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27 Graduates from the Class of 2019 Received Scholars Program Diploma of Distinction

Congratulations to the following students from the Class of 2019 for successfully completing the St. Mary's Ryken Scholars Program and earning the Scholars Program destination on their diplomas. Each of these students received recognition at graduation and during the senior awards dinner. 

"We are very proud of this group, the largest number of graduating Scholars to date," said Dean of Academics, Mr. Brad Chamberlain. "They have spent years dedicated to a particular discipline, spent countless hours in labs, presented scientific study to public audiences, wrote and perfected lengthy essays, produced beautiful and moving works of art, and took a host of Advanced Placement and Project Lead the Way exams. They have truly earned the designation of Scholar and we hope the lessons they have learned in their time at St. Mary’s Ryken will continue to serve them in good stead in the years to come."


Scholars Program Recipients from the Class of 2019


Victor Bonilla

Trisha Bowes

Raphael Civil

Raina De La Cruz

Tyara Nguyen

Shaniyah Ortiz 

Erin Ruthe 

Ryan Summy

Clarke Weddington

Carleigh Wood

Computer Science

Sam Silverstone

Gabriel Smith


Andrew Beckman 

Leilani Friday

William Greer

Shane Gregan

Abigail Halterman 

Kellyn Murphy

Ryan Sanford

Jennifer Tennant

Global and International Studies

Julia Jones

Arthur Masoero

Catherine Nguyen


James Redding

Krystal Shaw

Visual Arts

Sarah Walls

Alexandra Wettengel

SMR also offers a Scholars Program track in the Performing Arts.

The goal of the Scholars Program is to offer accelerated curriculum concentrations to our students who want a more rigorous and advanced course of study in a specific field.

The STEM curriculum uses Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation's leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW's success in preparing students to succeed has been recognized by many colleges and universities. SMR is the only high school in St. Mary's County that currently utilizes PLTW curriculum. 

Benefits of the SMR Scholars Program include:

  • Participation in a selective academic program with specialty pathways
  • Internship opportunities
  • Flexible scheduling to allow for electives of choice
  • Exclusive field trips
  • Capstone senior project with presentations to local professionals with consultation and feedback
  • Distinguished addition for college applications
  • Recognition at graduation and Scholars Program diploma

For more information about the Scholars Program, please visit this page, or contact Mr. Brad Chamberlain at

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