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HCPSS Staff and Student Recognized by Superintendent

Posted: January 10th, 2017

Superintendent Renee A. Foose recently recognized the following student, staff and school achievements.

Mount Hebron High School students Will Cervi, Rees Draminski and Priyanka Kargupta were named the winners of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings’ 2016 Congressional App Challenge. The students won for creating an app called Foodspin, which helps users locate local restaurants. The contest was open to high school students in the Seventh Congressional District of Maryland and is designed to promote innovation and engagement in coding and computer science.

Mount Hebron High School students with Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

Marriotts Ridge High School social studies teacher Brent Ault shared his teaching philosophy in an article titled, “Helping Students Develop a Civic Voice,” featured on the James Madison Foundation’s “Teacher Tuesday Spotlight.” Ault was a J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott James Madison Fellow while earning his master’s in political science.

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Marriotts Ridge High School social studies teacher Brent Ault (top)

Cedar Lane School adapted physical education teacher Jody Zinn received the 2016 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award from the Maryland Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance.

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Cedar Lane School adapted physical education teacher Jody Zinn (right)

Manor Woods Elementary School was named a 2016–2017 Maryland Blue Ribbon School by the Maryland State Department of Education. The school is one of only six Maryland public schools to receive the State’s Blue Ribbon award this year. Blue Ribbon Schools are recognized on the basis of rigorous standards for high achievement and significant improvement developed by MSDE and the U.S. Department of Education.

Photo of mount view middle school students with maryland blue ribbon flag

HCPSS has been ranked the top public school district in the state of Maryland, according to a report released by, an education and community analysis firm. The system received a grade of A+ overall, with marks of A or higher for academic rigor, educational outcomes, student diversity, and quality of teachers.