Board of Education Honors Outstanding Achievements at June 3 Awards & Recognitions Night
Board of Education Honors Outstanding Achievements at June 3 Awards & Recognitions Night
Posted on 06/04/2014

Outstanding students, staff members, clubs, schools and community partners were recognized at the June 3 Awards & Recognitions Night, held in the Parkside High School Auditorium.

Superintendent’s Choice/Superintendent’s Art Collection/Art Logos

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen visited 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. A “Superintendent’s Choice” sticker was placed on 29 outstanding pieces. Additionally, 12 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. Two high school students designed the logos that will be used to mark the Superintendent’s Choice and Superintendent’s Art Collection this year and in the future.

Certificate of recognition to the following students whose artwork is a 2014 Superintendent’s Choice: 

Malcom Garcia-McMillan, grade 1, Beaver Run Elementary, Mrs. Johnson

Alayna Goslee, grade 1, Westside Primary, Mrs. Johnson

Lilly Desmond, grade 1, Willards Elementary, Ms. Rother

Mrs. Melvin’s 2nd grade class, Delmar Elementary, Ms. Ledda

Dora Padilla, grade 2, West Salisbury Elementary, Mr. Auger

Toni Fenstermacher, grade 3, East Salisbury Elementary, Mr. Cotton

Grace Batts, grade 3, Fruitland Intermediate, Mrs. Phillips

Steve Edmond, grade 3, Pemberton Elementary, Mrs. Hertz

Katia Redondo-Hernandez, grade 4, Glen Avenue Elementary, Mrs. Phillips

Layla Byrd, grade 4, North Salisbury Elementary, Mrs. Hertz

Bennett Black, grade 4, Westside Intermediate, Mrs. Bishop

Kailey Thamert, grade 5, Pittsville Elementary and Middle, Mr. Hupke

Sophie Butler, grade 5, Prince Street Elementary, Mrs. Littleton

Riley Niblett, grade 6, Mardela Middle, Mrs. McElroy

Mariah Guerra, grade 8, Bennett Middle, Mrs. Harmon

Kaylyn Propst, grade 8, Salisbury Middle, Mrs. Matteson

Sarah Ashley, grade 10, Mardela High, Mrs. McElroy


Certificate of recognition to the following students whose artwork was chosen as both Superintendent’s Choice and Superintendent’s Art Collection for 2014:

Sydney Berry, kindergarten, Fruitland Primary, Mrs. Smith

Camden Causey, grade 2, Charles H. Chipman Elementary, Mr. Auger

Kayla Brunke, grade 5, Pinehurst Elementary, Mrs. Bishop

Hailey Holland, grade 5, Northwestern Elementary, Mrs. Littleton

Cassidy Booth, grade 8, Wicomico Middle, Mrs. Mumford

Kelsey Laing, Kameron Hoppes and Sidney Hearn, grade 8, Pittsville Middle, Mr. Hupke

Shelby Long, grade 9, Parkside High, Mrs. McCoy

Susan Huntsman, senior and now a 2014 graduate of James M. Bennett High, Mr. Foltz


The following Superintendent’s Choice/Superintendent’s Art Collection students are recognized as part of the Visual and Performing Arts Program, teachers Mr. Morris, Mrs. Choi and Mrs. Kohut:

Shadi Jahelka, senior and now a 2014 graduate of Mardela High

Eli Orth, senior and now a 2014 graduate of James M. Bennett High

Taylor Dumpson, senior and now a 2014 graduate of Wicomico High


Certificate of recognition to the following students whose logo designs were chosen for the Superintendent’s Choice and Superintendent’s Art Collection:

Connor Diskin, senior in the Visual and Performing Arts Program and now a 2014 graduate of James M. Bennett High, for Superintendent’s Choice

Victoria Mullins, senior and now a 2014 graduate of James M. Bennett High, for the Superintendent’s Art Collection


3rd annual Wicomico County Elementary Chess Tournament

On March 21, Wicomico County held its 3rd annual Elementary Chess Tournament at Westside Intermediate. Students in grades 2 through 5 from Wicomico public and private schools competed. Certificates of recognition went to the following students for achieving a 1st place finish in the 3rd annual Wicomico County Elementary Chess Tournament:

Grade 2: Nathan Jho, Westside Intermediate

Grade 3: Gianluca Secondi, Westside Intermediate

Grade 4: Tie for 1st  - Yoonha Nam, Pemberton Elementary and Liam Hornstein, Westside Intermediate

Grade 5: Ben Leader, Westside Intermediate


2014 Technology Media Festival Winners

Wicomico County’s 7th annual Technology Media Festival on April 22rd drew entries from more than 1,000 students as well as many teachers. The winners received their certificates at the end of that event, and the Board congratulated these 1st place winners:

Early Childhood:

Multimedia: Fruitland Primary Kindergarten teacher Laurie Kamp, students Christian Bacon, Amyra Beale, Averi Beauchamp, Gabriel Blake, Zane Brown, Na’Kiyah Byrd, Javon Comegys, Caitin Danz, Gabrielah Davison, Jennifer Fleming, Dymon Handy, Caroline Hobbs, Hailey Jarvi, Mika Johnson, Ryan Nickels, Brandon Parks, Mason Porch, Charlie Roberts, Angel Hill, Beautiful Thomas, Tristian Tull-Waters, Ava Twilley

Interactive Activities:  (2 winners)

Beaver Run kindergarten student Matthew Chatham, teacher Stacie Bennett

Pemberton Elementary Kindergarten teacher Jen Duhe, students Candace Brodie, Blake Bunting, Hayden Carrier, Jada Copeland, Diamon Coulbourne, J’shawn Drayton, Madison Edwards, Nathanael Gabriel, Dillan Gambrill, Roshana Germain, Isabella Hooper, DaMichael Johnson, Jaleya Johnson, Treyvon Kenney, Liza Lopez, Rod’miere Mitchell, Marline Norsil, Joseph O’Brian, Vincent Reddick, Damonta Rhodes, Breo’n Sanders, Anthony Thomas-Wise, Isabella Trute, William West

Graphic Arts: Pemberton Elementary kindergarten student Isabella Hooper, teacher Jen Duhe


Multimedia: Westside Primary 1st grade teacher Christina Stewart, students Jaden Abreu, Noah Blankensop, Emma Boothe, Tyler Cannady, Matthew Cramer, LeShaunik Spivey, Ian Flanders, Lucas Gassaway, Amberlynn Gong, LeVontae Johnson, Zy`aire Lewis, Shawn Livingston, Connor McIntyre, De`Mari Mitchell, Matthew Moor, Cole Nelson, Jasmyne Salter, Kayla Simkins, Madelyn White, DaJohna Williams

Interactive Activities: Fruitland Primary School  media specialist Sheree Draucker, second-graders Briana Truitt, Hannah McCabe, Emma Bailey, Tyler Staffeldt, Alexis Iovacchini, Cameron Mason

Graphic Arts: Prince Street Elementary second-grade student Alysia Ullman, art teacher Dawn Littleton


Multimedia: 2 winners

Fruitland Intermediate 4th-grader Matthew Christensen, teacher Rachel Simpson

Prince Street Media Specialist Gina Deal’s Cat Club, students Ali Ranjha, Antaneia Finney, Jessica Lovo, Rebekah Morris, Imani Gore, Victoria Amisal, Rui Yan, Waleed Awan, Rashawn Stinson, Amana Wilson, Phoebe Thomas, Kaeyatah Nichol, Adrian Travers

Interactive Activities: Glen Avenue Elementary media specialist Lori Menzel, 5th grade students Asia Baines, Kervens Hyppolite, Alyssa Morris, Antonio Watson, Savannah Winton, Jamira Woolford

Graphic Arts: 2 winners

Prince Street Elementary 4th-grader Nyarie Wright, teacher Sarah Kemp

Westside Intermediate 4th-grader Abigail Bowden, teacher Michelle Boothe

Middle School:

Multimedia:  Salisbury Middle School 7th Grade Teacher Todd Cushman, students India Thompson, Harmony Wilson, Aniyah Slade, Eric Toadvine, Chakyra Sykes, Travis Adams, Jake Baronowski , Josh Pecoraro, Trent Bailey, Enosh Angelot, Eddie Lawrence, Gene Williams, Payton Howze

Graphic Arts: Bennett Middle School 8th grade student Alison Sahler, Thinking and Doing (TAD) teacher Katy Seman

High School:

Multimedia: James M. Bennett High School junior Tehzeeb Hassan, teacher Sharon Birch

Interactive Activities: JMB 10th grade students Emily LeCompte and Allyson Simon, teacher Sharon Birch

Graphic Arts: JMB senior Victoria Mullins, teacher Erin Davis


Multimedia:  Bennett Middle School teacher Debbie McCormack

Interactive Activities:  2 winners

Pemberton Elementary School teacher Jen Duhe

Wicomico Middle teacher Kristen Jackson

Graphic Arts: Fruitland Primary teacher Linda Stanley


Interactive Activities: Principal William Curtis, Charles H. Chipman Elementary School

The Board had certificates of appreciation for the two people who coordinated the Technology Media Festival: Carmon Molnar and Kristi Cushman


Kids Helping Kids/Harvest for the Hungry

Certificate of recognition to West Salisbury Elementary School and Roxie Connelly, Home School Liaison for being named Wicomico County's Top Collector for Maryland's 2013-2014 Kids Helping Kids/Harvest for the Hungry Campaign. Maryland's annual Harvest for the Hungry Campaign provides students with the opportunity to learn about the problem of hunger while collecting food for their local food bank. This year, Maryland students helped collect more than 414,000 pounds of food to feed hungry children across the state. West Salisbury was a Harvest for the Hungry top achiever at 1,200+ pounds collected, and was recognized as the top collector in Wicomico County at the Kids Helping Kids/Harvest for the Hungry 2014 Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore.


2014 Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award Semi-Finalist

Certificate of recognition and thanks to Wicomico County’s 2014 Parent Involvement Award semi-finalist Courtney Deason, Wicomico Middle School. She is committed to Wicomico Middle School’s efforts to develop a more engaging and student/parent centered approach to school activities. In 2013, she recruited her employer, Runaway Bay Residential Complex, to partner with the school’s “Arts in the Park” event. This event is an outdoors display of student projects from history, math, science, and reading classes as well as from the chorus, band, drum corps, steppers, and Destination Imagination. The event drew 500+ parents and students and this stellar parent, through her employer, provided 500 hotdogs, a grill, and co-workers to greet the parents while staffing the meal station. She used her professional position to make personal connections with parents and bring resources to the school, and her hands-on approach has strongly aided the school’s ongoing efforts to promote parental involvement. 

The Maryland State Department of Education annually recognizes a parent from each local school system in Maryland as a semi-finalist for the Parent Involvement Matters Award, the only parent award program of its kind in the nation. PIMA recognizes parents and guardians for their exceptional support of public education.


Baxter Enterprises McEducator Awards

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 also sponsors a teacher appreciaton initiative, the McEducator Awards, to reward 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. Each of these McEducator recipients received a $400 Marriott gift card and $100 American Express gift card:

Julie Swift, Beaver Run Elementary 

Tori Sample, Charles H. Chipman Elementary         

Heather Spicer, Delmar Elementary

Jennifer Pitoniak, East Salisbury Elementary

Christy Brasure, Fruitland Primary   

Anna Krider, Fruitland Intermediate

Chelsea Seabrease, Glen Avenue Elementary                      

Diana Hill, North Salisbury Elementary

Megan Block, Northwestern Elementary

Joy Venere, Pemberton Elementary

Valerie Vandever, Pinehurst Elementary                                           

Erin Frederick, Pittsville Elementary

April Guard, Prince Street Elementary

Heather Lawhead, Wicomico Early Learning Center

Debbie Tobin, West Salisbury Elementary

Christina Stewart, Westside Primary

John Chris McLaughlin, Westside Intermediate

Jamie Spears, Willards Elementary

Certificates of appreciation to Baxter Enterprises CEO Tom Baxter and Tiffany Baxter Beach, owner/operator, for being outstanding supporters of public education.


Destination Imagination Global Finals Teams

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. This year six Wicomico County DI teams presented themselves well both in conduct and performance at Global Finals as they competed with 1,500+ teams from other states and 150 countries. Certificates of achievement to the 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 in Knoxville, Tenn.:

Challenge A: Technical/Mechanical: Dig In, Elementary. Fruitland Daydreamerz: 1st place at the State Tournament, 33rd place at Global Finals. Kaitlin Cashman, Landon Weer, Landon Stauffer, Blakelyn Moore, Allison Harris, Jack Cuppett and Elijah Gregg, team manager Dave Harris

Challenge C: Theater Arts / Fine Arts: Laugh Art Loud

Elementary:  North Salisbury School Flying Manatees, 3rd place at the State Tournament, 7th place among 92 teams for the Instant Challenge (Top 10 Globals recognition), 51st overall. Reagan Hockenbrock, Sheyene Brown, Johnnie Watkins, Katie Pilcher, Bill Pilcher and Da Hyun Son, team manager Mandy Hockenbrock

Middle Level: Salisbury Middle School DI-scoverers, 3rd place at the State Tournament, 36th place at Global Finals. Klaira Bievenour, Aman Shahzad, Carolyn Sidell, EunHa Yim and Katerina Yiannouris, team managers Ronna Bievenour and Abby Sidell

Challenge D: Improvisation/Theater Arts: Pandemonium. Wicomico Schools swept the top 3 places in the Maryland elementary competition.

Westside Intermediate School Funky Monkeys, 3rd place at the State Tournament, 32nd place at Global Finals. Makenzie Johnson, Ethan Baker, Luke Dean, Gavin Parker, Brennan Kaiser, Maya Matava and Cassidy O'Connell, team managers Jodi Reikard and Jen Parker

Pinehurst Elementary Olympic Improvers, 2nd place at the State Tournament, 42nd place at Global Finals. Peyton Bradford, Dane Stone, McKenna Serres, Noah White and Madelyn Benn, team manager Jodi Woods

North Salisbury School Flying Mustache Ponies, 1st place at the State Tournament, 7th place (Top 10 Global Finals recognition). Kilee Taylor, Sarah Forrestal, Sara Sadjadi, Osman Yaya and David Choi, team managers Andrea Taylor and Shannon Forrestal


2014 Maryland Arbor Day Poster Contest

In celebration of Maryland’s Arbor Day, the Maryland Urban & Community Forestry Council held the 2014 Maryland Arbor Day poster contest. The Theme was The Free State is the Tree State. The contest was open to fifth grade students across the state, and was sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service, in partnership with the Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards and the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Board of Education had a certificate of recognition for Kailey Overton, teacher Mrs. Mildred Johnson, North Salisbury Elementary, for being the 2nd place winner in the Maryland Arbor Day Poster Contest.


Wicomico County STEM Challenge

Students at all intermediate and middle schools designed and built devices to solve a grade-specific challenge in the 2nd annual Wicomico County STEM Challenge. The winners from each school competed head-to-head at the STEM Challenge County Finals on April 22. Certificates of recognition to the following teams for winning 1st place in the 2014 Wicomico County STEM Challenge:

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

Pinehurst Elementary– Ines Ventura, Sammy Kreutner, Grace Hao, Brandy Ramirez

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

Pemberton Elementary – Caleb Ashley, Dashiell Costello, Gabe Corrice

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

Pittsville Elementary – Mason Lewis, Brenden Fouts, Nicolas Rickards

6th Grade: Catapults

Salisbury Middle –  Mason Rekos, Elizabeth Rogers, James LeBaron

7th Grade: Sailboats

Salisbury Middle – Eun-Ha Yim, Carolyn Sidell, Allison Warrington

8th Grade: Mousetrap cars

Mardela Middle – Travis Bailey, Justin Long, James Suttmiller


Wicomico County Math 24 Game Tournament Winners

Wicomico County held its 8th annual Wicomico County Math 24 Game Tournament at Westside Intermediate School May 20. The 82 students represented 21 schools in the tournament, which was sponsored by community partner M&T Bank. This year M&T Bank donated $4,850 to the tournament for prizes and Math 24 Game materials. Certificates of recognition for achieving a 1st place finish in the 8th annual Wicomico County Math 24 Game Tournament went to:

Grade 1:  Christopher Jones, Charles H. Chipman Elementary

Grade 2:  Wesley Bailey, Chipman Elementary

Grade 3:  Gianluca Secondi, Westside Intermediate

Grade 4:  Liam Hornstein, Westside Intermediate

Grade 5:  Gauri Korde, Pemberton Elementary

Grade 6:  Ahmed Saqab, Bennett Middle

Grade 7:  Akrem Abdelwahab, Bennett Middle

Grade 8:  Kamar Hamad, Pittsville Middle


Outstanding Volunteers

Certificate of appreciation in recognition of the more than 48 hours of direct Chinese language and culture instruction for our students to Hao Hu. China has had the world’s fastest growing economy for almost 30 years and is predicted to surpass the U.S. economy as early as 2030. Having an appreciation for and understanding of Chinese language and culture can give students a competitive edge. This spring, this community volunteer taught Chinese language/culture lessons in all four middle schools.

Certificate of appreciation to Josh Merkel, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Salisbury University, for his countless hours and commitment to the students of Prince Street Elementary School. He visited the school twice a month to meet with 4th and 5th grade students during their lunch and recess to learn life skills as well as basketball skills in the Lunch Bunch Program. He donated countless hours educating student on leadership skills, improving self-discipline, overcoming obstacles, and creating positive peer relationships. He also engaged the men’s basketball team at Salisbury University in the effort.

Certificate of appreciation to Barbara Peach of Fruitland (“Gigi” as she affectionately known by the students) for time and dedication to Fruitland Primary of more than 100 days of volunteering this school year. She began the year by providing support in her grandson’s kindergarten classroom. She works with small groups of students, organizes and creates a positive classroom atmosphere, prepares materials, reads with students, stores materials, monitors lunch duty and does too many other things to mention. Her volunteerism expanded into the rest of the school, and recently she created class quilts to be auctioned in the PTA Spring Fair and assisted with the Resident Screenpainting Artist.


Carson Scholars

Each year, the Carson Scholars Fund recognizes a select group of high achieving students in Grade 4 and higher from around the country who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. With this honor, new Carson Scholars receive a $1,000 scholarship for college, funded by the world-renowned John Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, and his wife. In April, four Wicomico County Public School students were honored in front of family, peers and educators as new or renewed Carson Scholars:

Andrew Boltz, an 11th-grader at Mardela High School, new Carson Scholar

Andrew Donohue, a 9th-grader at Parkside High School, new Carson Scholar

Anna Long, a 6th-grade student at Bennett Middle School, second time

Myleah Lofland, a recent graduate of Wicomico High School, fifth time


Black History Club Academic Achievement Award, NASA Wallops Flight Facility

Certificate of recognition for receiving the Black History Club Academic Achievement Award from NASA Wallops Flight Facility to Tony White, Parkside High School 2014 graduate. A banquet was held in his honor to present this award based on his academic performance and his outstanding contributions to the community. He was in the top 30% of his class and maintained a 3.64 GPA. He maintained an Honor Roll record throughout his school education and excelled in Honors and college level course work. He is also involved in several sports. He won a summer internship at NASA this summer, competing against college-level applicants.


2014 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Certificate of achievement to Mr. Cory Boltz and the Mardela High School Symphonic Band and Warrior Marching Band & Bandfront for success at the 2014 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia on May 3rd and 4th:

Firefighters’ Parade: Top Small Band, Top Bandfront, Grand Champion among all middle, high and military bands competing

Grand Feature Parade: Top Small Band, 3rd highest score overall among all competing bands (including much larger bands)

The Mardela Warrior Marching Band & Band Front was also named the Sweepstakes Winner – grand champion of the entire Apple Blossom Festival – for the second straight year, for having the highest averaged scores in three events.


Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance Award

Certificate of achievement to Regina Rando, Principal of Willards Elementary School, for receiving a 2014 Alvin and Louise Myerberg Arts Leadership Recognition Award from the Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance, for outstanding leadership in arts education. Outstanding leaders in arts education, including two Wicomico principals, were recognized recently at the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance Recognition Awards Luncheon. One of those principals, Ms. Rando, received one of four 2014 Alvin and Louise Myerberg Arts Leadership Recognition Awards. She is respected by the educational community for her dedication and vision in arts education. Her vision can be seen in the culture of the school because the arts are essential components of the curriculum. An arts integration parade has become a cultural highlight both for the school and the community. The administration and teachers are firm believers in integrating the arts into all curricula, and with the principal’s guidance, the arts have been included as part of the annual School Improvement Plan.

Westside Intermediate Principal Jason Miller was also recognized for arts leadership at the state arts luncheon.


Unified State Invitational Tournament Champions

Wicomico County Public Schools is proud to partner with Special Olympics Maryland to offer Unified Sports seasons in the four high schools. Students with and without disabilities join to have fun, master the skills of a sport, and compete in tennis in the fall, strength and conditioning in the winter, and the spring sport of bocce.

The Parkside High School Unified Strength and Conditioning Team Gold won the gold medal in its division at the High School Invitational Tournament held on February 21st at Crown Sports in Fruitland. Teams competed in seven different athletic events showcasing strength, speed, jumping, agility and endurance. Parkside earned points in every event in which they competed to achieve the highest overall score.

Certificates of achievement to the following players and coaches of Parkside High School Team Gold for finishing first in the Unified Strength and Conditioning State Invitational Tournament:

Dylan Laing

Luke Pitsenbarger

Zachary Davis

Doug Ward

Jock Simon

Daniel Gianelle

Maria Gianelle

Makenzie Shreeves

Andrew Donohue

Mikayla Amey

Ian Brett

Mallory Wainwright

Head Coach Bruce Harrell

Assistant coaches Kim Pelot and Erica Amalfitano

In the spring sport of bocce, the Wicomico High team first won the district tournament to qualify for the state tournament. Once in the state tournament, the team was placed in Division 1 as a seven seed. Competing against teams from around the state, WiHi advanced to face Kent Island in the gold medal match. All of the players were on their game and more importantly the students showed a great deal of sportsmanship in their victories to finish first in the state. Certificates of achievement to the following players and coaches of the Wicomico High School Unified Bocce Team for finishing first in the Unified Bocce State Invitational Tournament:

Collin Passon

Lakela Miles

Zackary Eskridge

Joshua Walker

Brandon Garrison

Vladimir Tejada

Coaches: Greg Nay and Deirdre Walker


PTA Reflections State Winners

For four decades, the PTA Reflections art program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. Students were encouraged to create and submit works of art on the theme “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” The Wicomico County Council of PTAs holds a Reflections art contest for students in preschool through grade 12, and winners go on to the state level for judging. Certificates of recognition to the following students whose artwork received recognition at the state level of the PTA Reflections Art Contest:

Shadi Jahelka, Mardela High – Visual Arts - Award of Excellence

Jay Ledford, Salisbury Middle - Photography  - Award of Excellence


2014 Maryland State Solo & Ensemble Festival

Each April and May 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.  These Wicomico students chose to participate at the state-level festival and received a Superior rating – the highest rating available to a performer, at the highest level of competition. Certificates of achievement to:

Salisbury Middle: Ju-Young Park, violin, Ms. Ehrisman

Wicomico Middle:

Susan Graham, flute, Mrs. Hobbs

Duet of Quentin Workeman, clarinet, and Susan Graham, flute, Mrs. Hobbs

Mardela Middle and High:

Instructor Ms. Ehrisman:

Darbi Catlin, violin

Elizabeth Johnson, violin

Kayla Wolf, violin

Instructor Mr. Boltz:

Morgan McGee and Rachel Lewis, flute duets

Jennifer Warwick and Lauren Fox, clarinet duets

Erika Kohlhoff, French horn, accompanied by Kenneth Kohlhoff, piano

Hunter Wirt and Gary Hoehler, bell duet

Hunter Wirt, drum solo

Gary Hoehler, Malik Allen and Hunter Wirt, percussion trio

Allison Jones and Cassidy White, flute duet

Hailee Twigg, Kristina Shank and Emma Travers, flute trio

Duet of Gabrielle Franks, soprano sax, and Kenneth Kohlhoff, vibraphone

Samanatha Rozaieski and Andrew Boltz, brass duet

Andrea Cottingham and Mariah Sterrett, drum duet

James M. Bennett High: Christopher Sajadi, violin, Mrs. Burton

The following students represented the Wicomico County Visual and Performing Arts Program (Dr. Baer and Mr. Zaczkiewicz) as well as their high schools:

Lance Fisher, James M. Bennett High, vocalist

Katherine Ervin, Parkside High, vocalist

Dylan Gregg, Parkside High, vocalist

Jenna Miles, Wicomico High, vocalist

Will Davis, Parkside High, alto sax, Mr. Zaczkiewicz


2014 Congressional Art Competition

Certificate of recognition for placing 2nd in U.S. Rep. Andy Harris’ 2014 Congressional Art Competition to Visual and Performing Arts Program student Ye Jin Han of Parkside High. 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 their artwork for one year in the U.S. Capitol building, alongside the work of other contest winners from around the country. The Parkside VPA student finished 2nd in the Maryland 1st District competition, and came very close to having her work in the U.S. Capitol.


Finalist, EnergySMART Energy Innovator Award

Certificate of recognition for being named a finalist for the EnerNOC Inc. 2014 EnergySMART Energy Innovator Award to James Urbanski, Energy Manager, Wicomico County Schools Facility Service. Urbanski is the Energy Manager for the school system, overseeing the Energy Management/Controls Group. He monitors and manages the use of energy resources across all school system facilities to maintain budget and consumption targets while balancing the needs of customers and the demands of the energy market. Historical data on building performance is analyzed along with current energy use patterns to find additional opportunities for savings and for future improvements. Because of his work in this area, the school system has made significant improvements in our energy savings by working to maximize our energy performance He was a finalist for the Energy Innovator Award alongside energy staffers from much larger companies.


Guinness Book of World Records Attempt

Certificate of achievement to Dayquan Williams, the Wicomico High student from Parkside CTE Horticulture who planted 2,122 plants in 52 minutes and 21 seconds to attempt to earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The world record for the most bedding plants planted in one hour is 2,021, a record set by Steven Thorpe of the United Kingdom in 2006. The Horticulture Program at Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education was counting on Williams, with support from Horticulture classmates, to set the all-time record for the Guinness Book of World Records. The attempt made by the Parkside baseball field on May 1st has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records and a response is expected within a few weeks.


Finalist, Maryland Guidance Counselor of the Year

Certificate of recognition for being named a finalist for 2014 Maryland Guidance Counselor of the Year by the Maryland School Counselor Association to Charlene Creese, Parkside High School. This Parkside High School counselor has had a positive impact on the lives of students and the school. She goes above and beyond to help students reach success. She always makes it a point to follow up with her students so they know there is someone looking out for them, someone who cares about them. The motivation to help others and the initiative she demonstrates in her position is second to none. She sets high standards not only for our students but even more so for herself. She is a phenomenal counselor and a great team player who is always striving to improve her own knowledge and skills and share whatever she can with others.


Harlan Institute/ConSource National Virtual Supreme Court

Certificates of achievement to Dante Barnes and Peter Kim, the Wicomico High School students who placed 2nd in the National Virtual Supreme Court, sponsored by Harlan Institute and ConSource. The students had to first write an appellate court brief of a minimum of 2,000 words which summarized and supported their side of the National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning Corporation Supreme Court case which is currently being deliberated by the Supreme Court. After submitting their brief, and having it reviewed by the sponsors the students were then selected as semi-finalists, one of four pairs of students selected from across the country to make oral arguments. In the semi-final and then the final round, they presented their case in a 15-minute presentation/question session and a 5-minute rebuttal period, with three judges in a Google hangout. They were determined to be the 2nd place finishers in the final round and will be featured on the Harlan Institute and ConSource webpages. They also received an iPad.


WMDT Teachers Who Make a Difference

WMDT Teacher Who Makes a Difference recognition is given throughout each school year, sponsored by Accurate Optical. WMDT receives nominations and surprises recipients in their classrooms. The following Wicomico teachers were honored as WMDT Teachers Who Make a Difference during the 2013-2014 school year:

Mary Buchanan, Parkside High School Career & Technology Education, September 2013. “She is caring, loving, brilliant, and the most compassionate teacher I've ever had. She has taught me that you can do anything and everything you set your mind to…She started my career by helping me attain my nursing assistant certification, and now I'm in college fulfilling my dream.”

Vanessa Goldey, Delmar Elementary, October 2013. Ms. Goldey was a first-year teacher with a student whose father had terminal brain cancer, but she wasn’t daunted by the challenge of keeping the student focused on learning. In addition to engaging the student with hands-on instruction and memorable lessons, she organized several school-wide casual days to help the family with expenses. The student excelled and the family was grateful to have the support at a most difficult time.

Mary Lou Coffin, Wicomico High School, December 2013. “Mrs. Coffin has high expectations of her students, but can still be flexible and understanding with her students, instead of robotically and ignorantly counting that student as a ‘bad kid.’” She provides academic help, and goes above and beyond to put her students’ needs first.”

Kelly Brittingham, West Salisbury Elementary, April 2014. “My daughter just adores her and absolutely loves going to school. She has inspired her to want to become a teacher when she grows up. It’s nice to know that there are teachers out there who really care for their students as if they were their very own.”

Dr. Mark Bowen, Parkside High School Career & Technology Education, May 2014. “Dr. Bowen has inspired not only myself but hundreds of other students he interacts with on a daily basis…I have received both practical and real life experience through his teachings. Since enrolling in the Parkside High School CTE Criminal Justice program both my character and grades have improved tri-fold.” (Dr. Bowen’s nominator is a student who placed 1st in the state in SkillsUSA and will compete at the National SkillsUSA in June.)


“It’s Academic” Maryland Champion

Certificates of achievement to the members and coach of the James M. Bennett High School “It’s Academic” team that won the “It’s Academic” Maryland Championship:

Kieran Murphy

Spencer Tilghman

Kaya Manizade, captain

Coach: Philip Bock

James M. Bennett High School experienced great success on the “It’s Academic” television quiz show this year. In a series of matches taped for “It’s Academic,” team members demonstrated superior knowledge in the areas of art, literature, history, math, and science against elite teams from across the state of Maryland. From a field of 81 teams, the JMB team advanced through the playoffs to reach the final round. In a real nail-biter against strong teams from Pikesville and Howard JMB's team answered a clutch question at the buzzer to take the win. The final game will air June 28th on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV.  For winning the Maryland championship, James M. Bennett High received more than $5,000 in scholarship grants from Giant Food. The team went on to represent Maryland in regional and national academic competitions.


American Red Cross Delmarva Region Youth Club of the Year

Certificate of achievement to the Red Cross Rams, Parkside High School’s Red Cross Club, for being honored as the American Red Cross Delmarva Region Youth Club of the Year. The club, with advisors Joe Halowich and Allison Bannion, works on community service projects to support the school, the local community, the international community, the military, and the local Red Cross. This year with fundraising, the club raised $322 dollars for the international Measles and Rubella Initiative to provide vaccines for children in undeveloped countries, and raised $396 for our Red Cross to support local families in the club’s first Heroes Campaign Spin-a-thon. For outreach activities, 22 members volunteered 121 service hours at the MD Special Olympics State Soccer Championships, the club created 212 cards mailed to wounded veterans across the country for the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program, and members decorated a Christmas tree in the school’s SGA program for a local family. The officers gave a presentation at this year’s Red Cross Club Rally. The club was honored as the American Red Cross Delmarva Region 2014 Youth Club of the Year.