Honorees from the May 3 Awards & Recognitions Night
Board of Education Honors Outstanding Students, Staff, Programs at May 3 Awards & Recognitions Night
Posted on 05/05/2017
Congratulations to the outstanding students, teachers, staff, and programs recognized at the May 3 Board of Education Awards & Recognitions Night held at the James M. Bennett Auditorium. Please read on to learn more about their achievements. Photos are posted on the school system’s website (www.wcboe.org/news, in Photo Events) and on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wcboe).

Carson Scholars

The Carson Scholars Fund each spring recognizes a select group of high-achieving students from around the country in Grades 4 and higher who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. In April, seven students from Wicomico County Public Schools were honored in front of family, peers and educators as new or renewed Carson Scholars. 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, Candy Carson.

Certificates of achievement to these new 2017 Carson Scholars from Wicomico Schools:

Natalie Tull, 8th Grade, Wicomico Middle

Samantha Wiersberg, 11th Grade, James M. Bennett High

Certificates of recognition to renewed Carson Scholars:

Gia Bautista, 10th Grade, Wicomico High, for the 3rd time

Danielle Edwards, 9th Grade, Wicomico High, for the 2nd time

Riley Forrestal, 6th Grade, Bennett Middle, for the 2nd time

Anna Long, 9th Grade, James M. Bennett High, for the 5th time

Jaime Miller-Vail, 10th Grade, Parkside High, for the 3rd time


“If I Were Mayor, I Would ...” Essay Contest

Each year, the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors’ Association invite 4th grade students to participate in a statewide essay contest: “If I Were Mayor, I Would...” The contest gives students a chance to creatively use grade-specific language arts skills and civics/social studies knowledge while addressing topics such as environmental initiatives, citizen recognition, safety and education. The contest had 2,100 entries this year, including 169 from the district that includes Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties. Wicomico had the District 1 winner and two of the four district semifinalists.

Certificate of achievement to this year’s District 1 winner of the “If I Were Mayor, I Would …” Essay Contest, who will travel next week to Annapolis along with her teacher and family for a special recognition ceremony for district winners:

Evelyn Reeder, Northwestern Elementary, teacher Ms. Shupe.

Certificates of recognition to the semifinalists in the 2017 “If I Were Mayor, I Would …” Essay Contest:

Tiffany Colon, Northwestern Elementary, teacher Ms. Shupe

Mikayla Smith, Pittsville Elementary, teacher Ms. Jones


Young Authors Contest Regional and State Winners

Public and private school students in Wicomico County and surrounding counties are invited to participate in the Young Authors Contest sponsored by the Eastern Shore Reading Council and the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council. Students in grades 2 through 12 submit entries in the poetry and short story genres. A panel of judges selects the winners in the Eastern Shore regional contest. Wicomico students placed 1st in eight out of 22 categories. These 1st Place winners advanced to the state-level Young Authors Contest for judging.

Certificate of achievement for being named the 2nd Place winner in the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council Young Authors Contest, and a certificate of recognition for her 1st Place finish in the Eastern Shore Young Authors Contest, to:

Bella Thompsen, North Salisbury Elementary, Grade 3 Poetry

Certificates of recognition for these 2017 Eastern Shore Young Authors Contest 1st Place winners:

Grade 2 Short Story: Charlotte Malone, Pemberton Elementary

Grade 5 Poetry: Siddharth Ghosh, North Salisbury Elementary

Grade 6 Short Story: Carriona Goode, Bennett Middle

Grade 7 Short Story: Robyn Fielding-Jones, Mardela Middle

Grade 9 Poetry: Ivy Stoakley, Mardela High

Grade 11 Poetry: Rawan Osman, James M. Bennett High

Grade 11 Short Story: Christina Sun, James M. Bennett High


Wicomico Representative in the Maryland Day Flag Ceremony

Every year, Maryland Day is marked with a program in Historic St. Mary’s City, and each county is invited to send a representative to participate in the flag ceremony. The flag ceremony features students from each county presenting their county’s flag before a podium of dignitaries. Certificate of recognition for his service to his school, county and state on Maryland Day 2017 to Kaden Walsh, North Salisbury Elementary.


2017 Wicomico Teacher of the Year

The Board and Superintendent presented an engraved bronze apple sculpture to the 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year, Christen Tacka of Prince Street Elementary School. She was named Teacher of the Year on March 23 at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet.

Ms. Tacka spent 14 years as a teacher for Harford County Public Schools, then joined Wicomico Schools in 2009 as a Reading/English/Language Arts teacher at Mardela Middle and High. She has been an intervention teacher at Prince Street Elementary since 2012. As Wicomico Teacher of the Year, Ms. Tacka represents the more than 1,250 teachers of Wicomico County Public Schools and will participate in the 2017-2018 Maryland Teacher of the Year recognition program with 23 other outstanding teachers from across the state.  


AMC 8 Math Competition

The AMC 8 Math Competition is a national middle school competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). It provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. This year more than 100 students participated in a regional competition held at Salisbury University. Students took a 25-question, 40-minute examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.

Certificates of achievement for scoring in the top 5% of the nation:

David Choi and Simon Lewis, Bennett Middle School

Certificate of achievement for achieving a perfect score that earned him the top honor in the regional competition and placed him in the top 1% of the nation: 

Marvin Li, Bennett Middle School


National Wildlife Federation Certified Schoolyard Habitat

Through its Garden for Wildlife program, the National Wildlife Federation has recognized the Horticulture Program at Parkside High School Department of Career and Technology Education for its work in developing a Certified Schoolyard Habitat on campus. This habitat is a 3,000-square-foot, no mow corridor has been transformed into a thriving habitat with bee and bat boxes, bird houses, native forage, and clean water. The corridor divides and surrounds the Field Hockey and Football practice fields, so it’s an integral part of the Parkside school campus. This was a collaborative project supported by the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art Education Department, University of Maryland Eastern Shore STEM Extension, the Lower Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association, and Salisbury University Environmental Department staff and students.

Certificates of recognition for Horticulture program leadership in attaining Certified Schoolyard Habitat status to:

Students Nathan Adams, Ambria Hawkins, Stephenie Linton and Sierra Hixon

Instructor Jerry Kelley, on behalf of the Horticulture program


62nd Baltimore Science Fair

The 62nd Baltimore Science Fair was held on March 25th and 26th at Towson University, and Bennett Middle 8th grader Marvin Li was there to present his science project, in competition with 30 other middle school students in the Physical Science Category. Marvin’s project was titled, “Applying Machine Learning to Satellite Remote Sensing in the Chesapeake Bay.” 

Certificate of achievement for Marvin who, after two days of presentations and judging, was awarded 1st Place in the Middle School Physical Science Category at the Baltimore Science Fair. He received a number of other awards including:

NASA Earth System Science Award
1st Place Use of Statistical Methods by American Quality Society
Award of Merit by U.S. Army
National Science Academy’s Outstanding Use of Mathematics
Special Achievement Award by National Society of Black Engineers

Certificate of Achievement by U.S. Air Force
National Space Society Award


2017 Maryland State Geographic Bee

Three Wicomico students qualified for the Maryland State Geographic Bee, a qualifying affiliate for the National Geographic Bee. These students emerged as school winners in head-to-head competition with classmates, then scored high enough on a written test to qualify as one of 100 finalists from across the state. They competed in the March 31 Maryland State Geographic Bee at Maryland Public Television.

Certificate of recognition for participating in the 2017 Maryland State Geographic Bee to:  

Jayden Joseph, Grade 4, North Salisbury Elementary

Ryan Selser, Grade 7, Salisbury Middle

Matthew Waggoner, Grade 8, Wicomico Middle


2A State Athletic Champions: 4x800-Meter Relay

This school year the Parkside Boys 4x800-meter Indoor Track relay team became the first relay team in school history to win a state championship. The team consisted of four seniors who had never run the race together until the Bayside Championships. Certificates of achievement for these members of the Parkside 4x800 state champion relay team: Ramit Gupta, Ryan Shriver, Conner Houtman and Patrick Temple.

Sprinter Ryan was bumped up to the 800 the week before Baysides to exhaust all options for a winning lineup. The Parkside 4x800 team shocked everyone including the eventual 1A 4x8 state champions, Cambridge South Dorchester, by running away with the win in a Bayside Conference Championship record time of 8:29.50. They went on to win the 2A East Regional Championship and were the No. 1 seed going into the 2A State Championship.

The team executed a nearly perfect state championship race, as Ramit stayed right with the leaders in a very fast first leg, Ryan kept the team within striking distance, Conner brought Parkside to the front, and Patrick closed the deal. The team won with a time of 8:23.66, finishing nearly 2.5 seconds ahead of the 2nd Place team.


2017 MMEA Outstanding Career Music Teacher Award

Certificate of achievement to Mr. Douglas Miles, Band Director at James M. Bennett High School, for being honored by the Maryland Music Educators Association with the 2017 Outstanding Career Music Teacher Award of Excellence. He was honored at the MMEA luncheon on April 22.

He is a graduate of Salisbury State University, and began his teaching career at Wicomico Middle School in 1980. He has been the Band Director of James M. Bennett High School since 1999. His bands have consistently received superior ratings at district festivals, and have placed in the Top 10 of the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship for the past 15 years. He has served as an assistant director of the JMB Rock & Roll Revival since 2002. He is a past president of the Eastern Shore Band Directors Association and currently serves as its Festival Chair. Doug has served as a guest adjudicator and conductor of several middle and high school bands on the Eastern Shore. He is tireless in his efforts to educate his students, and 100-hour work weeks are a regular happenstance. He is a dedicated professional, a terrific motivator, a supportive colleague, and a friendly face for students at community performances and events.


NAMM Best Communities for Music Education

Best Communities for Music Education certificate presented to Mr. Beauchamp, on behalf of all Wicomico music educators, for Wicomico County Public Schools having once again been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the NAMM Foundation Survey. This was the 8th time in the past 11 years that Wicomico County Public Schools has been selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States, and the sixth consecutive year.

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation’s 18th annual Best Communities for Music Education survey 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 was one of only two school districts selected in the state of Maryland, and one of two recognized on Delmarva.

This recognition represents the excellence of Wicomico music educators and the music education curriculum, both of which support the excellence of our students. In presenting this recognition, the Superintendent and Board applaud the outstanding leadership and tireless advocacy for arts education of Mr. Beauchamp, Supervisor of Fine Arts for Wicomico County Public Schools. Mr. Beauchamp will be retiring June 30, leaving a wonderful legacy in music and arts education.

Wicomico County Public Schools has had a long list of state award-winning Wicomico music educators in recent years: Dollie Wright, Ronald Linkswiler, Todd Riddleberger, Janice Davis, Ginger Rizzi, Mae Higgins, Gary Hammer, Lillian Hoffman, Kevin Zaczkiewicz, Antoinette Daniel, Dr. Jeffrey Baer, Cory Boltz, Joan Brittingham, and Douglas Miles.



The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. This year two school-based teams competed in the regional competition of the Baltimore/Annapolis and Chesapeake Chapter held at Anne Arundel Community College. One Wicomico team and two individuals qualified to compete in the state competition at Johns Hopkins University.

Certificates of achievement for the MATHCOUNTS team from Salisbury Middle School, which placed 3rd at the regional competition and participated in the state competition: Team members are Yoonha Nam, Rosy Gao, Liam Hornstein and Noah Hornstein, with coach Dr. Glenn Hornstein

Certificates of achievement for individuals qualifying for the state competition:

Tanner Bails, Mardela Middle

Yoonsuh Nam, Salisbury Middle


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, “What the World Gains from Optimism”. After a county competition involving more than 70 students, the county finals were held with 10 girls and 10 boys. The top girl and boy winners from this level went on to compete in the Optimist Zone 4 competition, where one Wicomico student won to advance to the District competition that was held in Ocean City April 28.

Certificate of recognition to the county boys winner in the 2017 Optimist Club of Salisbury’s Optimist Oratorical Contest:

Michael Klos, Mardela High

Certificate of achievement to the Wicomico County 1st place winner in the Girls Division, the 2017 Optimist Oratorical Contest Zone 4 girls winner, and the 2nd Place finisher in the Optimist District contest:

Aman Shahzad, James M. Bennett High


Boy Scout Eagle Award

The Boy Scout 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 the boys who join a Boy Scout Troop earn the award. It’s an honor held for life. The Superintendent and Board were pleased to have present for this recognition Mr. Tom Smith, chairman of the District Eagle Board of Reviews for the Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Certificates of achievement to current Wicomico County students who have attained the Boy Scout Eagle Award in the past year:

James M. Bennett High: Jacob Berman, Brady Burton-Ziara, Logan Bynum

Parkside High: Christopher Filippelli, Angelo Giarratano, Patrick Temple

Wicomico High: Douglas Buck

The Board and Superintendent extend congratulations to several 2016 graduates who earned their Eagle Award last summer: Joaquin Calderon and Alexander Jones of Parkside, and Richard Duncan, Clark Mitchell and Josh Robinson of James M. Bennett High.


Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition

Salisbury University’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department’s 33nd annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition was sponsored by Delmarva Power and was held in November at Salisbury University. High schools from around the Eastern Shore participated in this competition that tests the math and problem-solving skills of students in team and individual events. Certificate of recognition to Luke Murphy, James M. Bennett High, who placed 3rd in the individual competition at the 2016 Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition.


STEMCON 2017 Excellence in STEM Education

STEMCON 2017 – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Convention – brought together leading experts and researchers from around the United States in Cleveland last month to focus on topics that impact K-12 STEM education. Every year, leaders in STEM education are recognized for their innovation and leadership in the area of STEM education. This year’s honorees for Excellence in STEM Education are Dr. Chad Pavlekovich, Jenny Bernardi and Jeremiah Mowen, the lead teachers on “The Innovator Team.” The STEM program they established at Salisbury Middle School in 2009 was recognized as one of the most innovative STEM middle school programs in the country at The First Educational Technology Conference in 2015. The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) has published their articles on the application of STEM at the middle school level. The state of Maryland has recognized the exceptional educators of the Innovator Team as Master Teachers in STEM education.


American Geosciences Institute Edward C. Roy Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching

The American Geosciences Institute presented the Edward C. Roy Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching each year to an elementary or middle school teacher who has demonstrated his or her ability to teach exemplary Earth science lessons. Dr. Chad Pavlekovich of Salisbury Middle School was one of just three national finalists for this award based on his innovative and unique approach to Earth Science instruction. Dr. Pavlekovich challenges students academically by integrating hands-on projects that require higher level thinking and exploration. Some of these related to Earth Science are the development of an Augmented Reality 3D sandbox which provides students the opportunity in real time to explore geologic and geographic features. Students use tools to answer the question, “How does an active earth affect the diversity of life?” Dr. Pavlekovich is a true pioneer in STEM education, incorporating 3D printers, digital scanners, The Cracked Beaker Blog, Raspberry pi micro-computers, littlebits, and Lego Mindstorm within his lessons. Dr. Pavlekovich identifies learning objectives and clearly communicates these to his students. Instruction is enhanced with effective use of technology, demonstrations, real world applications, and hands-on activities.


Maryland General Assembly Page Program

Each year, some 120 student pages and 36 alternates are selected by local school systems to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Page Program. This program provides students with valuable, hands-on experience for two non-consecutive weeks into the day-to-day intricacies of the legislative process in either the House of Delegates or the Maryland Senate. In Wicomico County, a panel of teachers and parents from each of the county’s high schools interviewed page applicants who met the academic requirements and expressed an interest in government and politics, and selected pages and an alternate. Certificates of recognition to the 2017 Maryland General Assembly student pages from Wicomico County Public Schools:

Jung Oh, Wicomico High

Ahmed Ahmed, Parkside High


Salisbury Poetry Week/Eastern Shore Voices

Certificate of recognition for Ms. Tara Elliott of Salisbury Middle School for creating Salisbury Poetry Week and Eastern Shore Voices. She has long been a dedicated and creative English Language Arts teacher, and last year she was honored as the 2016 Educator Luminary in the Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries’ Light of Literacy Awards. This school year she made it her mission to instill a sense of community and place about the Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula through poetry. She secured grant funding through the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Salisbury University’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning, and community sources to fund a weeklong focus on poetry March 31-April 6, and engaged both adult and youth voices through a variety of events held as part of Eastern Shore Voices. She worked with Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day to have a proclamation of Salisbury Poetry Week, which will now be celebrated every April.

One of the events during the first Salisbury Poetry Week was a March 31st reading at Salisbury University by James Arthur, poet, author, and Writing Seminars Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He had more than 25 poets eager to join him in presenting Eastern Shore Voices. One of the seven selected poet readers that night was Tisha Jasmine, a senior at James M. Bennett High and a student at Salisbury University. Certificate of recognition for Tisha, whose full name is Dhritisha Chakraborty, the only youth poet selected for this honor.


National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist

The National Merit Scholarship Award Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Students are recognized on the basis of their outstanding ability and potential for academic success in college, as measured by the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes 15,000 outstanding students nationwide as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. That’s less than 1% of the 1.6 million students who participate in the program each year, so it’s a high honor to be in this group. Certificate of achievement for Nick Selser, James M. Bennett High for being named a Finalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Many National Merit Finalists receive scholarships, and that announcement will come on May 10.


2017 Maryland Science Olympiad

The 2017 Maryland Science Olympiad was held on April 8 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Wicomico County was represented by a team from James M. Bennett High. Certificates of recognition for three pairs of students who placed in their events:

Invasive Species – 7th Place: Savannah Scott and Michael Avanessian

Electric Vehicles – 3rd Place: Chris Avanessian and Banuja Munasinghe

Wind Power – 2nd Place: Chris Avanessian and Rebecca Lassey

Certificate of recognition for the JMB STEM team, presented to team advisor and Science teacher Ms. Audrey Moshfeghian, for representing James M. Bennett High and Wicomico Schools on the state level.


WBOC/Mountaire Farms Scholar Athletes

Mountaire Farms and WBOC-TV partner to present the WBOC/Mountaire Farms Scholar Athlete Award each month throughout the school year. The award recognizes either a male or female senior athlete from one Delmarva high school. The selected scholar athlete must carry a B average or higher and participate in at least two varsity sports in the calendar year. Their coaches must support their nomination for this award based on outstanding sportsmanship and superior ability in athletic competition. In addition to their outstanding performance in athletics and their stellar achievements in academics, honorees are chosen for the leadership they show in school, in sports, and in the community.

Certificates of recognition to these two WBOC/Mountaire Farms Scholar Athlete Award honorees:

From October 2016: Mikayla Amey, Parkside High. Mikayla plays varsity soccer and tennis.

From February 2017: Daegan Lappin, Mardela High. Daegan is on the varsity teams for track, cross country, and indoor track.


Inaugural WCBOE and WCPS Race for Wellness & Literacy

This spring the school system’s Wellness Committee created a 5K Race Committee to engage employees and the community in the first ever Wicomico County Board of Education Race for Wellness & Literacy. The effort grew from a suggestion by Vince Pavic, a committed runner and the Director of Human Resources for Wicomico Schools. The committee took his suggestion and ran with it, creating an event with a 5k run, 1-mile fun walk, and a wellness fair in Salisbury City Park on April 7. The committee collaborated with the City of Salisbury, Wicomico Public Libraries, Wicomico County and Salisbury University to put together the event for more than 100 participants and raised more than $1,000. In addition, the event was an opportunity for people to donate books for young readers in the community and in Wicomico schools in connection with the Salisbury Book Festival. Book donations will be accepted around Wicomico County through May 20. This book drive is taking place in memory of the late Salisbury University professor Dr. Ernie Bond. Certificates of recognition for creating a race which the school system hopes to make an annual event to:

Nick Thompson, Allison Bannon, Dr. Harlan Eagle, Dustin Thomas, Chris Okerblom, Brooke Barnes, Laura Bounds, Elizabeth Adams, and Vince Pavic

Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Finals

The Poetry Out Loud Contest was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to bring into the English classroom the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater. Students hone their public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. This school year, more than 9,300 Maryland students and 250 teachers in 46 schools and 14 counties participated in the Maryland Poetry Out Loud program. Certificate of achievement for Nick Selser, James M. Bennett High. He was among the strongest 10 students who advanced through a series of school and regional competitions to reach the Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Finals held at the Baltimore Museum of Art on March 18. He achieved a 3rd Place finish in the 2017 Maryland Poetry Out Loud contest.


Outstanding Student Service and Leadership

Certificate of recognition for outstanding student service and leadership in founding the Mardela Middle and High School Red Cross Club and establishing the Betty Turner Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Zoey DiPasqua, Mardela Middle. In February, this 7th-grader started working on ways to honor a mentor and dear friend, Betty Turner. Betty was an icon in the Lower Eastern Shore nursing community from 1959 until 2013. She was a trailblazer in nursing education by being one of the first Master's prepared nurses on the shore, as well as helping to develop the Emergency Medical System coordination with Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Zoey honored her legacy by founding a Red Cross Club at her school. She serves as the club’s Public Relations Coordinator. On April 4 the Greater Chesapeake Region Delmarva Chapter of the Red Cross honored her as the founder of the Mardela Middle and High Red Cross Club.

Zoey went on to establish the Zoey DiPasqua Endowment for the Betty Turner Memorial Nursing Scholarship to help others follow in the path Betty Turner blazed. She started the scholarship with a $1,000 donation from her personal savings and now has to raise $10,000 for the endowment in order for the scholarship to be awarded in perpetuity. However, with this initial $1,000 donation from Zoey, the first scholarship of $500 will be awarded in the Spring of 2018 to an Honors Nursing student at Salisbury University with a 3.5 GPA or higher, per the criteria that Zoey established.

Zoey hopes to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and medical school in the future, with the goal of being a career Navy medical officer specializing in cardio-thoracic surgery.


Certificates of recognition for the six James M. Bennett High seniors who organized the Everything Beautiful Benefit Concert to raise money for the Natalie Insley Memorial Scholarship Fund: Nick Selser, Sarah Messick, Christopher Sajadi, Alicen Siegmund, Mason Olinde, and Thomas Long.

Earlier this year, a scholarship fund was created at James M. Bennett High School to carry on the legacy and spirit of the late Natalie Insley, who would have been part of the Class of 2017. At least two Natalie Insley Memorial Scholarships will be given out for the first time this spring. To help fund the scholarships on an ongoing basis, these six seniors at James M. Bennett High planned, coordinated, promoted, and were responsible for the April 1 Everything Beautiful Benefit Concert at Headquarters Live. The event raised more than $12,000, including donations received from local businesses. The concert was a huge success that engaged the community and positively impacted many JMB students and the Insley family. Natalie embodied the ideals of the school’s Clippers Choose Love initiative, as did these students who acted out of the kindness of their hearts to honor her memory in a way that will help others.


Certified Master Athletic Administrators

Certificates of achievement for two staff members who are leaders for the athletic program in Wicomico County Public Schools have successfully completed the lengthy certification process for Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA): Bryan Ashby, Supervisor of Athletics, and Irwin “Stosh” Schtierman, Athletic Director Liaison for Wicomico Schools. CMAA status is the highest level of certification that the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association (NIAAA) gives. They were recognized at the association’s annual conference held in Nashville. The arduous process involved many training courses, presentations and a major project. Their dedication and expertise continue to benefit the athletes and athletic programs of Wicomico County Public Schools.



The NCF-Envirothon sponsored by the National Conservation Foundation is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition. In Maryland, schools compete at the regional level to earn the privilege of attending and competing at the state and national levels. The Maryland Eastern Region Envirothon was held on April 11, and Wicomico County was represented by a team from Parkside High. The team did extremely well, finishing in 2nd Place overall and earning a spot at the state Envirothon, which will be held June 15-16 at Camp Pecometh. In addition to the 2nd Place overall finish, the Parkside team won 1st place in the categories of Soils, Forestry, and Wildlife.

Certificates of recognition to these Parkside High School Envirothon Team members for their outstanding performance at the 2017 Maryland Science Olympiad:

Abubaker Ahmed, Ellie Beck, Natalie Kirwan, Madison McLaren, Ellen Wittmyer, and Ms. Brittany Wilson, Parkside teacher and team advisor


Maryland CTE Award of Excellence: Outstanding Change Agent

Certificate of achievement for Mr. Joe Showacre for receiving the Maryland CTE Award of Excellence: Outstanding Change Agent. The Collision Repair program Mr. Showacre leads at Parkside CTE prepares students to excel in multiple facets of the collision repair industry. Collision Repair students complete the program 100% of the time, and 100% of his students graduate. He successfully combines academic and industry instruction, providing interdisciplinary learning opportunities. He has extended his own learning through participation in monthly Superintendent Roundtable meetings, and led the entire school system into raising funds for our community through WBOC’s Bless Our Children campaign. He is a past High School Finalist for Wicomico Teacher of the Year.

Parkside CTE is a full service collision repair facility and annually repairs and refinishes on average 140 vehicles. Students benefit by being pushed to excel in an industry specific and ever-changing field of study. The collision repair program is an EPA certified “GreenShop” for following the best available environmental practices, is an EPA Rule 40 CFR compliance facility, and is an ASE certified and NATEF approved program. Mr. Showacre reached out to DuPont to explore the use of waterborne finishes as an alternative to solvent based paints and finishes – better for students, better for the environment. This honor could not have happened to a better teacher and advocate for students.


2016-2017 Wicomico County Math League

The Wicomico County Mathematics League is an ongoing competition that is designed to test math and problem-solving skills of students. This year, for the first time, students in grades 7 and 8 also participated in Math League. Recognitions were given to the top school and county performers and teams for the 2016-2017 Wicomico County Mathematics League in the Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity divisions.


Middle School Math League


Top Scorers for each school:

Bennett Middle: Simon Lewis

Mardela Middle: Tanner Bails

Pittsville Middle: Simon Jeong

Salisbury Middle: Noah Hornstein

Wicomico Middle: Aubri Hill


Top Scorers in the county:

1st Place: Simon Lewis, Bennett Middle

2nd Place: Marvin Li, Bennett Middle

3rd Place: Noah Hornstein, Salisbury Middle


School trophy for the top team in the 2016-2017 Middle School Math League: Salisbury Middle School math team, coached by Mr. Michael Minner.


High School Junior Varsity


Top Scorers for each school:

James M. Bennett High: Michael Avanessian and Yeongju Lee

Mardela High: Alyssa Collins

Parkside High: Usra Alaraki

Wicomico High: Arooj Iqbal


Top Scorers in the County:

1st Place tie: Michael Avanessian and Yeongju Lee, James M. Bennett High

3rd Place: Lauren Illa, James M. Bennett High


School trophy for the top team in the 2016-2017 Junior Varsity Math League: the James M. Bennett High JV math team, coached by Ms. Robin Acton.


High School Varsity


Top Scorers for each school:

James M. Bennett High: Christina Sun

Mardela High: Bryce Bond

Parkside High (3-way tie): Andrew Duck, Adit Abraham, Daniel Arroyo-Flores 

Wicomico High: Steve Lee


Top Scorers in the county:

Four-way tie for 1st Place:  

Bryce Bond, Mardela High and Andrew Duck, Adit Abraham and Daniel Arroyo-Flores, Parkside High


School trophy to the team scoring the highest number of points in this year’s Varsity Math League meets: The James M. Bennett Varsity team, coached by Mr. Keith Donoway.