Derrick Johnson, a 2016 graduate of St. Charles High School, is congratulated by board member Margaret Marshall, left, and Board Chairman Virginia McGraw.
CITY, Md. (Aug. 1, 2016)—Thirty-four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) seniors finished their high school coursework requirements and graduated from Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) July 28 during Summer Commencement Exercises at Westlake High School.
Representing the seven CCPS high schools, the 34 graduates wore caps and gowns in their respective schools' colors.
Superintendent Kimberly Hill was guest speaker at the graduation and said the 34 graduates traveled a unique road filled with challenges, but never gave up their goal to graduate. "Graduates, all of you have a story to tell about what brought you here. A story about your journey, the journey that led you to finish your high school credits at summer school. … Congratulations, we're very proud of you," Hill said.
Members of the 2016 summer school graduating class were:
Henry E. Lackey High School
Demetrius Brown, Branden Holland, Austin Kuhn and Michael Weeks
La Plata High School
Maurice J. McDonough High School
Jose Cruz, Alexis Davis, Austin George, Tanisha Hicks, Daniel Martin and Demarco Mitchell
North Point High School
Charles Hendrix, Jeremiah Nicholas, Antonio Phillips and Sean Strozier
St. Charles High School
Noah Bell, Taylor Bell, Dorian Brown, Alaza Ford, Jaylen Fures, Derrick Johnson, Mandrell Johnson, Elijah Mitchell, Michael Morre, Justin Mothershead, Charles Poindexter and Malik Williams
Thomas Stone High School
Xzavier Collins, Angelique Fraley, Kevonie Gilroy, Jose Henriquez-Parra, Amber Swann and Le Sandra Wooley
Westlake High School
Jose Cruz, a Maurice J. McDonough High School graduate in the SAIL program, receives his diploma from Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent of Charles County Public Schools.