St. Mary's Co. Public Schools News Briefs

Forrest Center Hosting Annual Horticulture/FFA Plant Sale

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center is hosting the annual Horticulture/FFA Plant Sale on Saturday, April 18 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the school. The Forrest Center is located at 24005 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, MD, across from the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds.

A large variety of plants will be for sale. In addition to the plants, a limited supply of mulch from the school's SkillsUSA Mulch Sale may also be available for purchase. For more information about the Plant Sale, contact Mr. Ed Carney, Horticulture instructor and FFA advisor, at 301-475-0242, x28217 or at

Please note: These events may be recorded and presented on SMCPS Channel 96, the school system's educational cable channel, and the internet.

Model United Nations Achievements

Chopticon and Leonardtown High Schools students recently participated in the Annual Model United Nations Conference sponsored by Old Dominion University under the guidance of Mr. Scott Russell and Mr. Michael Denny. This conference was a simulation that examined real-world issues confronting the global community such as national security, economic interdependence, and humanitarian concerns. This problem-solving activity required the students to develop research and public-speaking skills, as well as to become informed citizens on international events. In addition, it provided an in-depth understanding of the purpose, functions, and procedures of the United Nations.

For this simulation, students represented an array of nations. Chopticon students assumed the role of delegates representing France and SAVE the Children, a non-governmental organization (NGO). Leonardtown students represented Japan, Kuwait, Sudan, Sweden, Cambodia, and United Kingdom. Leonardtown students also served as delegates representing Turkey in the Cold War Cabinet and CARE International in the NGO forum.

Students from both schools earned several awards that demonstrate their leadership skills, as well as their understanding of global issues. Chopticon students were recognized as an Outstanding Delegation in the Special Political (SPECPOL) Committee. Leonardtown students earned the Secretary-General's top award for Best Delegation at the conference. This award was achieved because students excelled in their conference committees and simulations by stressing national realism and preparing effective proposals. In addition to this school achievement, numerous students from both schools received individual honors.

Chopticon High School

Outstanding Delegation: Madeline Dement, Rebecca Wolf

Honorable Mention: Gabi VanFosson, Jeremy Commerford

Leonardtown High School

Best Delegation: TJ Ball, Jack Donnelly, Ryan Hor, Gabby Leget, Kristi Miluski, Meredith Mountjoy, Van Nuyen

Honorable Mention: Alexis Ahern, Kelsey Anderson, Sean Biglin, Bria Flowers, Ruthie Hornbuckle

Verbal Mention: Samantha Reinhart, Emma Schneider

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