The Board of Education at its Feb. 13 meeting honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for outstanding accomplishments in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were D’Kairi Boone, Adrienne Rae Briones, Noah Hyson, Dakota Knott, Nehemiah Strawberry and Kayleigh Stewart.

Boone is an eighth grader at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. He was honored before the Board in the area of academic achievement. Boone is an honor roll student and role model for his peers. Boone has received honor roll grades since he was in the third grade. He is also on the Principal’s Honor Roll at Stoddert. Since the start of the school year, he has received all A’s and receives positive praise from his teachers. Boone is a leader among his classmates and goes out of his way to help those in need. He demonstrates a daily commitment to learning and is a student with a bright future.

Briones is a fourth grader at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School. She was recognized before the Board for her accomplishments in the area of personal responsibility. Her teachers describe her as an enthusiastic learner who consistently goes beyond daily classroom expectations. Briones completes all assignments on time and works hard to ensure she gives 100 percent to learning. She is working to achieve Principal’s Honor Roll status and helps to lead a positive environment in the classroom. Barnhart’s school motto is “Work Hard and Be Kind.” Briones was selected for recognition by Barnhart staff because they feel she is a great example of a student who embodies the school motto.

Hyson is a fifth-grade student at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School. He was honored by the Board in the area of career readiness. He demonstrates academic excellence in the classroom and is a role model student. Hyson is consistently named to the honor roll and Principal’s Honor Roll for outstanding achievements in the classroom. He is also involved in extracurricular activities at Dr. Brown, including the math team, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA), Lego robotics and the STEAM club. Hyson wants to be a microbiologist and has already researched how to achieve his career goal.

Knott is a senior at Henry E. Lackey High School. She was chosen for recognition by the Board in the area of academic achievement. Knott is enrolled in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical program and is currently ranked among the top 5 percent of seniors in her class. She has taken 10 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and maintains a grade-point average above a 4.0. She is secretary of the Student Government Association, captain of the envirothon team and member of the National Honor Society, yearbook staff, Model Congress and environmental club. Knott is also a member of the softball team. Outside of school, she is a youth activist for childhood cancer research and participates in car washes and trunk-or-treat events.

Stewart is a fifth grader at T.C. Martin Elementary School. She was recognized before the Board in the area of personal responsibility. She is an exceptional student who is highly regarded by her teachers. She is a self-motivated learner who displays high academic achievement in all areas. Stewart is known for her work ethic, kind demeanor and positive influence in the classroom. She is a member of the math team, MESA and participates in the school band. Stewart’s fifth-grade teacher describes her as an outstanding student who loves math and helping her peers.

Strawberry is an eighth grader at John Hanson Middle School. He was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. He is an outstanding student and maintains an A average. He is enrolled in the Scholars Course of Study and takes enrichment level classes in algebra and Spanish. Strawberry is known by his teachers as a student who excels in the classroom and school activities. He is a member of MESA, Destination Imagination (DI), the morning announcement team, volleyball team and plays the viola in the school orchestra. Strawberry is also a leader among his peers and serves as vice president of the Educators Rising club and president of the National Junior Honor Society. He plans to attend college and study either industrial engineering or education.

The Board each month honors outstanding CCPS students and staff for outstanding accomplishments and exemplary achievements. Principals select one student and staff member annually for recognition before the Board. 

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and 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 programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Patricia Vaira, 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 Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.