News Release, Charles County Public Schools

Seventeen Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students were honored May 14 with Ruth Ann Hall Champion Scholar Awards. The Board of Education and the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) presented the awards to the students at the Board of Education meeting.

The awards program is for students at the middle-school level and recognizes honorees for a commitment to academics, classroom improvement and modeling positive behavior. School administrators and teachers nominate students for the awards program.

The following students were honored.

  • Deonta Greer, sixth grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School;
  • Nicholas Fink-Mellerson, seventh grade, Davis;
  • Jaylen Chisley, eighth grade, Davis;
  • Mauricio Flores-Soto, sixth grade, John Hanson Middle School;
  • Naydelin Lemus-Mendez, seventh grade, Hanson;
  • Diamond Venson, eighth grade, Hanson;
  • Chinemerem Nwigwe, sixth grade, Matthew Henson Middle School;
  • Charlene Carlos, seventh grade, Henson;
  • Cornelius Dukes, eighth grade, Henson;
  • Nayeli Lovo Guevara, eighth grade, Mattawoman Middle School;
  • Edwin Urias Santa Maria, eighth grade, Mattawoman;
  • Axe Velasquez Martinez, eighth grade, Mattawoman;
  • Samantha Best, seventh grade, Milton M. Somers Middle School;
  • Ky’Mari Bowman, sixth grade, General Smallwood Middle School;
  • Christopher Pikolycky, eighth grade, Smallwood;
  • Devontae Russell, sixth grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School; and
  • Jamiya Price, eighth grade, Stoddert.

The award winners are chosen by an EACC committee from a pool of student nominees. The award was established by the EACC as a memorial to Ruth Ann Hall, who had a 20-year career as a teacher in Charles County.

Hall is a former EACC president and received the Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in 1986. During her career with CCPS, Hall taught at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy elementary schools, and at Mattawoman Middle School.

The award recognizes middle school students in recognition of Hall’s last teaching assignment at the middle-school level. Honorees receive a certificate of recognition and gift card for use at a local bookstore. 

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