News Release, Calvert County Public Schools

The Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) awarded the 2020 Felix Simon Award for Leadership and Service to both Plum Point and Southern Middle Schools. The award is not a competition among councils, but rather a set of criteria for all school student councils to use to enhance leadership, service, and student empowerment within their schools. The schools completed an extensive application reflecting on their work throughout the year to earn this honor.

Jordan Hayes, a 7thgrader at Southern Middle School, received the MASC Student Leadership Award, which recognizes students who make a difference through their leadership and extraordinary commitment to improving the school or community while excelling in their academic pursuits.

Desira Kelly of Plum Point Middle won the MASC Middle School Advisor of the Year award, given in honor of the special contributions of middle school advisors in promoting involvement at the school, regional, and state levels, thereby inspiring young leaders to become involved in MASC early on.

Locally, the Calvert Association of Student Councils (CASC) elected officers for the 2020-21 school year via online voting while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The incoming officers are:

President—Thomas Foulkes, Huntingtown High, rising 11thgrader

First Vice President—Destiny Lewis, Northern High, rising 11thgrader

Second Vice President—Madelynn Kelly, Plum Point Middle, rising 8thgrader

Treasurer—Maggie Rathgeb, Northern High (next year), rising 9thgrader

Secretary—Paige Plater, Northern High (next year), rising 9thgrader

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “Congrats, especially to Jordan and Mrs. Kelly for this special state-wide recognition.I love working with these students. I meet with CASC on a monthly basis, and I know the new officers to be outstanding students and thoughtful leaders.”

Two schools won CASC’s annual Student Government Association (SGA) awards. The perennially strong Northern Middle council was named the Middle School SGA of the Year for the sixth time, and Northern Middle’s Athena Lewis is the Middle School Advisor of the Year, also for the sixth time. Northern High won the High School SGA of the Year award under the guidance of Theresa Jackson, who was named High School Advisor of the Year, both for the second consecutive year.

CASC advisor Scott Goldstein, a social studies teacher at Patuxent High, said, “I am proud to work with such a caring and dedicated group of student leaders and student government advisors. These prestigious awards are proof of their commitment to student leadership and to improving our school, our community, and the state of Maryland.


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