Education Corner

Rising Star - Jeffrey Agwaze

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CLINTON — It hard to leave a conversation with 14-year-old Jeffrey Agwaze without a smile on your face and he takes personal pride in that.

Agwaze is an eighth-grade student at Stephen Decatur Middle School who has a personal passion for making people smile. He calls himself a unique student who knows how to have fun while remaining respectful.

“I love making friends. I love being cool with teachers, adults, having great talks with them, playing around,” he said while laughing. “I love seeing a smile on people’s faces.”


Sentinel Students of the Month - Esther and Jessica

3.18 SOTM Esther3.18 SOTM JessicaLAUREL — It is hard to believe that one high school can hold so much potential for greatness but Esther Iluyomade and Jessica Davis have proven that Laurel High School is home to at least two shining stars.

For nearly two years now, The Sentinel has gone to local Prince George’s County Public High Schools to highlight outstanding seniors, asking each school to pick just one amazing student to feature. But when two students are excelling so much in one program, exceptions must be made.

Davis and Iluyomade are both part of Laurel’s Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM), a program designed to prepare students for education careers once they leave high school.

For Davis, the program has provided much-needed insight into a something that she was interested in: child growth and development.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” she said. “They pretty much prepare you for being a teacher when you leave the school if that’s what you’re interested in.”

The process of interning with teachers has been eye-opening, she said and has taught her both respect and humility.


Extraordinary Educator - Carmen Tucker

3.18 EE printCLINTON — Although Carmen Tucker’s passion for educating began with playing school with her siblings and cousins at her grandmother’s house, her real inspiration came from her third-grade teacher.

“She cared,” Tucker said. “She put her all into her students. It wasn’t just about school - and she cared about you as a person.”


Student of the Month - Yaa Awusi-Sarkodie

11.17 SOTMBELTSVILLE – Yaa Awusi-Sarkodie is a teenage girl that has lived through a number of hardships in her life, but has used her struggles as fuel to keep moving forward.

Awusi-Sarkodie, a senior at High Point High School, lost her mother when she was just 8 years old. In May 2013, at 12, she immigrated to the United States from Ghana with her brothers to reunite with her father, who moved to America when she was just a 1-year-old.