By Kelly Boyd
Franklin High English 9 and HSA Prep Teacher
The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering has identified Franklin as one of their top 25 source schools. Currently, six students from Franklin’s class of 2012 are freshmen in the school of engineering.
“The class of 2012 demonstrated amazing potential thinking creatively and solving complex problems,” said AP Calculus teacher Doug Dunkle. “I am confident these six students will represent Franklin very well.”
Nine members of the class of 2013 have already applied for admission to the A. James Clark School of Engineering next fall. Those students are: Alyssa Sooklal, Jacob Habtemariam, Andrew Poissant, Melanie Chhuan, Cristian Smit, Mitchell McNamara, Ben Yarsky, Pawel Malicki and Keenan Albee. These excellent students plan on studying a range of engineering disciplines, from Biotechnology to Aerospace to Mechanical; all are excited about the opportunities that could await them in College Park.
Franklin’s principal, Pat McCusker, couldn’t be happier about this recognition.
“As an alum of Maryland myself, I am personally proud to send so many of our brightest students to such a reputable engineering program,” he said.
It’s no surprise that students from Franklin are impressing the admissions board at College Park. Franklin offers multiple Advanced Placement courses in Math and Science, such as AP Statistics, AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science and AP Chemistry.
“Students studying engineering have the opportunity to have a positive impact on our workforce and society in general,” said AP Biology teacher Sarah Provins. “I am very proud of our students and know that in the future even more will pursue this path as our math and science departments work together to produce well-rounded, highly-capable, and motivated students.”
The full list of 2012-2013 Top Source Schools for Engineering can be found here: http://www.eng.umd.edu/html/news/news_story.php?id=6817