St. Mary's Co. Public Schools News Briefs

2015 Mathcounts Individual and State Qualifiers for the Southern Maryland Chapter

On February 7, 2015, middle school students from Esperanza, Leonardtown, Margaret Brent, and Spring Ridge Middle Schools represented St. Mary's County Public Schools at the Southern Maryland Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition at Calvert Middle School in Prince Frederick, Maryland. A mix of nineteen public and non-public middle schools from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's counties - consisting of over 130 students - participated in this event sponsored by the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO). Middle school teams that finished in the top 5 overall and individual participants that scored in the top 25% at the regional competition were invited to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Maryland State Competition held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

Esperanza Middle School, coached by Gabrielle Sivak and Chris Adams, finished second overall in the team competition and qualified for the state competition. Official team members were Margaret Holmes, Conlan McConvey, McKenna Randall, and Emme Staats. Individual participants were Matthew Albright, Amanda David, Justin Martin, Rowan McConvey, Zac Powers, and Allison Robinson. Justin Martin and Allison Robinson placed in the top 25% of all individual participants.

The Chesapeake Public Charter School, coached by Taren Long and Ayrin Torgesen, finished sixth overall in the team competition. Official team members were Annalee Johnson, Derek Nichols, Lauren Mattingly, and Hannah Torgesen. Derek Nichols and Hannah Torgesen placed in the top 25% of all individual participants.

Spring Ridge Middle School, coached by Bridget Dunbar and Dr. Gary Robinson, finished seventh in the team competition. Official team members were Adam Abril, Marc Climer, Erica Nelson, and Tucker Protzman. Individual participants were Sasitan Kasarat and Victoria White. Tucker Protzman placed in the top 25% of all individual participants.

Margaret Brent Middle School, coached by Craig Modrzejewski, finished ninth in the team competition. Official team members were Taylor Bahen , Austin DeStefanis, Tommy DeStefanis, and. Jacob Dolinar. Individual participants were Alexis Allen, Emily Baden, Abby Dolinar, Tyler Jenkins, Tyler Modrzejewski, and Megan Yelinek. Austin DeStefanis placed in the top 25% of all individual participants.

St. Mary's County Public Schools' Ethics Panel to Meet

The St. Mary's County Public Schools' Ethics Panel will be holding a meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Assistant Superintendent's Conference Room, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. For more information, call 301-475-5511, ext. 32247.

Forrest Center Seeking Golfers For 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

The Forrest Career & Technology Center is seeking golfers to participate in its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Cedar Point Golf Course on NAS Pax River. The goal of the golf tournament is to help defray costs of student participation in SkillsUSA regional, state and national competitions.

The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Your contributions to the Forrest Center's Golf Tournament will help ensure deserving St. Mary's County High School students are eligible to compete.

The Forrest Center's SkillsUSA chapter is among the most successful in the state and annually must fundraise over $25,000 to cover the cost of leadership training, chapter activities and regional, state & national competitions.

Registration for each golfer is $75, which covers green fees, cart, on-course refreshments and lunch. A donation to SkillsUSA is also included in the fee. Space for the tournament is limited and reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

To reserve a spot (foursome or individual), you need to e-mail your name and telephone number to CAPT Lyn Whitmer, Flight Academy Instructor, at or to Mrs. Bonnie Skinner, Academy of Health Professions Instructor and SkillsUSA Lead Advisor, at In the e-mail you should let them know if you need base access. If you'd like more information about becoming a tournament sponsor, call CAPT Whitmer at 301-475-0242, x28214 or Mrs. Skinner at 301-475-0242, x28201.

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

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