Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students were given the opportunity to participate in the 388th st. Mary’s City annual Maryland Day Celebration set for Saturday, March 26. A fourth-grade student is selected annually through an essay contest to represent the school system and Charles County at the celebration. Students submitted essay responses to the prompt, “Why is Charles County a great place to live?” The finalist is selected by a panel of judges from the CCPS Department of Instruction who review and score all submissions for content, support and mechanics.
Fourth grader Shylah Harris at Billingsley Elementary School entered the contest and was selected to represent Charles County in the 388th Maryland Day Celebration. She was happy and surprised when she found out she was selected. “I did not think I was going to win,” she said.
In her essay, she said that she enjoyed the many parks in Charles County such as Gilbert Run Park for fishing and birthday parties, and Laurel Springs Park for the fun playground and walking trail. When she is not fishing with her grandpa or hanging out with her friends, Harris enjoys researching about hamsters, playing with dolls and learning about money. She says that she hopes to have a hamster of her own one day.
Harris’ fourth grader teacher, Susan Heywood, said she was not surprised that she won the contest. “This is my second year in Charles County and having a student of mine win the contest was icing on the cake.”
As the Charles County representative, Harris will present a flag before a podium of dignitaries during the flag ceremony at the MD Day Celebration. She said that she is excited to represent Charles County at the celebration.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programmes, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, PO Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.
CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school in accordance with its Use of Facilities facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).