Board of Directors honors outstanding employees for their commitment to students – Charles County Public Schools


At its December 14 meeting, the Board of Education honored four students from Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). School principals annually select a student and staff member for board recognition. Students are honored for their accomplishments in the areas of academic success, career preparation, and personal responsibility.

At the meeting were honored Lewis Benton of Mary B. Neal Elementary School; Jace Williams of Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School; Demetri Hicks of Mattawoman Middle School; and Martin Spinner from North Point High School.

Benton is a fifth-year student at Neal who has been recognized in the career preparation field. He’s been a student at Neal since grade two and, looking at his report card comments, his teachers have often said the same positive things about him. He is caring and kind, he works hard and perseveres. Benton loves to be challenged, he thinks outside the box and is a critical thinker who always strives for excellence. “These characteristics will help Lewis succeed in college and high school, and in college. These are definitely characteristics employers look for when hiring a new employee, ”said Deborah Brown, director of Neal. Benton wants to be an engineer or a scientist. He thinks that one of the things that may have influenced him is that his great-grandfather was a scientist. “He wants to be the kind of engineer or scientist who helps with things. He doesn’t want to build things like nuclear bombs that could hurt people. Lewis wants to find ways to solve problems using what we have, and he thinks it’s important to take care of the little things right away, because the little things can turn into big things, ”said Brown. In his spare time, Benton plays soccer and basketball, enjoys playing video games, and is a member of the school orchestra. “Don’t look too far into the past or into the future.” Benton tells Brown. “Just stay in the moment. Time is passing. ”

Williams is a fifth-grade student at Mitchell who has been recognized in the area of ​​personal responsibility. He’s in his sixth year at Mitchell, having started kindergarten. Each year, Williams has been one of the top performing students. Last year Williams finished fourth year with all A’s and the best scores for all performance indicators on his report card. Williams is already thinking about his future. He hopes to combine his hobbies with a career. “I’m in the game, so I want to be a software engineer,” Williams said. It’s a perfect line of work for someone with their work ethic and attitude, said manager Nicholas Adam. Outside of school, Williams enjoys playing sports, including her favorite, soccer. He enjoys going out to eat with his family and names his favorite restaurant Sakura. He also enjoys playing with his father and brother. Williams knows it is important to be someone that others can count on. “I know doing the right thing is important,” he said. “Jace is a great kid. I and his teachers at Mitchell agree that he deserves to be recognized for showing personal responsibility every day, ”said Adam.

Hicks is an eighth grade student at Mattawoman who has been recognized in the academic achievement field. He has been attending Mattawoman since sixth year and is entered on the Honor Roll every year. Hicks said he liked school. His teachers said it was an “absolute joy” to have him as a student. Virtual education has proven to be a challenge for Hicks, he said. He missed the interaction and direct instruction of his teachers in the classroom. While he persevered during virtual learning, he returned to school focused and dedicated. This is evidenced by an excellent first trimester report card. He is a member of the Student Government Association and the Robotics Club. He considers science his favorite subject and hopes to become an automotive engineer.

Spinner is a senior in North Point who has been recognized in the field of academic achievement. In the classroom, Spinner takes on and surpasses all challenges entrusted to him and is highly respected by his peers. He excels in the Construction Design Management program and after high school he plans to attend college to pursue architectural engineering studies. Teachers describe Spinner as positive and inspiring. Put simply, said principal Daniel Kaple, Spinner is a good, hardworking and versatile student. Spinner motivates his classmates to keep going high even when they are discouraged. Spinner is active in the North Point Track and Field program and has shone as a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams since he was a freshman. “Martin is a dedicated athlete who trains hard to reach his season goals,” said coach Debra Hall. Spinner was a member of the 4x200m relay in the 2021 outdoor season that helped North Point win the Charles County and 3A Regional Championship titles. Spinner was also second in the 3A State Meet. His upcoming senior indoor and outdoor seasons promise to be even more exciting as he wraps up his athletic career. “Martin is the full package and has a bright future ahead of him,” said North Point manager Daniel Kaple.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provide an academically challenging education for 27,000 K-12 students. Located in southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that provide technologically advanced, progressive, high-quality education that builds character, prepares leadership, and prepares students for life, careers and life. ‘Higher Education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its employment programs, activities or practices. For any inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX / ADA / Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX / ADA / Section 504 Coordinator (employees / adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L Starkey Administration Bâtiment, BP 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610 / 301-870-3814. For special accommodations, call 301-934-7230 or TTY 1-800-735-2258 two weeks before the event.

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