Derrick Griffin, a senior at Chesapeake Math and IT Academy, loves art and painting, head to toe, and as an entrepreneur, customizes his own sneakers. (PGCPS photo)
Derrick Griffin, a senior at Chesapeake Math and IT Academy, loves art and painting, head to toe, and as an entrepreneur, customizes his own sneakers. (PGCPS photo)

Derrick Griffin a senior at Chesapeake Math and IT Academy, loves art and painting, head to toe, and as an entrepreneur, customizes his own sneakers, having already designed more than 10 pairs of shoes.

Derrick, who holds a 3.92 GPA, participates in the Project Lead the Way program where he’s enrolled in Advanced Placement courses in Statistics, Environmental Science, Calculus AB and English Language and Composition classes.

The varsity basketball player is also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Toastmasters International and Vex Robotics club.

Derrick’s role model is his older brother, James Michael Scott, a forward for the Philadelphia 76ers. His brother and mother constantly pushed him to excel in academics. Now, as he prepares to graduate high school, it is clear their efforts paid off.

Derrick plans to attend a service academy and major in civil engineering.

Teacher of the Year Nominations

Nominate an outstanding educator for the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award. Candidates must be in their sixth year of teaching and plan to remain in the classroom during the 2020-21 school year.

The submission deadline is at 5 p.m., Friday, March 6.

College Workshop at UM

On Saturday, March 7, students in grades 6-12 and their families can learn about the college admissions process, how to prepare for applications, financial aid, and the overall college experience. This annual college preparation workshop at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus is presented in Spanish and English.

Student Census Contest

PGCPS middle and high school students can plug into Census 2020, civics and your creativity by submitting their best 30-second public service announcement on why it’s critical for families to complete their census forms.

Individuals or groups — can enter the contest to help promote the importance of full Prince George’s County participation in the U.S. census.

Participating students or groups must create a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) promoting the importance of full Prince George’s County participation in the upcoming census.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 11.

All students featured in videos must have a completed 2019-20 SY media release form on file with their school.

Entries will be judged on criteria including originality, creativity and concept.

Black History Month Celebration

More than 30 students in the Charles H. Flowers High School Community Referenced Instruction (CRI) program produced an art exhibit in recognition of Black History Month that was inspired by the work of local African American artists.

Upon being awarded a Maryland Humanities mini-grant, special education teacher LeAnn Holden-Martin partnered with local artists who agreed to loan artwork to the school.

The exhibit, “What We See: African American Art Through the Eyes of High School Students with Special Needs,” features the students’ collective artwork and the documentation of the process.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to share in art interpretation from young adults with cognitive disabilities,” Holden-Martin said, noting that Marylanders with disabilities are underrepresented in the area of humanities. “We want people to know our students for their abilities — not their disabilities. With art, there are no boundaries, so they can’t be wrong.”

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