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Maryland Masters Award

Comptroller Peter Franchot created a new award program aimed at recognizing youth who have displayed extraordinary artistic skills and a vision for Maryland’s future. Dubbed the Maryland Masters Award, the initiative will celebrate the achievements of Marylanders through the arts and showcase the work of students from Kindergarten through 12th grade in the Comptroller’s Office in Annapolis.

The Comptroller has reached out to public school superintendents of all 23 counties and Baltimore City, requesting that they identify one piece of artwork from an elementary, middle and high school student within their jurisdiction. The selected students, their families and school officials will be invited to join Comptroller Franchot and other state officials for an official art exhibit unveiling ceremony, where the students will receive the Maryland Masters Award.

Following the debut, the art will remain on display for two months. The student artwork will join a collection of original paintings by one of Comptroller Franchot’s favorite artists, Herman Maril. Called an American modernist, Maril was born in Baltimore and served as a professor at University of Maryland for more than 30 years.

For additional information on the Maryland Masters program please contact Emily Hollis at For more information, please read the FAQ

The award presentations for the 2013-2014 school year are complete. Nominations for the 2014-2015 school year are currently closed.

The following students received the inaugural Maryland Masters Award for the 2013-14 school year:

  • Anne Arundel County
     Desmond Wright, 4th Grade, Central Special School
    Julian Lahdelma-Sanders, 8th Grade, Brooklyn Park Middle School
    Vivian Tejada, 12th Grade, North County High School
  • Baltimore County
    Haley White, 5th Grade, Glenmar Elementary School
    Maria Karvounis, 7th Grade, Hereford Middle School
    Jasmine Gilliam, 12th Grade, Randallstown High School
  • Calvert County
    Madelyne Matthews, 2nd Grade, Beach Elementary School
    Cameron Benton, 8th Grade, Mill Creek Middle School
    Adam Kohn, 12th Grade, Huntingtown High School
  • Caroline County
    Bethany Grunden, 8th Grade, Colonel Richardson Middle School
  • Carroll County
    Anna Ruby, 7th Grade, West Middle School
    Courtney McCracken, 9th Grade, Century High School
    Chris Scott, 12th Grade, Westminster High School
  • Cecil County
    Maverick Rau, 3rd Grade, Kenmore Elementary School
    Lauren “Nikki” Gray, 8th Grade, Rising Sun Middle School
    Paulaina Gabbert, 12th Grade, Rising Sun High School
  • Charles County
    Tahir Qayyum, 6th Grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
    Chinazam Ojukwu, 9th Grade, Westlake High School
    Abby Belote, 12th Grade, La Plata High School
  • Dorchester County
    Kameron Phillips, 5th Grade, Choptank Elementary School
    Steffi Webster, 8th Grade, Mace’s Lane Middle School
    Kayla Cannon, 12th Grade, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School
  • Frederick County
    Mia Sims, Kindergarten, Deer Crossing Elementary School
    Mary Lagnese, 8th Grade, Middletown Middle School
    Brad Eisenhauer, 12th Grade, Governor Thomas Johnson High School
  • Harford County
    Jasanveer Aulakh, 4th Grade, Emmorton Elementary School
    Alexus Walz, 8th Grade, Aberdeen Middle School
    Kenzie Targarona, 12th Grade, C. Milton Wright High School
  • Howard County
    Jayden Kelly, 2nd Grade, Rockburn Elementary School
    Sarah Cooper, 7th Grade, Glenwood Middle School
    Kaitlynn Motley, 12th Grade, Howard High School
  • Montgomery County
    Nicholas Tucker, 5th Grade, Piney Branch Elementary School
    Pauline Turla, 8th Grade, Newport Mill Middle School
    Adam Anderson, 12th Grade, Winston Churchill High School
  • Prince George’s County
    Egypt Nash, 3rd Grade, Overlook Elementary School
    Jada Pigford, 8th Grade, Benjamin D. Foulois Creative & Performing Arts Academy
    Nataly Martinez-Ayala, 12th Grade, High Point High School
  • Queen Anne’s County
    Emma Draper, 2nd Grade, Centreville Elementary School
    Sean Hobbs, 7th Grade, Matapeake Middle School
    Olyvia Utterback, 12th Grade, Kent Island High School
  • St. Mary’s County
    Avery Kent, 4th Grade, Evergreen Elementary School
    Taylor Bahen, 7th Grade, Margaret Brent Middle School
    Jessica Burroughs, 12th Grade, Chopticon High School
  • Talbot County
    Kaleigh Hammond, 2nd Grade, Easton Elementary School
    Maisie Hambleton, 7th Grade, St. Michaels Middle-High School
    Chandler Willey, 11th Grade, Easton High School
  • Washington County
    Alexus Smetzer, 4th Grade, Bester Elementary School
    Haley Rodriguez, 8th Grade, Springfield Middle School
    Anastasia Fedorko, 11th Grade, Clearspring High School
  • Wicomico County
    Grace Ann Davis, 4th Grade, Fruitland Intermediate School
    Patrick Rafferty-Lehosit, 8th Grade, Wicomico Middle School
    Kira Kim, 12th Grade, Wicomico High School
  • Worcester County
    Kamau N’Dirangu, 3rd Grade, Cedar Chapel Special School
    Meghan Hall, 6th Grade, Berlin Intermediate School
    Miki Katna, 12th Grade, Stephen Decatur High School

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