Congratulations Class of 2020

  • Valedictorian: Victoria Lassahn
  • Salutatorian: Adia Thomas
  • Brooks Spirit of Service Scholarship Award: Johnathan Davis
  • Outstanding Seniors: Samantha Lassahn and Taylor Calheira
  • Principal’s Award: Janiya Foreman and Jonathan Davis
  • Mission Statement Award: Anastasia Godat and Deonte’ Ferguson

Class of 2020 Department Awards

  • Religion Department – Brice Gregory
  • Fine Arts – Janiya Foreman
  • English – Victoria Lassahn
  • World Languages – Jonathan Davis
  • Mathematics – Adia Thomas
  • Science – Minsung Kim
  • Social Studies – Joshua Pfeltz
  • First Financial Scholarship Recipient – Samantha Lassahn
  • McCormick Unsung Hero Award – Deonté Ferguson and Samantha Lassahn

  • Photos from the Senior Chapel
  • Photos from Graduation

2019-2020 Academic Honors

Student Activities

Last Fall, Mrs. Cain’s 8th-grade science students shared their final physics project in which they used their knowledge of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion to help them design and build a container that would keep an egg safe from a 20-foot drop. Headmaster Mr. Brent Johnson and Mr. Tim Boothe assisted by dropping the projects off the roof. The students were overjoyed when they found their eggs intact!

The MALIM Foundation awarded Concordia Prep a grant to create an engineering lab and program for Middle School students, which launched in the fall of 2019.

Pictured, students in a Middle School Engineering class study a combination of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science by building, programming, testing, and troubleshooting design prototypes of VexIQ robots.

In November the Concordia Prep Theatre Department presented “Secondary Cause of Death” a murder-mystery that included performances from both Upper and MIddle school students.. This was the first performance in the newly-renovated Black Box Theatre. 

Before the Sunday performance, alumna Cindy Bell ’71, with assistance from Theatre Director Mrs. Joy Johnson, cut the ribbon to dedicate the Black Box Theatre to Ms. Bell’s parents. The Black Box Theatre is named the  Ron and Reba Hammond Black Box Theatre. The theatre was named in loving memory for their support of the Baltimore Lutheran School and Concordia Prep School Theatre Program.

In December, Concordia Prep held the 12th Annual Poetry Out Loud contest organized by English Department Chairperson Mr. Gary Doede. Students Matthew “Amir” Richardson, Katie Doyle, Brennen Peroutka, Randy Smith, Colin Siefert, Alexis Jones, Joe Foster-Williams, and Samantha Lassahn all competed. Mr. Qiping Horizon Feng recited “Water Melody” by Su Shi in Chinese and provided a synopsis in English. Matthew Richardson came in third place, Brennan Peroutka came in second place and Randy Smith came in first place.

Because of his first-place finish, Randy advanced to the regional Poetry Out Loud competition, where he finished in third place, and then advanced to State Finals at the Everyman Theater in Baltimore City on March 7th, where he came in first place! He was slated to compete in the National Poetry Out Loud Competition in April in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, that competition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time in school history that a student has won the state competition.

Eighth-grader Rachel Suggs placed first and Dominic Sambataro came in second place in Concordia Prep’s annual Geography Bee contest. Rachel represented Concordia Prep in the Maryland State Geography Bee competition.

Photo from left:  Jaidon Mendez, Buddy Moore, Rachel Suggs, Carter Hafez, Dominic Sambataro, Seth Parker, Kara Collins, Victoria Mack, and Caden Cancilia.

In February, the juniors received their class rings at the junior ring ceremony. Mr. Gary Barth, the junior class moderator before his retirement last summer, and Mrs. Marcie Barth were at the ceremony to present the class rings. Pictured: Headmaster Mr. Brent Johnson presides over the Blessing of the Rings during chapel.

Members of Ms. Tornabene’s physics class studied the conservation of momentum by designing and solving original problems involving two-dimensional collisions on pool tables. This activity finished the section on momentum and impulse that started with an egg toss.

Ms. Tornabene’s honors Physics and AP Computer Science Principles classes had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Charles Camp an Electrical Engineer in the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Camp is the son of Director of Guidance and Academic Dean Mrs. Kim Grill. The interactive presentation centered on the importance of standardized tests, SAT or ACT, in college admissions; the value of AP courses and use of AP Exam credits towards meeting general education requirements in college; the breadth of career opportunities for STEM majors related to their innate curiosity and logic skills, as well as the importance of having strong math and writing skills in college and the value of having such skills in the job market. Dr. Camp also emphasized the importance of computer and coding skills for all students as the use of artificial intelligence becomes commonplace in the job market.

Service to the Community

In October, the entire middle school traveled to First Fruits Farm, Inc. to perform service harvesting thousands of pounds of potatoes and other vegetables that were donated to local food banks, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens. 

In December members of the Varsity and JV girls’ basketball teams volunteered for Empower4life to wrap Christmas gifts for over 200 homeless children in the Baltimore area. 

A contingent of Concordia Prep students, with Mrs. Welinsky and Mr. Holder, participated in the Cool Schools Challenge at the Plunge Maryland Polar Bear Plunge benefitting Special Olympics Maryland.


Fall Highlights

For the first time in school history, both the Varsity Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer teams won championships in the same season. The Varsity Girls’ team coached by Mrs. Meghan Christian for the third year, faced Annapolis Area Christian School in the IAAM C1 Championship game and won in double OT, 1-0 to become the IAAM C1 Champions. They finished the season with an 18-1-1 record. This year they moved up to the IAAM B Conference.

IAAM All-Conference: seniors Samantha and Victoria Lassahn, junior Madison Hieber, and sophomore Faith Vernarelli.

The Varsity Boys’ soccer team beat Severn 3-0 in the semifinals to advance to the MIAA B Conference championship game. They beat Friends 2-1 in OT. The Saints are back-to-back B Conference Champions! They finished the season with an overall record of 18-2-0. 

MIAA All-Conference: Taylor Calheira, Marcello Ferraz, Ryan Calheira, Colton Drought, and Gabriel Barthel.

In October, senior Taylor Calheira scored his 33rd goal – breaking the BLS/CPS school record of 31. He was named a 2019 High School All-American for soccer and played in the 2019 High School All-American Game in December in Orlando, FL.

The Varsity Football team finished the season 3-5 in conference play after moving up to the competitive MIAA B Conference. The team had big wins against Paul the Great, 57-0, St. Pauls, 35-14, Dundalk 13-0, and Severn 26-10. Head Coach Josh Ward departed at the end of the school year and Mr. Joseph Battaglia was named the head coach in June.

MIAA All-Conference: Davion Ames, Chiebuka Aduaka, Keith Bagwell, and Sone Metuge.

Seniors Jonathan Davis and Matt Barrera were selected to play in the All-Star game in December by the Baltimore Touchdown Club.

The Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team, coached by Mrs. Kara Baney had a great season. The overall record was 7-7, 6-2 in conference. They finished 3rd overall in the C Conference having advanced to the semifinals for the first time in five years. IAAM All-Conference: senior Janiya Foreman.

Photo from left: Fall IAAM All-Conference, Madison Hieber, Janiya Foreman, Sam Lassahn, Tori Lassahn, and Faith Vernarelli. 

The Cross Country team was very small. Concordia Prep student-athletes participated on their own. On September 26, junior Matthew Richardson finished in first place in the MIAA/IAAM meet vs. Beth Tfiloh. Sophomore Oryne Stewart finished in sixth place.

Winter Highlights

The Varsity Girls’ Basketball team lost to Bryn Mawr 42-32 in the IAAM C Conference Champion in February. This was the first time since 2008 that the Varsity Girls’ team has competed in the IAAM Championship game. They finished the season 21-11 overall and 9-1 in conference.

Freshman Hailee Ford was selected to the IAAM C All-Conference Team.

The Varsity Boys’ Basketball team finished the season 7-5 in conference and 8-16 overall under new Head Coach, Mr. Bryan Howard.

Sophomore Oryne Stewart and junior Justin Carter were selected to the MIAA C All-Conference team.

The Concordia Prep JV Boys’ Basketball was MIAA JV C Conference Champions. They beat Cristo Rey 52-50 in the MIAA JV C Conference Championship game. 

Spring Highlights

Despite the pandemic, the IAAM honored these spring athletes: seniors Anastasia Godat, and Samantha and Victoria Lassahn for lacrosse and seniors Trinity Council, Janiya Forman, Adia Thomas, Paige Weatherly, and Madison Wehrheim for softball.

The following Concordia Prep seniors from the Class of 2020 will be playing college sports next year:

  • Davion Ames – Football – Alderson Broaddus
  • Taylor Calheira – Soccer – UMBC
  • Deonté Ferguson – Football – Palmetto Prep
  • Anastasia Godat – Field Hockey – Washington & Jefferson College
  • Samantha Lassahn – Lacrosse – Shepherd University
  • Victoria Lassahn – Lacrosse – Shepherd University