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Prince George’s County Students Honored with Maryland Masters Awards

The student artwork will be on display for two months at the Comptroller’s Office in Annapolis.

Dr. Kevin Maxwell, CEO, Prince George’s County Public Schools and Comptroller Peter Franchot, with the county’s Maryland Masters Award recipients: Jada Pigford, Natayl Martinez-Ayala and Egypt Nash. Credit: Maryland Comptrollers Office
Dr. Kevin Maxwell, CEO, Prince George’s County Public Schools and Comptroller Peter Franchot, with the county’s Maryland Masters Award recipients: Jada Pigford, Natayl Martinez-Ayala and Egypt Nash. Credit: Maryland Comptrollers Office
Comptroller Peter Franchot presented his Maryland Masters Awards to three Prince George’s County students at a ceremony on Monday at the Board of Education Building in Upper Marlboro.

The students honored included Egypt Nash, Jada Pigford and Natayl Martinez-Ayala.

Nash, a third-grader at Overlook Elementary School, drew a cityscape of houses 
under the midnight stars. Pigford, an eighth-grade student at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative & Performing Arts Academy, used oil pastels to create a drawing of a cheetah’s eye. Martinez-Ayala, a 12th-grader at High Point High School, drew an expressive self-portrait. 

The Maryland Master Award recognizes young, talented artists who have displayed extraordinary artistic skills, reflecting the vision of Maryland’s future.

The comptroller initiated the awards program to celebrate the achievements and talents of students from throughout the state enrolled in public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The students’ art will be on exhibit for two months at the Comptroller’s Office in Annapolis. Selected by local superintendents, the students, their families and school officials were invited to join Franchot and state and local 
officials for the official art exhibit unveiling ceremony and award presentation.

The students’ art will join a collection of original paintings by one of the comptroller’s favorite artists, Herman Maril. An American modernist, Maril was born in Baltimore and served as a professor at the University of Maryland for more than 30 years.

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