February 5, 2006 Kids in the News
Kids in the News
Fourteen secondary students from Washington County Public Schools auditioned and earned spots on several prestigious All State Music Ensembles. Students vie for limited spaces in the ensembles through a rigorous, competitive audition process.
Senior Women's Chorus
Emily Myers- Alto I- Clear Spring High School (Teacher: Beth Smith)
Erica Hernandez- Alto II- Clear Spring High School (Teacher: Beth Smith)
Senior Mixed Chorus
Stacy Ingraham- Soprano I- Williamsport High School (Ruth Ridenour)
Ed Schubel- Tenor- Williamsport High School (Ruth Ridenour)
Braden Myers- Bass- Williamsport High School (Ruth Ridenour)
Zack Nelson- Bass- Clear Spring High School (Beth Smith)
Adam Taylor- Bass- Boonsboro High School (Paula Boyd)
Kelsi Phillips- Soprano- Williamsport High School (Ruth Ridenour)
Malea Snyder- Soprano- Clear Spring High School (Beth Smith)
Gavin Myers- Tenor- Clear Spring Middle School (Davis Baker)
Sam Myers- Bass- Clear Spring High School (Beth Smith)
Zachary Repp- Bass- Clear Spring High School (Beth Smith)
Quinn Gelestino- Clarinet- North Hagerstown High School (Jeremy Karacz)
Adam Stephens- Baritone Sax- Boonsboro High School (Health Wilcox)
University of Maryland/Baltimore County (UMBC) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) have recognized Williamsport High School with certification of the school's Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Pre-Engineering and Engineering Technology Program. The program met the stringent standards of quality set by UMBC, including recognition of summer training for teachers and counselors, and the use of the latest computer software in teaching the program.
Marquita Friday, Career Technology Education Specialist at MSDE saluted Williamsport High's commitment to program standards. "A crucial element to the success of the program is regularly updating teacher skills and promoting counselor awareness of the latest Project Lead the Way initiatives for students."
The certification process included a self-assessment of the PLTW program and a one-day site visit by Ms. Friday and two other team members. The Site Visit Committee met with teachers, administrators, counselors, students, and the community members, and reviewed students' course portfolios. Students benefit from the certification process by being able to apply for transcripted college credit or other forms of recognition at a variety of national affiliate colleges and universities, if they excel in their pre-engineering courses and pass the appropriate PLTW End-of-Course examination.
Project Lead the Way is a national program offered in almost every state in more than 1,000 schools. The program was begun to address the national shortage of engineers and engineering technologists.