Mission Moment: Celebrating STEM & BEEF Scholars

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On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, parents, educators, community members and siblings joined The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools to celebrate scholars.  Recipients of both STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics & Engineering) and BEEF (Business, Economics, Entrepreneur, & Finance) scholarships were honored as 2018 BCPS Scholars.

The evening opened with a brief welcome from Ms. Deborah Phelps, Executive Director of The Education Foundation of BCPS, followed by the introduction of the Mistress of Ceremonies, Ms.  Sarah Caldwell, Director of Development, Institute of Notre Dame and Former Anchor, WBALTV.  Her positive words of encouragement carried throughout the event.  Mr. John Dinkel of Dinkel Business Development and Former President & Publisher of the Baltimore Business Journal was the Keynote Speaker.  Through his reflection, Mr. Dinkel provided insight into the benefits gained through perseverance, hard work, persistence and courage to create a successful career path.

Expressing congratulations, Ms. Verletta White, Interim Superintendent joined the stage sharing an inspirational message, acknowledging the scholars in the room as leaders, innovators, and achievers and invited them to applaud themselves as contributors to TEAM BCPS Proud. The night concluded with a closing by Ms. Deborah Phelps, encouraging everyone in the room to embrace others, live each day with gratitude and to tell their own story.  Everyone has a story.

In the words of Jodi Picoult, “A photo says, you were so important to me that I put down everything else to come watch.”  Thank you, everyone, who took the time out of their busy day to pay tribute to our scholars.

The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc. wishes to congratulate the graduating class of 2018.  We celebrate you, we wish you wonderful days ahead and invite you to come back and tell us your stories.


Congratulations to The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc.

STEM and BEEF Scholarship Recipients


Luke Jackson                                       BEEF                                     Catonsville High School

Emma    Stevens                                  STEM                                    Catonsville High School

Angelica Medina                                 STEM                                    Chesapeake High School

Kenan    Yu                                           BEEF                                    Chesapeake High School

Kristen   Mitchell                                BEEF                                     Dulaney High School

Nichola Owens                                     STEM                                   Dulaney High School

Leah Mayfield                                      STEM                                    Dundalk High School

Alyssa Wilkerson-Dietz                       BEEF                                     Eastern Technical High School

Destiny  Franklin                                  STEM                                    Eastern Technical High School

Zoe Shimberg                                        BEEF                                     Franklin High School

Juliana Sherchan                                 STEM                                    Franklin High School

Jyotsna  Jayaram                                 STEM                                    George Washington Carver Center for

                                                                                                                Arts & Technology

Michelle Li                                           BEEF                                     George Washington Carver Center for

                                                                                                                Arts & Technology

Joshua Seaman                                    STEM                                    Hereford High School

Brennan Wells                                      BEEF                                     Hereford High School

Marvin   Johnson, Jr.                           BEEF                                     Kenwood High School

Joseph Landry                                     STEM                                    Kenwood High School

Hope Valentine                                    BEEF                                     Lansdowne High School

Elyssa Dunn                                         STEM                                    Lansdowne High School

Nicholas Lockhart                              BEEF                                     Loch Raven High School

Dominic Williams                                STEM                                    Loch Raven High School

Iqra Zulfigar                                         STEM                                    Milford Mill Academy

Don Parker                                            BEEF                                     Milford Mill Academy

Manelle El Gamel                               STEM                                    New Town High School

Victoria McKenzie                              BEEF                                     New Town High School

Thomas Shaniece                                STEM                                    Overlea High School

Maedot  Kibret                                     BEEF                                     Overlea High School

Remy Wendell                                      BEEF                                     Owings Mills High School

Brandon Schuster                                STEM                                    Owings Mills High School

Victoria Ezeji                                       BEEF                                     Parkville High School

Hariti Patel                                           STEM                                    Parkville High School

Akeal Evans                                         BEEF                                     Patapsco High School &

                                                                                                                Center for the Arts

Hailey Ludwig                                      STEM                                    Patapsco High School &

                                                                                                                Center for the Arts

Madeline Gruel                                    STEM                                    Perry Hall High School

Hailey Fink                                           STEM                                    Perry Hall High School

Alec Posner                                          BEEF                                     Pikesville High School

Lilieni Fanua                                       STEM                                    Pikesville High School

Jakerra Lance                                       BEEF                                     Randallstown High School

Cameron Isaac                                    STEM                                    Randallstown High School

Emily Poist                                           BEEF                                     Sparrows Point High School

Grace Fillmore                                      STEM                                    Sparrows Point High School

Jacob McCall                                       BEEF                                     Towson High School

Hannah Krebs                                      STEM                                    Towson High School

Lyeba    Hameed                                BEEF                                    Western School of Technology

Sade Parson                                          STEM                                    Western School of Technology

Mabi Morka                                         STEM                                    Woodlawn High School

Joanna Collins                                      BEEF                                     Woodlawn High School


A special thank you to John Coyle, Photographer, Coyle Studios, for in-kind services, capturing photographs of the scholars and the event.  You can visit Coyle Studios at https://coylestudios.com/

Thank you to Martin’s West for wonderful service and accommodations.

Thank you the BCPS Logistics Team for their consistent support.

Thank you to Jennifer Drury, Brian Hiles and the Staff of BCPS Print & Copy for their professional printing services and graphic design.

Thank you, John Bushman, Dan Shipp and BCPS-TV for your talented support.

Thank you to the Jazz Combo for the wonderful music.