The Garrett County Board of Education recognized various groups for their accomplishments during the meeting on May 8, 2018.
Southern Garrett JROTC Rifle Team
Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, Board member, recognized the Southern Garrett High School JROTC Program. The Southern Garrett JROTC Cadet Commander and Rifle Team competed in 13 competitions this year. The team traveled to two regional championships and each member scored well enough to earn a junior achievement pin from the Civilian Marksmanship Program; and the team received a shipment of new equipment from army cadet command for the marksmanship program. The cadets are required to complete numerous tasks during the year as per the mission of JROTC to motivate young people to be better citizens with the purpose of a solid, well planned high school education.
Garrett County FIRST FLL Team #3655, iLEGO
Dr. Nathan Sorber, Board Vice President, recognized the Garrett County FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) FLL (First LEGO League) Team #3665, "iLEGO". Team #3665, iLEGO, won the third place Champion’s Award at Maryland’s State Championship after winning 2nd place at the Garrett Qualifier. The iLEGO team was extended an invitation to compete at the World Competition in Detroit, Michigan, from April 25-28, 2018.
NeXT Gen FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team
Mr. Thomas Woods, Board member, recognized the NeXT Gen FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team for its recent accomplishments and awards. On December 9, 2017, the team won the 1st Place Champion's Award at the Mountain State Qualifier held at Northern High School, and this win qualified the team for the Maryland State FLL Championship. NeXT GEN was also selected from the qualifier as the team with the best innovative project, "Pick Me Up Coaster". The team submitted a video and write up, were selected as one of the top 8 GIA teams in the state, and competed in the Maryland state GIA contest. On February 24, 2018, the team won the 1st Place Champion's Award at the Maryland State FLL Championship at UMBC in Baltimore, MD, and this qualified the team for the Arkansas Razorback Invitational. The team will compete in the invitational on May 17 – 20, 2018, with teams from around the world.
2018 Maryland Skills USA Championship Recognitions
Mrs. Monica Rinker, Board Member, recognized the Southern Garrett High School students that took top placement at the SkillsUSA Maryland State Championship in April. There were six students to place in the top three in their competition areas in the state: Cheyenne Biser 1st place in First Aid/CPR; Wesley Dixon 1st place in Cabinet Making; Jacob Strosnider 2nd place in Welding; Alex Smith 2nd place in Cabinet Making; Alexis Dixon 3rd place in Basic Health Care Skills, and Rainey Norris 3rd place in Nurse Assisting. Cheyenne Biser and Wesley Dixon will go on to Louisville, Kentucky, in June, to represent the State of Maryland at the National SkillsUSA Competition.
Garrett County Teacher of the Year
Mr. Matthew Paugh, Board President, recognized the 2018-19 Garrett County Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Virts, currently an English and Theatre Arts teacher at Northern Garrett High School. Jennifer Virts has been employed by Garrett County Public Schools since 2010. She has assisted in creating new curriculum and lessons for Theatre I and II, Journalism, and Creative Writing. She is the co-creator, editor, and director of the “Maddawg Morning Show” at Northern High School utilizing green screen technology and iMovie editing. Ms. Virts integrates technology into all of her classes, including laptops and iPads, in order to enhance learning and foster creative projects, such as film making.
Overview of Garrett County Association of Student Councils (GCASC)
Student Council representatives from the middle and high schools presented to the Board an overview of the activities that have taken place at the schools during the 2017-18 school year.
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