Gunston Athletes Honored

On Thursday, November 1st, Gunston student-athletes from field hockey, sailing, soccer and rowing gathered to honor the accomplishments from the fall season. All three field sports made the playoffs and the girls’ varsity soccer team made the Northern Maryland Soccer League finals. Our waterfront teams earned accolades from the MDISA (sailing) and the King’s Head Regatta. These results capped a successful fall season for the Herons. Headmaster Lewis delivered high praise for the programs success and continued growth while Director of Athletics Jon Mellinger provided exciting news about new programs on the horizon as well as challenging the student-athletes in attendance to elevate their peers by taking leadership roles. The fall season ended on a high note which has set the bar for the winter and spring seasons.

Pictured ESIAC/NMSL Award recipients. L-R: Sam Umidi, Cole Evans, Will Urquhart, Luke Stehle, Megan Prochaska, Sydney Nittle, Lydia Davis, Becky DeFino, Claire Johnson, Annabelle Gillespie, Reagan Gessford, Cedar Foster. Missing Olivia Hershey and Natalie Cockey.

ESIAC All-Conference
Will Urquhart – Boys Soccer, Luke Stehle – Boys Soccer, Cole Evans – Boys Soccer, Megan Prochaska -Girls Soccer, Sydney Nittle – Girls Soccer, Annabelle Gillespie – Field Hockey, Becky DeFino – Field Hockey, Claire Johnson – Field Hockey, Lydia Davis – Field Hockey

ESIAC Honorable Mention
Sam Umidi – Boys Soccer, Natalie Cockey – Girls Soccer, Reagan Gessford – Field Hockey

NMSL All-Conference (Soccer)
Megan Prochaska – Girls Soccer, Sydney Nittle – Girls Soccer, Natalie Cockey – Girls Soccer, Cedar Foster – Honorable Mention, Olivia Hershey – Honorable Mention

Girls Soccer
MVP – Megan Prochaska, MIP – Ashley Escobar, Coach – Cedar Foster

Boys Soccer
MVP – Jude Smith, MIP – Henry Sheets, Coach – Max Brady

Boys JV Soccer
MVP – Leo Santoboni, MIP – Kenneth Bonuccelli, Coach – Ben Cunningham

Field Hockey
MVP – Annabelle Gillespie, Becky DeFino, MIP – Sheila Groz, Coach – Erin McDonald, Ellie Wilson

MIP – Lydia Periconi, Jack Pigman, Coach – Katie Easter, Max Scott, Josh Campbell, Isabella Santoboni

MVP – Severin Schut, MIP – Phebe Wood, Coach – Marion Riddle

Thirty Gunston School Students Honored at National Honor Society Induction

On Friday, November 2, thirty students were inducted into the National Honor Society at The Gunston School. The National Honor Society (NHS) is a prestigious organization for students in upper grades, which requires them to hold a them to meet rigorous national and school standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

The inductees, their parents, and current NHS members gathered in the Susie Konkel Atrium for breakfast, pictures and celebration before the induction ceremony that was held in the Field House. Welcoming remarks were made by Headmaster John Lewis, who spoke about the importance of pursuing the four key National Honor Society values: leadership, character, service, and scholarship.

Following Mr. Lewis’ remarks, the keynote address was delivered by alumnae Ms. Laura Woods ‘11. Ms. Wood graduated from Rhodes College in 2015 with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Economics. After college, Ms. Wood came back to the Eastern Shore in the hope of applying her degree where she grew up. She worked first on a 45 ft wooden yawl sailboat, XAPA, then in January of 2016 she started at the Sassafras River Association (SRA) as an administrative assistant. In January of 2017, Ms. Wood  started working at the Chester River Association as an Office Manager, while continuing with SRA as well. In January of this year the two organization merged, along with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, to form ShoreRivers. Ms. Wood now serves as a Watershed Coordinator and manages the Marylanders Grow Oysters program for the Chester and Corsica, organize shoreline cleanups with local groups, monitor agricultural restoration projects, and support our Riverkeeper programs.

Photo: Front row L to R: Frankie Fisher, Cedar Foster, Joey Zhuo, Cynthia Yang, Grace Holmes, Lynsey Hildebrand, Nina De Angelo, Katie Schiwy, Eily Ashley, Natalie Cockey. 2nd row L to R: Laura Wood, Katie Moreau, Anna Wolf, Paige Murphy, Areopl Bai, MacCallum Borghardt, Cotter Buckley, Erica Reece, Isabella Santoboni, Mason Rudolfs, 3rd row L to R: Will Gibson, Wyatt Howell, Will Newberg, Allen Wang, Lily Judd, Nick Kellogg, back row L to R: Max Gaspers Scott, Peter Sharpless, Owen White, Sam Umidi, missing Andrew Amygdalos

Ms Wood spoke fondly of her years at Gunston where she had ample opportunities to direct her own learning and explore a myriad of interesting and relevant topics with caring teachers committed to the success and growth of all students. Ms. Wood encouraged the NHS members and all of the students to embrace the learning opportunities available to them here. Ms. Wood also shared her deep appreciation for our local watershed and how much she valued Gunston’s past, current, and future commitment to environmental education and sustainability.  She stated her hope for the future of the Chesapeake Watershed “… to see healthy waterways that can support the ecosystems and industries that rely on them—and to see collaboration between policy, environmental organizations, agriculture, watermen, and landowners to get us there.” She closed with heartfelt congratulations to the newly inducted members of NHS.

To highlight the core values of NHS, four candles were lit by current members, as senior and NHS president Megan Prochaska spoke about the meaning of each value. NHS Secretary Marisa Pisapia read each inductees’ accomplishments as they were called up one-by-one, to receive a certificate, pin, and rose, and to sign their names into the NHS registry. To make them official members of the society, current members pinned the inductees with a pin bearing the NHS logo and the pledge was recited, led by Megan Prochaska. Mr. Michael Kaylor, the NHS advisor, concluded the ceremony with high praises to the students for their accomplishments.

We congratulate this year’s NHS Chapter Officers and Inductees.


President: Megan Prochaska, Vice President: Davy Song, Secretary: Marisa Pisapia, Treasurer: Anneliese Clair


Nick Basham, Karen Chen, Shiloh Clark, Becky DeFino, Cora Duncan, Katie Easter, Cole Evans, Menel Harris, Leah Hellwege, Phin Howell, Claire Johnson, Camy Kelly, Nick Lee, Ellie Merton, Paige Murphy, James Pratt, Caroline Roser, Drew Seaman, Elena Sherman, Nellie Stup, Cynthia Yang, Vickey Zhou


Andrew Amygdalos, Eli Ashley, Areopl Bai, Mac Borghardt, Cotter Buckley, Natalie Cockey, Nina De Angelo, Frankie Fisher, Cedar Foster, Will Gibson, Lynsey Hildebrand, Grace Holmes, Wyatt Howell, Lily Judd, Nick Kellogg, Katie Moreau, Paige Murphy, Will Newberg, Erica Reece, Mason Rudolfs, Isabella Santoboni, Katie Schiwy, Peter Sharpless, Max Gaspers Scott, Sam umidi, Allen Wang, Owen White, Anna Wolf, Cynthia Yang, Joey Zhuo

Bryan Brothers Scholarship Boosts Workforce Training at Chesapeake College

Four Mid-Shore students are pursuing skilled trades training this year thanks to the William O. “Billy” Bryan Workforce Training  Scholarship at Chesapeake College.

“This gift helped us with our new initiative to expand scholarship opportunities for students in our noncredit workforce training programs,”said President Cliff Coppersmith. “The majority of our current scholarships are for students in credit programs that lead to associate’s degrees or transfer to a four-year college. There are few scholarship opportunities for students in workforce training such as our trades programs, since these programs do not qualify for federal financial aid.”

The Bryan Brothers Foundation, dedicated to “building dreams for youth” on the Eastern Shore, established the scholarship to help students meet their career goals.

“We wanted to help students who will go on to help the community,” Jason Bryan said. “My father was a student at Chesapeake. He passed in 2010 and we wanted to keep his legacy going with something that was important to him. Chesapeake was near and dear to his heart. Bryan and Sons need people who weld and have other trades skills. They don’t get financial aid, so this is a way to help these students and train workers who will help local businesses.”

Pictured L-R are: Director of Skilled Trades Tom Ellis, President Cliff Coppersmith, Nicholas Pritchett, Kim Mull, Kasey Mull, Jason Bryan, and Andrew Stenger.

Two of the 18-19 scholarship recipients are Nicholas Pritchett of Linkwood and Andrew Stenger of Rock Hall, both are in the welding program.

The student recipients say the scholarships are allowing them to improve their skills and pursue fulfilling careers.

“I’ve always been interested in welding, but I need the certification. These classes are helping me take a passion and turn it into a career,” said Stenger, who works full time at Long Cove Marina. Once certified in welding, Stenger hopes to continue his training in deep sea underwater welding.

Pritchett is also working in the field and says the scholarship is helping him meet career goals

“Thanks to this scholarship I’m able to learn something that I’ve wanted to do and get certification. I want to be a structural welder. I dropped out of high school and came here to get a GED. The staff encouraged me to go further,” he said. “Coming to Chesapeake is best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve gone from not wanting to be in school to loving school. I look forward to coming to class in the evenings.”

Chesapeake currently offers trades training in commercial truck driving, CAD, electrician, HVAC, and welding. More programs are in development.  For more information about Skilled Trades programs, please contact Tom Ellis at

About Chesapeake College

Founded in 1965 as Maryland’s first regional community college, Chesapeake serves five Eastern Shore counties – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. With more than 130,000 alumnae, Chesapeake has 2,300 students and almost 10,000 people enrolled in continuing education programs.

Katherine Riggleman is Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for October

L-R: Matthew Ghrist, Easton High Art Teacher; Katherine Riggleman, EHS Artist of the Month; Catessa Cain, EHS Assistant Principal and Will Callahan from Ben Franklin Crafts.

Easton High Junior Katherine Riggleman has been selected as the Ben Franklin Artist of the Month for October.

“Katherine’s piece is an awesome example of a paper relief sculpture,” said Matthew Ghrist, Easton High School Art Teacher. “The assignment is a way to transition Studio I students to think more three dimensionally. They must consider light and shadow as it relates to composition and visual balance.”

“We are grateful to Ben Franklin Crafts for their generous support of this program, which enables us to recognize outstanding art students here at Easton High,” added Ghrist. Will Callahan from Ben Franklin presented Katherine with a special gift from the store in recognition of the award.

Kent School Inspires Deeper Learning with Cross-Curricular Instruction

Fifth Grade Students stenciling animal images near local storm drains.

Teachers at Kent School have fully embraced the enhanced teaching and learning opportunities that come from cross-curricular instruction. Inspired by the professional learning done with Mind, Brain and Education Science in conjunction with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Kent School teachers understand the power of introducing, teaching and assessing students across different subject areas. Two recent projects illustrate the depth of student understanding when students can study one topic in different classes.

Middle School History and Literature curricula have been linked for many years. Literature is selected based on the period of history covered in each grade. Eighth grade students explore Twentieth Century American History and in literature they read Twentieth Century American writers. Eighth Grade students recently completed John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. In addition to classroom discussion and assignments based on their reading the students were challenged to show deeper understanding of the novel through Art and Science.

Middle School Science teacher Hannah Richardson was able to interweave prior knowledge of oyster anatomy and life cycle to give the students a broader understanding of the story. In Art, teacher Pat Parkhurst incorporated The Pearl into two lessons. First, students honed their oil pastel drawing skills by drawing a detailed oyster shell. Secondly, Parkhurst asked her students to choose and recreate a meaningful scene from the novel in silhouette form. Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher Liz Filler remarked, “The students really impressed me with their silhouettes. They were able to incorporate so much of the story’s symbolism into their artwork. It was truly gratifying to see this deeper understanding of the subject through these different classes.”

More recently, Fifth Grade students combined Science, Art and community service. In Science class, the Fifth Grade is currently studying fresh water movement within a Chesapeake Bay Studies lens. Connecting the lesson in Art class, the students created stencils of several different species that live in local waterways. With stencils in hand the students went downtown to paint the images around local storm drains. The students used Rainworks paint so the images will only appear when it rains. Pedestrians throughout Chestertown will have a visual understanding that everything going through our storm drains ends up in our waterways and effects the species living there. Hannah Richardson said, “This is a great stepping stone towards becoming a Chester Tester and understanding of how human activity affects water paths and water quality.”

Art Teacher Parkhurst said, “I want students to understand that they can create art that makes a difference or raises awareness. Making the species stencils and then painting the images on the ground gave the students a visual and physical understanding of the power art can have. This project, in conjunction with science and our commitment to Chesapeake Bay Studies at Kent School, was a perfect way to demonstrate that.”

Michelle Duke, Assistant Head of School for Academics said, “Teachers truly are brain-changers. I am inspired by our teachers’ creative use of cross curricular instruction for the benefit of our students. We are deconstructing silos and as a result our students are learning holistically. I believe our commitment to Mind, Brain and Education science is helping us educate children to be problem solvers who understand that the best solutions involve creativity and can be applied to real-world situations.”

Kent School is located at 6788 Wilkins Lane in historic Chestertown. Kent School serves children from Preschool through Grade Eight on its scenic campus on the bank of the Chester River. Kent School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information call 410-778-4100 ext. 110 or visit

TCPS Education Foundation “Mission Possible” Fundraiser Nov. 16

The TCPS Education Foundation announces the first annual “Mission Possible – Celebrating TCPS Alumni and Supporting Teachers” fall fundraiser on Friday November 16, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Milestone Event Center.  The event will include a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a reverse auction benefitting the foundation’s Grants for Teachers program.  The purpose of the event is to recognize distinguished alumni, celebrate Talbot County Public Education, and raise funds, awareness, and support for the Education Foundation.

The 2018 Mission Possible Honorees were selected for their outstanding accomplishments, their commitment to giving back to their communities, and their belief in and support of public education.  They are as follows:

Mr. Otis E. Sampson, Moton High School Class of 1963
Captain Ann F. Stencil, USN (ret), Easton High School Class of 1976
Mr. John R. Valliant, Saint Michaels Middle High School Class of 1971

We hope you will join us as a sponsor and/or as a guest at the event.  We would be grateful for any level of support that you feel able to provide.  Please use the link below for more information.

Paris Foods Supports Education Foundation Fundraiser

Paris Foods has stepped up as a lead sponsor for “Mission Possible – Celebrating TCPS Alumni and Supporting Teachers,” the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation’s upcoming fundraising event.

Located on Ocean Gateway in Trappe, Paris Foods Corporation supplies frozen fruits and vegetables to the Foodservice and Industrial markets. Operating from three facilities on the Eastern Seaboard, Paris packages product and distributes in full or partial shipments to the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Midwest. Paris strives to be the most responsive and responsible supplier to its customers.

“Mission Possible” will be held on Friday November 16 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Milestone Event Center.  The purpose of the event is to recognize distinguished alumni, celebrate Talbot County Public Education, and raise funds, awareness, and support for the Education Foundation.

From L-R: Laura Heikes (TCPSEF). Lisa Woolford, Wendy Pitts, Jen Haller, Bridgette Babich-Dadds, Rosalind Wilson, Amie Taylor, President of Paris Foods, Sharon Turner, Miles Butz, Ward Cain, Pam Clay (TCPSEF), Becky Firth (TCPSEF), and Emilee Kingsley.

“We are so grateful to Paris Foods for their very generous support of this event and the Education Foundation’s mission overall,” said Becky Firth, event co-chair and Education Foundation Advisory Board member. “In keeping with their business model of being responsive and responsible to their customers, Paris Foods has been consistently responsive to the needs of our community by supporting Talbot County Public Schools,” Firth added.  “We are looking forward to having the community come together to enjoy a fun evening while supporting our teachers and students.  This will be a terrific opportunity to see first-hand examples of the incredible instructional initiatives that we are striving to fund.”

The evening will include a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a reverse auction benefitting the foundation’s Grants for Teachers program and some terrific door prizes donated by local businesses.

To purchase tickets or learn more about supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, please contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at or go to the foundation website

Veteran’s Day Open House at Wye River Upper School

Wye River Upper School (WRUS) will open their doors to the community in honor of Veteran’s Day, Monday November 12.  In celebration of their fifth year in residence in the historically renovated Maryland National Guard Armory at 316 S. Commerce St, Centreville, MD, the school welcomes veterans, families and friends to tour the building and see both preserved and new features of this 22,000 square foot original structure. Guests are welcome to stop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. Learn more about the original mission of the Armory and a history of training men who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.  See first hand the mission it now serves educating bright high school students with learning differences who are bound for college and career. Light refreshments provided. For more info call the school at 410-758-2922 or email

WC Increases First-in-the-Nation Automatic Scholarship for National Honor Society Students

College just became more affordable for National Honor Society (NHS) graduates enrolling at Washington College. The only institution of higher education in the country to offer an automatic scholarship to NHS students, WC has announced an increase in its scholarship award from $15,000, to $18,000 annually.

The increase reflects the College’s ongoing commitment to make higher education accessible to all students, especially those who demonstrate promise as tomorrow’s leaders. To qualify, students must be NHS members at the time of admission to the College. The scholarship is awarded for up to four years, contingent on the student maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

“We are so proud to offer this opportunity to National Honor Society students,” said Lorna J. Hunter, WC’s Vice President for Enrollment Management. “These scholars are poised to build a strong campus community and use their experience here as a platform for lasting service and leadership. They are extremely deserving of our support, and we are honored to welcome them to our campus.”

“We are delighted that Washington College recognizes the value NHS students bring to their campus,” said Nara Lee, Director of the National Honor Society, a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “The students’ proven commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, and character places them on a path to lifelong contribution in every community they enter. NHS welcomes Washington College as a partner who invests in the potential of these extraordinary students and is committed to cultivating a strong pipeline of tomorrow’s citizen-leaders.”

Washington College has been offering an automatic scholarship to NHS students for more than 20 years. According to the NHS, it is the only institution of higher education in the U.S. to do so.

The scholarship increase will take effect for students enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester, with an application deadline of November 15 for Early Decision, December 1 for Early Action, and February 15 for Regular Decision. Visit for more information about Washington College Academic Tuition Scholarships.

About National Honor Society

A program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at

2nd Annual Mid-Shore STEM Festival

The 2nd Annual Mid-Shore STEM Festival will be held on Saturday, November 10th at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center, on the Chesapeake College campus in Wye Mills. The event will be held rain or shine from 10 am – 2 pm and is free and open to the public.

The Mid-Shore STEM Festival is being hosted by the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Program and is focused on providing hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math learning for youth of all ages and their families. Activities will include: interactive displays and stations, tours, and demonstrations. Youth can learn about forensic science, recycling and environmental topics, entomology, wildlife ecology, art, electricity and circuits, insects, GIS/computer mapping, and much more. Also, there will be tours of Chesapeake College including an experience with some of the health care simulation technologies and equipment.This is a great event to make career connections and learn about the future of science and science related careers and opportunities.

New features for 2018 include STEM activities for younger audiences (pre-school and early elementary age) provided by the early childhood education department from 10-12 and demonstrations from the Mason Dixon Search Dogs, Inc. (time TBD).

Bring your kids to participate during the Maryland Science Festival here on the mid-shore on November 10th for a fun science-filled day! We will have lunch and refreshments for sale. Remember, the event is FREE and open to all!

For more information, please contact Navonne Owen, UME Caroline County 4-H, at or (410) 479-4030. This is an equal opportunity and equal access program.