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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Hall of Fame Gala

The Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS invites the public to attend the PGCPS Hall of Fame gala at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 at MGM National Harbor.

Hall of Fame inductees include:

“Sugar” Ray Leonard
Distinguished Athlete
Parkdale High School ’74

Kenny Lattimore
Distinguished Professional
Eleanor Roosevelt High School ’85

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.
Distinguished Humanitarian
DuVal High School ’76

Senator Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr.
Distinguished Public Servant
Surrattsville High School ’60

Celeste Williams
Distinguished Educator

Del. Jazz Lewis
Distinguished Young Leader
Charles Herbert Flowers High School ’07

Dr. Tuajuanda C. Jordan
CEO’s Award of Excellence
Suitland High School ’78

Tickets are $150 per person. Go to pgcps.org/foundation/gala to purchase online or call 301-952-6225.

Application Deadline, Showcase Dates

Applications for middle school and high school specialty programs for the 2020-21 school year are now open.

Students planning to apply are encouraged to first check out the facts prior to the Nov. 15 application deadline.

Also, the dates for PGCPS’ Specialty Program showcase is Oct. 16 for high school programs and Oct. 17 for elementary and middle schools.

New Schools

The Board of Education approved a resolution outlining the construction of six new PGCPS middle schools. Drew-Freeman, Hyattsville, Kenmoor and Walker Mill Middle Schools will be rebuilt. Additionally, a new middle school will be built in the Adelphi area as well as one in the southern part of the county.

‘Constitution Day’

Students across the PGCPS system recently participated in civics-focused activities for “Constitution Day.”

As part of a law and public service program, juniors and seniors in Nissa Copemann’s history class at Potomac High school focused on local history: the Bladensburg Peace Cross case (Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association).

To bring the case to life, students staged a moot court during which they took on roles as Supreme Court justices, petitioners and respondents to analyze facts, construct arguments and generate a decision on the case. The lesson was guided by a curriculum developed in partnership with Street Law, a nonprofit that develops programs and teaching materials to educate students about law and government.

After participation in the event, junior Jasmine Riddick now hopes to pursue a career as a defense attorney. Liliana Orellana wants to attend law school, likely with a focus on immigration law, while Tania Willis says she aspires to work as a foreign service officer and travel to the U.S. Embassy in Ghana.

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