7 Charles County Students Named Carson Scholars

LA PLATA, Md. (March 27, 2009)—Seven Charles County Public Schools students were recently named 2009 Carson Scholars, a national distinction that recognizes academic achievement and humanitarian qualities as well as provides a $1,000 college scholarship.

The students are among 531 nationwide and 200 state Carson Scholars recognized this year. Selected from Charles County are: Sarah Chen, fourth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School; Brett Culhane, fourth grade, Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Christian Fisher, fifth grade, William B. Wade Elementary School; Nicole Lusk, sixth grade, John Hanson Middle School; Jackson Mote, fifth grade, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; Alexandra Reese, junior, Henry E. Lackey High School; and Connor Smith, fourth grade, J.C. Parks Elementary School.

Each year, the Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to a select group of high achieving students in grades four through 11 who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. Students must have a minimum 3.75 grade point average to be considered. The scholarships are invested for the students' college education.

The Maryland recipients will be honored at an awards banquet on April 26 in Baltimore. Each recipient will receive a medal and framed certificate of achievement and their school will receive a trophy recognizing the scholar's accomplishment.

The Carson Scholars Fund was founded in 1994 by world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin S. Carson and his wife, Candy, to motivate and reward academic excellence in young people. The fund is active in 26 states and more than 3,400 scholarships have been awarded to students nationwide.

Visit www.carsonscholars.org for more information.

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