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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Scholar of the Week

Destiny Dennis, a senior at Charles H. Flowers High School, is the latest PGCPS Scholar of the Week.

Destiny, who is also a dual enrollment student at Prince George’s Community College, puts her critical thinking skills to use as the captain of the mock trial team. The future lawyer, who holds a 4.35 grade point average, was not only voted Best Attorney because of her finesse at public speaking but uses her critical thinking skills to form a persuasive, cohesive argument.

Destiny takes Advanced Placement courses in U.S. and world history, government, computer science, psychology, physics and English Language. A member of the National Honor Society, founder of the SAT Club, she has earned more than 100 service-learning hours.

In the fall, Destiny will attend University of Pennsylvania to study philosophy, politics and economics. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about other cultures, playing board games, listening to music and reading books.

Art Teachers, Leaders Honored

Several PGCPS art teachers and leaders were recently honored with the 2019 Maryland Art Educator Association Award.

The nine award recipients:

Elementary Novice Art Educator: Nicolette Pitts, Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center
Elementary Career Art Educator: Lorca Beebe Diaz, Lamont Elementary School
Elementary Retired Art Educator: Jana King
Middle Novice Art Educator: Renee McDonald, Nicholas Orem MS
Middle Career Art Educator: Sheila Hyman, Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Arts Academy
High School Novice Art Educator: Tery Honeyghan, High Point High School
High School Experienced Art Educator: Phaedra Byrd, Potomac High School
High School Retired Art Educator: Elizabeth Sumner
Champion of Visual Arts Education: Diedra Tramel, principal, Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center

Specialty Programs

Interested in a specialty program for your elementary school student? Now is the time to apply for PGCPS’ creative and performing arts, talented and gifted (TAG), language immersion and Montessori programs.

Parents can complete an application for multiple programs and submit one application per child. All students must have a PGCPS family identification/student number.

For more information, contact:
Prince George’s County Public Schools
Sasscer Administration Building
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Lottery Questions – Pupil Accounting: 301-952-6300

Depression is Real

PGCPS alumnus George Atkinson III attended Notre Dame before going on to the NFL to play for the Cleveland Browns, but suffered from depression. He recently died by suicide after his twin brother Josh did the same earlier this year.

Their mother died a year ago.

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