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Comptroller Honors Students with Md. Masters Award

Comptroller Peter Franchot is honoring students in Frederick and Washington Counties for their artistic skills and vision of Maryland’s future.

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md - Comptroller Peter Franchot is honoring students in Frederick and Washington Counties for their artistic skills and vision of Maryland’s future.

Three students in Frederick County and three in Washington County are taking home the Maryland Masters Award.

“I am unapologetically a huge supporter of the creative arts in Maryland because out of that is going to come an even better and more prosperous economy than we have,” said Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot.

The comptroller shared a story of a recent visit to a Maryland based media company. He says the company told him, they can teach technology, but what they need is content and creativity.

“It's that marriage of technology and creativity, which I think is a future path for the state,” said Franchot.

The Maryland Masters Award is a new program in the State. One eighth grader from Middletown Middle School in Frederick County, Md. is taking home the award.

“I had them [the drawing] holding the world and the world was the only thing in color because I think our future could be bleak, but one little person could make a difference to hold the world and make all the difference really,” said Mary Lagnese of Middletown Middle School.

One award at a time, the comptroller hopes to encourage students to pursue their passion for the arts. Other local officials including Senator Ron Young helped present the awards. Young started the Frederick Arts Council and spoke about the Arts being valuable contribution to the City of Frederick over the years.

“If you think about the great cities of the world, most aren’t remember for politics, they’re remembered for their arts, architecture, music, paintings,” said Maryland Senator Ron Young.

The student’s art work will go on display in the Comptrollers office for two months.


The Frederick County students are:

Mia Sims of Deer Crossing Elementary School in New Market

Mary Lagnese of Middletown Middle School

Brad Eisenhauer, of Linganore High School in Frederick.


The Washington County students are:

Alexus Smetzer of Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown

Haley Rodriguez of Spingfield Middle School in Williamsport

Anastasia Fedorko of Clear Spring High School


The Comptroller also made a stop at the Mount Hope Christmas Tree Farm in Hagerstown to present a proclamation to the family.


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