The following St. Mary's County teacher and students were recognized recently for their achievements.

Joan T. Stevens, a fourth-grade religion and eighth-grade math teacher at St. John School in Hollywood, was named Catholic Elementary School Teacher of the Year for Southern Maryland by the Archdiocese of Washington.

Jamie Lynn Raley, of Oakville and a 2004 graduate of Chopticon High, received a Francis Knott Scholarship from the Hollywood Optimist Club. Jamie plans to study accounting and finance, first at the College of Southern Maryland and later at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is the daughter of Marbeth and Jamie Raley.

Akta Sehgal, of Leonardtown and a 2004 graduate of Leonardtown High, received a Francis Knott Scholarship from the Hollywood Optimist Club. She has been accepted into the pre-med program at the University of Missouri, where she plans eventually to earn a medical degree in pediatrics. Akta is the daughter of Ajay and Savera Sehgal.

Amanda Stover, a rising senior at Great Mills High, received a $2,500 Discover Card Tribute Award scholarship for demonstrating excellence in many aspects of her life.

Faith Noelle Wassink, of Lexington Park and a 2004 graduate of Great Mills High, has received a full Presidential Scholarship, valued at $19,900 per academic year, from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON