Class of 2022 valedictorians, salutatorians and $167 million offered in scholarships

The Class of 2022 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will be honored at outdoor graduation ceremonies taking place May 31 through June 3 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. CCPS again partnered with Regency Furniture Stadium and the Charles County government to provide graduation ceremonies for nearly 2,100 seniors.

The Class of 2022 includes 2,045 graduates who have secured a record number of scholarship offers totaling nearly $167 million. The total is likely to increase as graduates report scholarship offers to their respective high schools. First up on the CCPS graduation schedule is St. Charles High School at 9 a.m. on May 31.

Pictured, left to right: Samuel Chernoff, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Cydney Wilson, McDonough; Taylor Peterson, La Plata High School; Lea Kwak, La Plata; Victoria St. John, St. Charles High School; Caden Simpson, St. Charles; Charlie Klinger, Henry E. Lackey High School; Morgan Martin, Lackey; Gabriel Alleyne, North Point Secondary School; Ishaan Chada, North Point; Alyson Smallhorn, Thomas Stone High School; Gabrielle Dorsey, Pierre; Casey Metzger, Westlake High School; Ann Ubaka, Westlake.
Credit: Charles County Public Schools

The official schedule is as follows. All graduations will be streamed live on www.ccboe.com.

  • Tuesday, May 31 – Saint-Charles High School, 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 31 – Maurice J. McDonough High School, 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 1 – Henry E. Lackey High School, 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 1 – Westlake High School, 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 2 – La Plata High School, 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 2 – Thomas Stone High School, 1 p.m.
  • Friday, June 3 – North Point High School, 9 a.m.

The class majors and salutatorians for the class of 2022 were announced this week and represent the top performers among each school’s graduates. These positions are determined by the students’ GPAs.

lead the Henry E. Lackey High School’s Class of 2022 is Morgan Martin as valedictorian and Charlie Klinger as Salutatorian. Martin will attend Lipscomb University on a full scholarship to study biochemistry. She plans to eventually move into the field of neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Klinger plans to join the US Coast Guard Academy to study marine and environmental science. She also plans to become a commissioned officer in the US Coast Guard.

Leaders of La Plata High School’s Class of 2022 include valedictorian Leah Kwak and salutatorian Taylor Peterson. Kwak plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park to earn her degree in biological sciences with a major in physiology and neurobiology. In 10 years, she sees herself as a graduate of medical school working to complete her residency.

Peterson plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park to study biological sciences through the school’s Gemstone Honors program. In 10 years, she wants to be in residency to become a doctor. She plans to become an orthopedic surgeon or neonatologist.

The The class of 2022 at Maurice J. McDonough High School is led by valedictorian Cydney Wilson and salutatorian Samuel Chernoff. Wilson is heading to Johns Hopkins University this fall on a scholarship to study neuroscience. She plans to become a medical examiner.

Chernoff will attend Emory University to study quantitative science. Following his bachelor’s degree, he plans to obtain his master’s degree in public policy or a law degree. He wants to work as a policy analyst at the state or federal level.

The The Valedictorian for the Class of 2022 at North Point High School is Ishaan Chada. Gabriel Alleyne is the class salutatorian at North Point. Chada plans to attend the University of California, Los Angeles to study aerospace engineering and astrophysics. He wants to eventually land a career in an organization such as NASA.

Alleyne will attend North Carolina A&T in the fall on merit scholarships through the College of Engineering’s Helping Orient Minorities to Engineering (HOME) program. He plans to study computer science at NC A&T. In 10 years, he wants to be part of the National Football League.

St. Charles High School senior Caden Simpson leads the class of 2022 as valedictorian. Victoria St. John is the Salutatorian. Simpson plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park to study computer science on a full Banneker/Key scholarship. In 10 years, he sees himself working for a big tech company, moving out, and starting his own family.

St. John will go to the University of Minnesota to study clinical psychology after receiving a national scholarship. She plans to become a pharmacy manager and clinical psychologist after graduation.

The The class valedictorian for the class of 2022 at Thomas Stone High School is Gabrielle Dorsey and the class salute is Alyson Smallhorn. Dorsey will attend the University of Maryland, College Park after receiving the Banneker/Key scholarship and plans to earn a degree in animal science. In 10 years, she sees herself in residence working to become a doctor of veterinary medicine.

Smallhorn will attend the University of Maryland, College Park, leaning toward a psychology degree. She plans to work in the field of psychology.

The outgoing promotion of Westlake High School is led by valedictorian Ann Ubaka and salutatorian Casey Metzger. Ubaka plans to attend Jacksonville University on a full scholarship. She will study computer science on the way to pre-medicine. After school, she sees herself working as a software engineer at an immigration arrangement company for non-local graduates (IANG) or as an OB-GYN serving underrepresented women.

Metzger will attend the University of Maryland, College Park on the full Banneker/Key Scholarship to study Biological Sciences/General Biology. In 10 years, she plans to become a doctor of internal medicine in her own practice or clinic.

Number of 2022 graduates by school (total scholarships may increase as offers are received)

Henry E. Lackey High School

  • Total number of graduates: 217 Scholarship offers: $13,848,533

La Plata High School

  • Total number of graduates: 273 Scholarship offers: $14,542,304

Maurice J. McDonough High School

  • Total number of graduates: 223 Scholarship offers: $14,247,361

North Point High School

  • Total number of graduates: 454 Scholarship offers: $52,391,054

St. Charles High School

  • Total number of graduates: 336 Scholarship offers: $24,963,349

Thomas Stone High School

  • Total number of graduates: 279 Scholarship offers: $29,611,887

Westlake High School

  • Total number of graduates: 263 Scholarship offers: $18,008,357

Total number of graduates: 2,045

Total scholarship offers: $167,612,845


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