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The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners recognized the 2018 Citizens Academy graduating class for their recent participation in the nine-week program that offered residents an in-depth look at how county government works. The participants attended an informative, fast-paced, program every Thursday evening from Jan. 11 through March 8, from 6-9 p.m. The free initiative featured site visitsand discussions with county employees who gave residents a unique insight into their daily work.

“It truly is an honor and a privilege to be able to do this,” said County Administrator Terry Shannon. “They were a wonderful class. They were passionate as well and they asked great questions and were very attentive.”

This year’s academy had a total of 20 participants, 11 of which will receive continuing education units from the College of Southern Maryland. Pictured with the board from left are Dorothy Hill, Stephen E. Cherry, Sr., Jamie Spaulding, William H. Wright, Helenmary Ball, Kathy G. Padgett (front center), Julian Ball, Mina Kim, Lillian J. Lopez, Eric B. Hiltpold and Sheebah Smith.