Mayfield Woods Middle School student Saketh Sundar placed 12th in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in June. By making the top 15 nationally, Sundar went farther than any other Howard County student in the history of the competition.

More than 3,800 seniors graduated as members of the HCPSS Class of 2017 and collectively earned nearly $14 million in scholarships for their first year of college. For most graduates, the next big step is college, with 69.1 percent planning to enroll in a four-year college this fall. An additional 27.8 percent are heading to a two-year college and most will later transfer to a four-year institution. A large proportion of graduates also are going directly into the workforce, with many students planning to pursue simultaneous options.

The first cohort of students in the ARL Early College Program in cybersecurity graduated high school recently with up to 40 college credits. The program is a unique partnership between HCPSS and Howard Community College.

The graduating class at each high school selected their Senior Class Teacher of the Year Award last spring: