Board of Education Recognitions- April 12, 2016

Last Updated on Apr 13, 2016 at 9:53am |

The Garrett County Board of Education acknowledged several recognitions at its recent Board meeting on April 12, 2016.
President’s Volunteer Service Award – Samantha Wilt
Mrs. Monica Rinker, Board Vice President, recognized Samantha Wilt, 8th grade student at Northern Middle School, for being awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her exemplary volunteer service. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Northern Middle School nominated Samantha for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.
Karen DeVore, principal of Northern Middle School, says “Samantha Wilt is one of the busiest people I know. She is always willing to help anyone in need and does so with a smile on her face. She is very deserving of this award.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria which include personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and, personal growth.
Pictured:  Mrs. Monica Rinker, Board Vice President; Samantha Wilt, 8th grader; and Mrs. Karen DeVore, Northern Middle School Principal.
Carson Scholars – Lauryn Bishoff, Samantha Wilt, and Alexandra Miller
Mr. Thomas Carr, Board member, recognized 3 students from Garrett County Public Schools for being named as 2016 Carson Scholars:  Lauryn Bishoff, a 5th grade student at Broad Ford Elementary School, Samantha Wilt, an 8th grade student at Northern Middle School, and Alexandra Miller, a 12th grade student at Northern Garrett High School.
Each year the Carson Scholars Fund recognizes a select group of high achieving students in grades 4-12 who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. Students receive a $1,000 college scholarship award in addition to being named “Carson Scholar”. They are also awarded an Olympic sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments. These recognized winners have maintained high academic standards and a strong commitment to their communities.
To celebrate their accomplishments, the students were recognized by Dr. Ben Carson at the annual awards ceremony on April 10, 2016, at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland.
Pictured:  Mr. Thomas Carr, Board Member; Samantha Wilt, 8th grader; Alexandra Miller, 12 grader; and Lauryn Bishoff, 5th grader.
Intel ISEF International Science Fair Participant – Alexandra Miller
Mr. Matthew Paugh, Board member, recognized Alexandra Miller, 12th grade student at Northern High School, for being selected as a finalist for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
At the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair on April 2, 2016, Alexandra, was selected as a finalist for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). This year's fair included over 1,200 students, over 1,000 projects, and over 100 schools. Only four finalists from the over 1,200 participants were selected to attend the international fair in Phoenix, Arizona, May 8-13, 2016. This is a first time accomplishment for Garrett County Public Schools in the Pittsburgh regional fair. Alexandra, as well as the other 3 finalists, will receive an all-expense paid trip to compete in the international fair.
Pictured:  Mr. Matthew Paugh, Board Member, and Alexandra Miller, 12th grader at Northern High School.

Northern Garrett High School Marching Band, Concert Band, and Chorus
Mrs. Cynthia Downton, Board member, recognized the Northern Garrett High School Marching Band, Concert Band, and Chorus for their accomplishments.
The Northern High School Band earned 1st place awards in the Tournament of Bands performances last fall at Preston High School, Allegany High School and Southern High School, as well as capturing its third Chapter Championship in the last 4 years at Keyser High School. In January, the Concert Band, Concert Chorus, Marching Band, and Color Guard traveled to Orlando, Florida, where they performed in a Music Festival, hosted by Worldstrides Onstage Performances, and a feature parade at Walt Disney World. The Concert Band received a Gold-Superior Award, and the Concert Chorus received a Silver-Excellent Award.
As a result of the Music Department's performance on this trip, the department was invited to the Worldstrides Onstage Festival to be held next January, 2017, as part of the Presidential Inauguration festivities.
Pictured:  Mrs. Cynthia Downton, Board Member; Duane Salisbury, Band and Music Teacher; and Northern High School students Tiffany Hutzel, Kyle Beard, Amanda Folk, and Katherine Carpenter.
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