Victoria Shoe,  a former student at West Middle School and an incoming ninth grader at Westminster High School, has been selected as the 2021 Maryland Children’s Mental Health Student Champion of the Year by the Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign.

As an eighth grade student at West Middle School, Victoria created the concept for a bulletin board  to support and promote positive mental health. She developed a dragon theme and created artwork and printed digital pictures to go along with the theme. She also created the slogan for both the main title and each written piece under every picture.

The concept she created followed a dragon from being in the egg to cracking out of the egg, becoming a baby dragon, and finally maturing and having wings to fly – all of which connected  to growing with support and opening ourselves up to the possibilities, to reaching good mental health and developing our wings and soaring free with good mental health. Students were encouraged to take their picture in front of the wings showing they were supporting good mental health.

According to West Middle school counselor Beth Buckalew, who supported the project and nominated her for the award, “Victoria did an amazing job following through with the entire process of creating the board and she put many hours into the design and creation. I was proud to nominate her as a Student Champion in support of her amazing efforts to openly communicate the importance of positive mental health. She is a real school Champion!”

The Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign brings together non-profits, schools, and other agencies with the following goals: raising public awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and substance use, helping reduce the stigma of mental health, and connecting families, educators and providers throughout Maryland with resources to help children.

 

 

 

Makenna Steele, a tenth grade student at Westminster High School, has been recognized as an Invisalign® ChangeMaker for her work with the organization Peace, Love, Dolls. Makenna founded the organization four years ago to provide much needed toys to children need. The goal of the organization is to create a more accepting and confident future generation.

During the pandemic, Makenna expanded her efforts and collected, repaired, and donated over 200 dolls and action figures to 2 orphanages in Ghana and 50 more to children in Jamaica. She also sewed over 100 masks and donated them to frontline and healthcare workers.

The Invisalign® brand established a partnership with the National 4-H Council to celebrate and highlight teens ages 13 to 19 making an impact in the community. In addition to bringing light to all the good acts teens have contributed to the community, chosen winners who are public servants and leaders in their community are awarded a one-time $5,000 cash award.

Makenna was one of 100 teens selected as ChangeMakers out of 800 applicants. She will use her cash award to help obtain nonprofit status for her organization.

 

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. Citizen participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:15 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Persons who wish to have their comments posted on the Public Comments page of the website should indicate so at the beginning of their email. Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be posted prior to the meeting.

You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21. The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting will be available on the school system’s website by close of business on the Monday before the meeting. Click on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extracurricular activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. 

 

 

Student leaders from Carroll County Public Schools FFA Chapters attended the 93rd Maryland FFA Convention, which was held virtually from June 22-25, 2021. The following Chapter members were recognized for their achievements:

Bethany Miller and Payton Zepp from Francis Scott Key High School placed 5th and 6th, respectively, in the Milk Quality event. Ryan Leister, Elise McKenzie, and Sierra Wean received American degrees.

The South Carroll High School Veterinary Science team took 1st place. Sierra Mandeville placed 1st individually and Arianna Krach placed 3rd. The Meat Evaluation Team also won 1st place, with Alyson Schulze placing 1st individually, Sophie Phelps 3rd, and Miranda Hoffman 5th. Alyson Schulze won 1st place in Senior Extemporaneous Public Speaking, and Sophie Phelps placed 8th in Creed Speaking. Sierra Mandeville finished 3rd in Employment Skills.

Abby Wimmer, a 2021 graduate of Westminster High School, was recognized for her achievements in FFA, Agricultural Education, and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) through three awards.  First, Abby was awarded GOLD in Veterinary Science Placement Proficiency to recognize her accomplishments over four years working at a veterinary clinic.  Her award application will be forwarded to National FFA for review and entry into national competition in the fall.  Second, Abby escalated to the Maryland FFA State Degree, the highest level of membership in Maryland, earned by less than 10% of FFA members in the state.  Finally, Abby was named the Maryland FFA State Star in Agricultural Placement, the highest achievement in Maryland for FFA members with SAE programs that include work-study in paid and unpaid internships.  Abby will represent WHS and Maryland in a regional stars competition, held virtually in the fall, in conjunction with the Big E in Massachusetts. Abby is the fourth consecutive Maryland FFA State Star to emerge from the Westminster High School FFA program, preceded by Henry Brunnett in 2018, Lesa Ramsburg in 2019, and Avery Dull in 2020. WHS FFA 2021 graduate Samantha Finazzo earned the Maryland FFA State Degree.

Westminster High School placed 2nd in the Veterinary Science event. Abby Wimmer placed 4th, Becca Winner 7th, and Samantha Finazzo 8th. Ava Vraney received Honorable Mention. Caroline Boone finished in 4th place in Employment Skills, Richard Dehart was 5th in the Creed Speaking event, and Westminster High School was the 6th place team in the Agricultural Mechanics event.

The Winters Mill High School Chapter Farm and Agribusiness Management Team won 2nd place. Individual awards are listed below:

  • AG Mechanics: Bronze, 7th, Jeramy Hawk
  • Farm & Agbusiness Management: Gold, 1st, Waverly Moffett; Gold, 2nd Hannah Haines
  • Food Science and Technology: Bronze, 8th, Ava Demyanovich; Bronze, 10th, Kayla Cook
  • Veterinary Science: Bronze, 9th, Abbygail VanDyck
  • Senior Extemporaneous: Silver, 6th, Hannah Haines.

Hannah Haines from Winters Mill received the State FFA Degree.

The FFA Degree is presented to FFA members who have successfully completed 360 hours of agricultural education instruction, productively invested $1,000 or 300 hours in a supervised agricultural experience program, and demonstrated leadership abilities above the chapter level.

Through the course of the virtual event, FFA members were encouraged to live their leadership potential by the Maryland FFA State officer team.

 

 

 

The Westminster Chapter Sons of the American Revolution President Jim Engler, right, presented the chapter's SAR Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Award to Cadet Major Nicholas HendersonCadet Major Nicholas Henderson, a senior at Winters Mill High School, received the SAR Bronze JROTC Medal presented by the Westminster Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He also was presented with the state JROTC award from the Maryland Society SAR. Westminster Chapter President James F. Engler, Sr. presented both awards during a unit training event at the school.

The SAR Bronze JROTC Medal endeavors to foster the principle of “citizen-soldier” exemplified by the Minutemen. The commanding officer of the JROTC unit has full latitude in selecting an outstanding ROTC cadet based on their military bearing, leadership potential, attitude, scholastic achievements, and general excellence.

The SAR has an Enhanced Essay program for JROTC, requiring a 500-700 word essay on the topic “How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States of America.”  Cadet Henderson submitted his essay to the state competition, where it earned first place. The state award included a medal and monetary prize. Cadet Henderson’s essay has since been submitted to the National Society SAR in a nation-wide competition.

Pictured:  
The Westminster Chapter Sons of the American Revolution President Jim Engler, right, presented the chapter's SAR Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Award to Cadet Major Nicholas Henderson.

 

Carroll County Public Schools has formalized a partnership with the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project. The organization provides a community hub with case management and advocacy for veterans and their families in Carroll County and surrounding communities. Services include education and career planning, physical and mental health services, housing, transportation, and help navigating the veterans medical and benefits system.

Pictured (left to right):  Steven Lockard, Superintendent of Schools; Jason Sidock, CCVIP Executive Director; and Frank Valenti, Jr., CCVIP President.

 

Won Cho, a rising senior at South Carroll High School, has created a nonprofit organization called Friendship Beyond Borders to connect high school and college students around the world in language immersion, cultural exchange, and friendship.

The organization provides free life coaching resources for students and works with a UN camp in Jordan to help teach English to refugee children. It also is setting up a health center at the camp and will conduct a full published study to help refugees with diabetes, which is plaguing the Arab world. 

Won has exceled in AP World History and other academic classes at South Carroll. He also is a student in the Biomedical Science program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center. He is a leader in the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and participates in the South Carroll Young Activists Club, the National Society of High School Scholars, wrestling, and All County Orchestra. 

 

 

 

Carroll County Public Schools and Carroll Community College will host a College Fair on Monday, October 11, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Danele Shipley Memorial Arena, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster.

Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges and universities, military, technical schools and training programs. Counselors from CCPS high schools will also be present to answer questions. A listing of all registered colleges and technical schools will be shared later this fall through each high school counseling office and the Carroll Community College website.

The Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extracurricular activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. 

 

 

Four students from Carroll County high schools were among more than 200 diverse sophomore student leaders representing all Maryland counties who attended the 42nd Annual Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Maryland Leadership Seminar from June 10-13, 2021.

The following students represented Carroll County Public Schools:

  • Derek Martin, Manchester Valley High School
  • Nichelle Pattasseril, South Carroll High School
  • Tyche Rose, Westminster High School
  • Madeline Scott, Winters Mill High School.

This 4-day virtual seminar brought together a select group of students (HOBY Ambassadors) to interact with distinguished leaders in the business, governmental, and educational arenas to discuss relevant present and future issues. Sophomores were nominated to the HOBY program by their high school principal or advisor. These students must be seen as leaders within their high school and in the community.

The goal is to provide a stimulating forum for HOBY Ambassadors to learn more about the American incentive system and the democratic process, while gaining a broader understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development. Topics for discussion included global education, volunteerism, media literacy, entrepreneurship, gratitude, and leadership  and motivation.

Following the seminar, HOBY Ambassadors are challenged to return to their respective cities and participate in community service projects where they are to perform at least 100 hours of community service within the year.

 

 

 

Click here to livestream the meeting.

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. Citizen participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:15 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Persons who wish to have their comments posted on the Public Comments page of the website should indicate so at the beginning of their email. Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be posted prior to the meeting.

You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting will be available on the school system’s website by close of business on the Monday before the meeting. Click on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extracurricular activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. 

 

 

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