Local students, staff recognized with 2024 Team BCPS Day awards

TOWSON, MD—Team BCPS Day 2024, held on on Thursday, January 11, was a fun-filled day around Baltimore County. Across the county, students, staff, and supporters of Baltimore County Public Schools wore blue and posted nearly 170 photos on social media using hashtag #BCPSblue.

As it does each year, BCPS selects some of the images and videos posted on Team BCPS Day to honor with award certificates for their creativity and spirit. The following awards have been announced for Team BCPS Day 2024:

  • First to Use the #BCPSblue Hashtag on January 11
    Kevin Jennings, principal, Rossville Elementary School
  • Best Alumni Pride
    Staff from Sandy Plains Elementary School, including graduates of Dundalk, Eastern Technical, Hereford, Owings Mills, Parkville, Patapsco, and Perry Hall high schools
  • Best Blue Book Display
    The Battle of the Books Club at Martin Boulevard Elementary School created blue book displays throughout the school’s library media center
  • Best Blue Headpiece
    Lakecia Hines, community school facilitator, Glyndon Elementary School
  • Best Blue on the Beat
    Dogwood Elementary School Grade 1 students in Devin Mercer’s music class
  • Best Blue Volunteer
    Tie: Ms. Brewster of Charlesmont Elementary School, and
    Ms. Noreen of Riverview Elementary School
  • Best Community Service Message
    Gus Franklin, member of pupil personnel worker Howard Franklin’s family, was featured in a post promoting school attendance.
  • Best Furry Friend
    Lillie, family member of Jill Rosenthal, school social worker, The Chatsworth School
  • Best “Get in Formation”
    Young Men of Honor at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
  • Best Head-to-Toe Blue
    Gary Braham, science teacher, Lansdowne High School
  • Best Large Group Photo
    West Towson Elementary School
  • Best Multigenerational Blue
    Cathy Phillips Walrod and family, three generations of BCPS students, alumni, and staff
  • Best Siblings in Blue
    The children of Megan Gorkiewicz. They attend Sparks Elementary School, and Gorkiewicz is a social emotional learning teacher at Parkville High School.
  • Best True-Blue Accessory
    Tie: Alicia Fales, supervisor of school to career transition in Career and Technical Education and graduate of Kenwood High School, and
    Mandy Shanks, principal, Dumbarton Middle School and graduate of Overlea High School
  • Best True-Blue Business Partner
    First Financial Federal Credit Union
  • Best True-Blue Community Partner
    Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake
  • Best True-Blue Friends
    LeQuin Sumpter Jr. and Ryan Ayd, Grade 3 scholars, Stephanie Stefanik’s class, Rossville Elementary School
  • Best True-Blue Story
    Paul Steinert, a McDaniel College student, now serving as a student teacher with Valerie Gorlin Tarbell, his former Grade 3 teacher
  • Best Use of Blue in a Classroom Lesson
    Kindergarten students in Stephenie Henricks’ class at Rossville Elementary School learning the letter “B”
  • Most Fun Classroom Photo
    Rebecca Strumsky’s class, Grade 1, Vincent Farm Elementary School
  • Most Fun Office Photo
    Kellie Price, staff development teacher, Sandalwood Elementary School and LaJuan Johnson, specialist, Office of Title I
  • Youngest Team BCPS Day Participants
    The Preschool-3 class of Jodi Postol, The Chatsworth School

Team BCPS Day, a celebration of the schools, students, and staff of BCPS, takes place each year on the second Thursday in January.  Photos from Team BCPS Day 2024 are available here on Flickr.

Please follow and like us: