-to-head at the STEM Challenge County Finals on April 22nd. The champions from each grade level received medals and a plaque to take back for display in their school.

Certificates of recognition for the following student 1st place teams in the 2015 Wicomico County STEM Challenge:

3rd Grade: Safe Racer - Vehicles to safely carry eggs in a crash-test simulation

Willards Elementary – Katherine Knapp, Julian Kressin, Kailee Cooper, Abigail Beauchamp

4th Grade: Mars Rover - A parachute-assisted egg drop

East Salisbury Elementary – Alicia Pointdujour, Dina Dolce, Ahmad Tarer

5th Grade: Disaster Relief - A free-fall egg drop

Pinehurst Elementary – John Ardis, Camrin White, Ariel Laurent, Tavion Thomas

6th Grade: Ping-Pong Ball Catapults

Pittsville Middle – Simon Jeong, Caden Chronister

7th Grade: Sailboats

Wicomico Middle – Chloe Welch, Jabria Donat, Shy-Ann Ruark, Taylor Schulties

8th Grade: Mousetrap cars

Wicomico Middle – Jon Nibblett, Jose Martinez Leyva, Francis Lopez Chilel


VFW Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award

Certificate of recognition for receiving the VFW Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award from VFW Meuse Post 194 Ladies Auxiliary on May 7th to Debbie Wilkins, teacher at North Salisbury Elementary School. The VFW annually recognizes top classroom teachers who teach citizenship education topics and promote America’s history and traditions. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette, and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. Over the years, Mrs. Wilkins has worked to instill a sense of patriotism in her students at North Salisbury. During the 2014 Patriot Day Ceremony, students wrote wishes for their country on red, white, and blue ribbons that were tied to the fence around the school. Each election year, students learn about the political process and the right to vote as they present a mock campaign rally and cast votes for the candidate of their choice. On Veterans Day, students invite those who have served our country to the school to honor them and hear their stories.


Maryland Department of Natural Resources Arbor Day Poster Contest

Certificate of recognition to Da Hyun Son of North Salisbury Elementary School for being the 1st place winner in Wicomico County in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Arbor Day Poster Contest, “Trees Are Terrific.” Fifth grade students across the State were eligible to participate in the contest. This student from Mrs. Mildred Johnson’s class at North Salisbury Elementary School was awarded the 1st Place honor for all entries from Wicomico County.


Baxter Enterprises/McDonald’s McEducator Awards

The McEducator Award is given each spring to an outstanding teacher from each elementary school for criteria including outstanding attendance, commendable observations and evaluations, positive rapport with others, tenured status, and an effective instructional program. Thanks to Baxter Enterprises CEO Tom Baxter and his daughter, Tiffany Baxter Beach, an owner/operator, each McEducator received a $350 Marriott gift card and $100 American Express gift card. The Wicomico Board of Education joins Baxter Enterprises in recognizing these 2015 Baxter Enterprises/McDonald’s McEducator Award winners from Wicomico elementary schools:

Valerie Folsom, Beaver Run Elementary      

Diana Churchman, Charles H. Chipman Elementary           

Alison Cuffy, Delmar Elementary     

Gail Guy, East Salisbury Elementary

Linda Stanley, Fruitland Primary      

Stacy Wheeler, Fruitland Intermediate        

Kristen Digiammo, Glen Avenue Elementary                       

Priscilla Sterling, North Salisbury Elementary

Charlie Echard, Northwestern Elementary

Arnetta Thomas, Pemberton Elementary

Cherie Simon, Pinehurst Elementary                                          

Jessica Smith, Pittsville Elementary

Ariel Thomas, Prince Street Elementary

Laurie Freese, Wicomico Early Learning Center

Kelly Brittingham, West Salisbury Elementary

Christine Rousseau, Westside Primary

Kimble Messick, Westside Intermediate

Chris Thompson, Willards Elementary

Thanks to a partnership that started in 1999 between West Salisbury Elementary and Baxter Enterprises/McDonald's, thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of students have benefited from everything from coupons and bicycles to reward good scholarship and citizenship at the elementary level to spirit nights at some of the 21 Baxter McDonald's restaurants on Delmarva to $1,000 scholarships for a graduating senior at each high school. Contributions by Baxter Enterprises to support the success of students, teachers, and schools have exceeded the half-million dollar mark. Baxter Enterprises has made an outstanding commitment to education.


2015 Parent Involvement Matters Award Semi-Finalist

Certificate of recognition and thanks to Wicomico County’s 2015 semi-finalist for the Parent Involvement Matters Award, Dr. Glenn Hornstein, nominated by Westside Intermediate School. The Maryland State Department of Education recognizes a parent from each local school system in Maryland as a semi-finalist for the Parent Involvement Matters Award, or PIMA, the only parent award program of its kind in the nation. PIMA recognizes parents and guardians for their exceptional support of public education.

Wicomico County’s semi-finalist is committed to the school system being a leader in providing opportunities for students to develop skills in strategy and team building. Four years ago he began to teach any students who were interested how to play chess. Students didn’t need to have high academic grades or a certain socioeconomic status. All they needed was an intense commitment to learning and executing the strategies and techniques of the game. By the end of the first year, more than 80 students were coming to school BEFORE classes began to play chess. Some students improved their academic performance as a result of the chess club. Other students improved their senses of self-esteem and self-worth. Within a year of starting the chess club at Westside Intermediate, Dr. Hornstein organized an elementary chess tournament that was open to students from all Wicomico public and private elementary schools. That tournament, now in its fourth year, brings together more than 100 students to compete. Chess is rising in popularity in many Wicomico schools and homes thanks to his leadership


Maryland Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game

The Maryland Council on Economic Education sponsored an online “Stock Market Game” for teachers and student teams. The Stock Market Game is an educational simulation that teaches about the stock markets, the American economic system, and the global economy. Participants develop skills in math, language arts, research and critical thinking, while building and maintaining a stock portfolio. Certificate of recognition to the North Salisbury Elementary 5th grade team that placed 1st in the Eastern Shore Region of the Maryland Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game:

Noelle Nelson, Miyona Whaley, Clark West, Alivia Carroll, Andrew Kim, Gideon Plamondon, Cindy Phillips, teacher


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Pre-Professional High School Program

Certificate of achievement for earning entrance to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Pre-Professional High School Program to Jay Ledford, James M. Bennett High School. He auditioned for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Pre-Professional High School Program, and was accepted for the 2015-2016 school year. He will take classes at a Pittsburgh public high school for his core courses, and attend the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Pre-Professional Program on a full-tuition work study award. He has also received full tuition and room and board to take part in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program beginning June 21st. The Eastern Shore dance community, James M. Bennett High School and Wicomico County Public Schools wish him great success in his dance development. He will dance locally one more time before leaving for Pittsburgh, at the Salisbury Dance Academy spring recital this coming Saturday, June 6 in the Wicomico High Auditorium.

Since he was very young, Jay has danced at the Salisbury Studio of Dance and Salisbury Dance Academy, and with the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre in shows such as “Nutcracker” and “Cinderella.” Earlier this year he competed in the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in Indianapolis, and he performed in Disney World with the First Position Performance Troupe, based at Salisbury Dance Academy.


Outstanding Parent Advocate for Special Education

Certificate of recognition for being an Outstanding Parent Advocate for Special Education to Sarah Edwards. In about six weeks, hundreds of children, parents, other relatives, vendors and educators will participate in the July 25 Family Resource Fair to find out more about the community, get school supplies, have lunch, and go swimming, all for free. This event might never have happened without the advocacy of this very special parent volunteer. She came to the Birth to Five Infants and Toddlers Program for early intervention services for her daughter. Very quickly she made it her mission not only to help her own child, but to make sure other parents knew what services are available for children with disabilities. She joined the Infants and Toddlers Local Interagency Coordinating Council, created the Eastern Shore Parent Resource Alliance, and spearheaded a support group for parents of children with disabilities called the Kinera Parent Support Group, for which she organizes the meeting place, speakers, and child care so parents can attend. She served on the committee that last year helped create a Buddy Program in a local school, as well as the Family Resource Fair. This resource fair drew more than 60 vendors and 700 participants, an incredible result for a first-time event put on with almost no funding but with lots of hard work.


Destination Imagination Global Finals Teams

Certificates of achievement to the following Destination Imagination teams from Wicomico County Public Schools that finished in the top three in the state in the Maryland DI Tournament and advanced to Global Finals:

Project Outreach: Service Learning Challenge (Middle Level): Wicomico Middle School Uncommon DInominators

3rd place at State Tournament, 23rd place at Global Finals

Team Members: Chloe Welch, Paige Folke, Colleen Sullivan, Gabriela Giorgi, Tyler Simon, Will Burdett

Team Managers: Heather Sullivan, Christel Folke

DI School Facilitator: Alison Davis

Challenge C: Fine Arts (Middle Level): Salisbury Middle School  DI-scoverers

1st place at the State Tournament, 22nd place at Global Finals and tied for 5th in the Instant Challenge

Team Members: Eun-Ha Yim, Katerina Yiannouris, Carolyn Sidell, Aman Shahzad, Klaira Bievenour

Team Managers: Ronna Bievenour, Abby Sidell

DI School Facilitator: Tara Elliott

Challenge D: Improvisation (Middle Level): Bennett Middle School Primetime DI Funguys

1st place at the State Tournament, 13th place at Global Finals and 4th in the Instant Challenge

Team Members: Abdullah Siddiqui, Annabel Hofmann, Collin Sokola, Fiona Benn, Julianna Sterling, Laila Libertin

Team Managers: Kathy Sterling, Jennifer Sokola

DI School Facilitator: Barbara Fodor

Destination Imagination (DI) is an activity that student teams engage in after school and on weekends to build their skills in creative problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking. DI transcends race, gender and ethnic boundaries and is unparalleled in its engagement of parents. In April, these three teams from Wicomico County Public Schools qualified for Global Finals by placing in the top 3 in the state at the Maryland State DI Tournament at UMBC. They competed at Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. with 1,500+ teams from other states and 150 countries


47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference

Certificate of recognition for being named a 47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference to Kelly Kaiser, grade 5 teacher, Westside Intermediate School, the 47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference for November 2014. 47 ABC supports education with 47 ABC Teacher Who Makes a Difference recognition throughout each school year, sponsored by Accurate Optical. The TV station receives nominations and surprises recipients in their classrooms.


2015 Maryland State Solo & Ensemble Festivals

Each spring the Maryland Music Educators Association holds the State Solo and Ensemble Festival for those students who have received a Superior rating at the District Solo and Ensemble level. The following students participated in the state festival and received a Superior rating – the highest rating available to a performer, at the highest level of competition. Certificates of achievement to the students who received a Superior rating at the 2015 Maryland State Solo and Ensemble Festivals:

James M. Bennett High, instructor Mrs. Sarah Burton:

Christopher Sajadi, violin

Hope Jones, violin

James M. Bennett High, instructor Mr. Doug Miles:

Peter Lim, marimba

Hyunji Lee, flute

Wicomico High, instructor Mrs. Sarah Burton:

Nicholas Nguyen, violin

Parkside High, instructor Mrs. Sarah Burton:

Miyuki Schoyen, violin

Parkside High, instructor Kevin Zaczkiewicz:

Hannah Lewis, French horn

Bennett Middle, instructor Mrs. Sarah Burton:

Anna Long, violin

Gracie Elswick, violin

Teiji Schoyen, cello

Bennett Middle, instructor Mr. Gary Hammer:

Hannah Burchard, flute

Pittsville Middle, instructor Mrs. Sarah Burton:

Josie Sollars, violin

Simon Jeong, violin

Pittsville Middle, instructor Mr. Kenneth Dasher:

Gracie Perry, clarinet

Haley Webster, flute

Cassie Messler, flute

Mardela Middle and High, instructor Mr. Cory Boltz:


Morgan McGee

Rachel Lewis

Hailee Twigg

Anajiah Gunther

Courtney Dayton

Emma Travers

Abreya Gunther

Brooklyn Tyndall

Cassidy White


Kathleen Sann

Daegan Lappin

Tianna Staten


Abigail Boltz, oboe

Abigail Boltz, alto saxophone

Emma Timmons, alto saxophone

Austin Mason, alto saxophone

Matthew Guy, tenor saxophone

Ethan Peterman, baritone saxophone

Alyssa Boltz, French horn

Erika Kohlhoff, French horn

Samantha Rozaieski, trumpet

Maggie Adams, trumpet

Andrew Boltz, trombone

Malik Allen, snare drum

Hunter Wirt, snare drum

Katherine Cottingham, snare drum

Darien O’Neal, snare Drum

Patrick Bateman, snare drum

Connor Matthews, snare drum

Hunter Wirt, mallets

Gary Hoehler, mallets

Mardela Middle and High, instructor Ms. Sharay DuBose:

Alexzander Baer, cello

Elizabeth Johnson, violin


All-America Selections Display Garden

Certificates of recognition to the A+ Garden Centre of the Horticulture Program at the Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education and to Ms. Ginny Rosenkranz, Tri-County Commercial Horticulture Educator and Master Gardeners Coordinator for University of Maryland Extension, for the A+ Garden Centre being named an All-America Selections Display Garden. Congratulations to Horticulture instructor Jerry Kelley and his students on this award. All-America Selections, an independent plant trialing and award program, recently announced that the A+ Garden Centre has been chosen for a group of prestigious public gardens, the All-America Selections (AAS) Display Gardens. Parkside High CTE is only the second high school in the nation to be afforded this honor, and one of only three of these display gardens in Maryland. All-America Selections works with the world’s most prominent breeders to trial their best new varieties anonymously and have them rated by independent horticulture experts. After a rigorous trialing, only the best performers are declared AAS Winners. A+ Garden Centre will be able to display and sell flowers and plants with excellent garden performance that have been declared AAS Winners in the past five years.

Garden visitors got to see some of these varieties in the raised gardens planted at the front of the Garden Centre greenhouses during the kickoff May 1st. Joining the Horticulture students for this event were many community partners including a key supporter, Ms. Ginny Rosenkranz, Tri-County Commercial Horticulture Educator and Master Gardeners Coordinator for University of Maryland Extension. Her support and guidance from the Extension Office were essential to the A+ Garden Centre earning AAS Display Garden status, and she also helped plan, promote, and carry out the kickoff event.


Essay Contests: American Legion Americanism Essay Contest, VFW Patriot’s Pen, VFW Voice of Democracy

Certificate of recognition to Troy Turner, grade 8, Mardela Middle, teacher Mr. Nate Davidson, 1st place winner from the Dor-Wic Unit 218 Americanism Essay Contest. Middle and high school students were invited to participate in the American Legion’s Americanism essay contest.  Students prepared and submitted a written essay on the topic “What Does Freedom Mean to My Family?”

Middle school students were invited to participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars essay contest, Patriot’s Pen.  Students prepared and submitted a written essay on the theme “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Certificates of recognition to the following 1st place winners in the VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest:

Post 194: Brian H. Min, Bennett Middle

Post 2996: Duncan Kihiuria, Wicomico Middle

High school students were invited to participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars essay contest, Voice of Democracy.  Students prepared and submitted a written essay and audio recording of their writing. The theme this year was:  “Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future. Certificates of recognition to the following 1st place winners for each VFW post:

Post 10159: Kenneth E. Kohlhoff, Mardela High

Post 2996: Wahed Azzam Abdullah, Parkside High

Post 194: Elizabeth P. Kessler, James M. Bennett High


2015 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Certificate of achievement to Mr. Cory Boltz and the Mardela High School Symphonic Band and Warrior Marching Band & Band Front for success at the 2015 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, including the Mardela Warrior Marching Band & Band Front being named the Sweepstakes Winner of the entire Apple Blossom Festival for the third straight year for having the highest averaged scores in three events. Wicomico County Public Schools was recently named one of the Best Communities for Music Education for the 5th time in the last eight years. Mardela Middle and High School is an outstanding example of the quality of music education in Wicomico schools.


“It’s Academic”/Stephen Decatur Invitational/National Academic Championships

The James M. Bennett High School Academic Team continued its tradition of academic competition success this year. In March, the JMB Academic Team competed in the Stephen Decatur Invitational Tournament held at Wor-Wic Community College. This regional tournament hosted 10 schools from around Delmarva. For the seventh time out of eight years of the tournament, quick wits and quick signaling buttons won the team from James M. Bennett the championship trophy.

In a series of matches taped for “It’s Academic” on Baltimore’s WJZ TV, the three team members demonstrated superior knowledge in the areas of art, literature, history, math, and science against elite teams from across the state of Maryland. Advancing to the playoffs as one of the top 9 teams, they lost an incredibly competitive semi-final match.

In late May, the JMB Academic Team competed in the prestigious National Academic Championships in Washington, DC with some of the nation’s brightest young minds. JMB’s team, coached by teacher Philip Bock, represented Wicomico County well. The team finished the preliminary rounds 6-0 and went into the playoffs seeded #1.

Certificates of recognition to the following members of the James M. Bennett High School Academic Team:

For reaching the semi-finals of “It’s Academic,” and as members of the JMB championship Academic Team in the Stephen Decatur Invitational and National Academic Championships:

Spencer Tilghman

Kieran Murphy

Michael Li

For these members of the JMB Academic Team that won the Stephen Decatur Invitational and reached the playoffs of the National Academic Championships:

Kevon Turnamian

Luke Murphy

Nick Selser

Dhritisha Chakraborty

For being a member of the JMB Academic Team that won the Stephen Decatur Invitational:

Alison Sahler


Community Support Activities: Pinehurst Elementary, Wicomico High SGA

Twice during this past school year, staff members of Pinehurst Elementary volunteered to help build a ramp at the home of a Pinehurst student. Working with Chesapeake Housing Mission, business sponsors, and the family of each student, staff members and even some children of staff members helped construct ramps. The ramps were very important because they help students Diego and Youdenie access education and other activities of daily living. One ramp was built last summer, and the second ramp was completed during the April spring holiday break.
Certificates of recognition for the Pinehurst Elementary staff members, as well as children of staff members, who assisted in building one or both ramps at the homes of Pinehurst Elementary students:

Debbie Emge

Maria Pippen

Daniel DeFrancisco

Katie Byrne

Jennifer Fitzgerald

Megan Rice

Tom Corrice

Holly Bowen

Audra Phippin

Sarah Phippin

Tasha Mason


Wicomico High School’s Student Government Association spearheaded the Teens for Jeans Drive, collecting new or gently used jeans to be given to local homeless shelters. The SGA was able to donate more than 360 pairs of jeans through this effort, including 100 pairs from one class alone. Thanks to the students in Mrs. Dionna Sterling’s sixth period 11th grade English class for that support, and certificates of recognition to the Student Government Association leaders of the Teens for Jeans Drive:

Mike Angelot

Rebecca Bizzarri

Dontre Diaz

Dionna Sterling, SGA Advisor


Optimist Oratorical Contest

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives young people the chance to speak to the world. First conducted in 1928, the Oratorical Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people room to develop their own views around a central idea.  The theme this year was “How My Optimism Will Help Me Press On to Greater Achievements of the Future.” Certificates of recognition to the county finalists in the 2015 Optimist Club of Salisbury’s Optimist Oratorical Contest:

First Place Winner, boys Division: Nicholas Selser, James M. Bennett High School

First Place Winner, girls Division: Apeksha Ghumatkar, Wicomico High School


U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Certificate of achievement for being accepted into the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. to Zane Carter, Parkside High graduate in the Class of 2015. The Coast Guard Academy is one of the most difficult institutions of higher education to which to gain entry, with just 240 cadets accepted from more than 2,000 applicants. This is one of the five military service academies that prepare college-age Americans to earn a bachelor’s degree on the way to being commissioned as an officer. This student, as well as two other Wicomico students who received appointments to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point NY, will receive a high quality education and will then serve his country.


Harlan Institute/ConSource National Virtual Supreme Court

Certificates of recognition to the Wicomico High School student teams that participated in the National Virtual Supreme Court, sponsored by Harlan Institute and ConSource:

Team 1: Katelin Beach and Jung Oh
Team 2: Rachel Bier and Chang Woo (Steve) Lee
Team 3: Camryn Coady and Emily Dickerson
Team 4: Apeksha Ghumatkar and Briana Branch. Team 4 was selected for the semi-finals of the contest.

To participate in the national Virtual Supreme Court, students had to first write an appellate court brief of a minimum of 2,000 words which summarized and supported their side of the Zivotofsky v. Kerry Supreme Court case currently being deliberated by the Supreme Court. After submitting their brief, and having it reviewed by the sponsors, the students were then selected to move on to make oral arguments. The Wicomico High representatives were four of eight pairs of students selected from across the country to make oral arguments, and one team was selected for the semi-final.


Maryland Science Olympiad State Finals

The James M. Bennett High School STEM Club is a group of 15 dedicated students who worked hard as a team to prepare for regional and state competitions. In the regional competition, held April 28 at the University of Maryland College Park, the team finished 10th out of 25 teams. Eight club members qualified for the Maryland Science Olympiad state finals at Johns Hopkins University. Certificates of recognition to the following members, coaches and key supporter of the James M. Bennett High School STEM Club from the Maryland Science Olympiad at Johns Hopkins University:

Sangyeop Park

Rose Adelizzi

Amy Vennos

Adith Thummalapalli

Hannah Lee

Dhritisha Chakraborty

Claudia Guerra

Arjun Agarwal

Courtland Lilley, Coach

Jenny Vennos, Assistant Coach

Patricia Adelizzi, key parent supporter