Students were front and center throughout the State of Schools event on March 23, serving as greeters, performers, and speakers. They also created artwork for a silent auction. Danny Hawkins Jr., a fifth-grader at Johnnycake Elementary School, led the pledge of allegiance, and Madison Janey, an eighth-grader at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, shared a reflection on her BCPS journey. Jasmine Martin-Wilson, an eighth-grader at Windsor Mill Middle School, shared comments about what the system is doing well and where it can improve. Blessing Kimbi and Thai Trogdon of the Woodlawn High School Navy JROTC participated in the JROTC Color Guard.
There were performances from the all-county honors dance ensemble, which featured students from Deer Park Middle Magnet School, New Town High School, Southwest Academy and Sudbrook Magnet Middle School; the Lyons Mills Elementary School Swing Dancers; and Milford Mill Academy Chorus.
The theme, “Believe, Rise, Lead, was created by Pikesville High School students.