Three students who represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors as National Merit semifinalists and 46 members of the undefeated football team from Henry A. Wise High School, who won the State 4A championship, were among those celebrated by parents and school officials for their academic, artistic and athletic achievements at Charles Herbert Flowers High School on Tuesday night.
They filed across the auditorium stage to accept awards from members of the Prince George’s County Board of Education during its annual awards program.
“Know that we are proud of you,” said Alvin Crawley, the interim superintendent, at the start of the ceremony. “You add to the success of our Prince George’s County community.”
Mara Moran, Niko Schultz and Sonia Zhang, all students at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, were honored for being selected as 2013 National Merit semifinalists.
Shultz, who is fluent in Japanese and French, has a 4.5 gpa. She also has scored a 5 on all of her AP tests.
“If she’s not the valedictorian, I don’t know who is,” said David Zahren, a forecaster for ABC7 and the night’s master of ceremonies. Zahren also is the senior television specialist for the school system.
The Wise football players were described as a team “that has yet to stop celebrating.” That comment was followed by thunderous applause. The Pumas captured their first state title last month with a 12-7 victory over Quince Orchard.
Five National Achievement Semifinalists were praised for being among the 1,500 highest-scoring program African American participants from across the country who were selected among 160,000 applicants.
Modibo Abbo, Carmin Chappell, Tommie Day and Arin Squire-Wilson, all from Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and Kenechukwu Mbonu, a Bowie High School student, received the award.
Awards were also given to scholars of the week, snow plow mural competition winners, the teacher of the month, teachers and students who have worked to encourage healthy eating and exercise and to Whitehall Elementary School, which was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School.