Seniors Earn Scholars Program Distinction
Posted 06/01/2018 09:00AM

Congratulations to the following students from the Class of 2018 for successfully completing the St. Mary's Ryken (SMR) 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. 

Back row from left: Faith Davis, Robert (Casey Burke), Brent Blandford, Frank Furtado, Conor Flynn, Jonathan Pappas and Rachelle Wakefield. Front row from left: Paolo Marcellana, Laurentino Ezra Quemuel, Sophia Trentacosta, Sarah Mudd and Lara Rudman. 

"Throughout their years at St. Mary's Ryken, students in the Scholars Program have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and dedication to a particular content area or discipline," said Principal Rick Wood. "Fifteen seniors in the class of 2018 have completed the requirements to earn designation as a SMR Scholar and we applaud their efforts. In recognition, we bestow these stoles upon them to wear at Commencement and to keep as a reminder of their diligence and perseverance."

STEM Pathway

Brett Blandford (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Faith Davis (University of Maryland Baltimore County, Meyerhoff Scholars Program)

Paolo Marcellana (University of Maryland Baltimore County)

Jonathan Pappas (University of Maryland College Park)

Biomedical Pathway

Robert Burke (The College of William and Mary)

Frank Furtado III (University of Maryland Baltimore County)

Lara Rudman (Furman University)

Sophia Trentacosta (University of Georgia)

Rachelle Wakefield (University of Maryland College Park)

Global and International Studies Pathway

Conor Flynn (St. John's College)

Sara Mudd (University of Georgia)

Laurentino Ezra Quemuel III (Catholic University of America)

Featuring curriculum from the nationally recognized program – Project Lead the Way, the Scholars Program offers STEM pathways in:

Computer Science

The Scholars Program also includes these specialty pathways:

Global and International Studies
Performing Arts
Visual 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, please contact Director of Communications and Marketing, Mrs. Betsy Haley at 301-475-7669 or 



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