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2016 Achievement Awards

Christina Brooking  Steve Vutsinas 
John Skillet Ulmschnieder
Class of 1997
Lamar Tyler
Class of 1994
Nancy Miller  
Nancy Miller
Class of 1967




John, a 13-year veteran Prince George’s County firefighter-paramedic, gave his life in the line of duty while making a medical welfare check at a home in Temple Hills. Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said the person inside the home did not answer a knock at the door by authorities, and a decision was made to enter the house to check on the individual. As the first responders were attempting to enter, the person in the home fired several shots through the door, hitting John and another firefighters as well as the concerned relative who made the call. Police said no officer fired any gunshots and the gunman in the home was taken into custody at the time. John left behind a wife and two year-old daughter. According to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Unfortunately, I've got to go before the people of Prince George’s County and let them know that we have lost another one of our brave firefighters doing what they do every day. These men and women put their lives on the line, and unfortunately tonight, we lost one of them. This is a sad day in Prince George’s County.





Using his motto The Gatekeepers Are Gone, Lamar, along with his wife Ronnie, has successfully grown the couple’s website Black and Married with Kids ( to become the largest independent, African American marriage and parenting site on the web. Armed with a passion for empowering married couples and a knowledge of how to leverage social media, Lamar and Ronnie have taken Tyler New Media and Black and Married with Kids from a small personal blog to an international brand that also boasts five independently produced films and a social media presence that includes over 500,000 Facebook fans. In 2012, the Tylers were acknowledged on Ebony Magazine's Power 100 list of the country's most influential African-Americans which included President Barack Obama, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Tyler Perry among its ranks. In addition to the Ebony Power 100 Lamar and Ronnie have also been featured as finalists for the Black Enterprise Family Business of the Year Award and Infusionsoft's Small Business ICON competition.





Nancy is a successful attorney, living and practicing in Prince George’s County and maintaining and office in Clinton that serves the Surrattsville community. Over the past several years, Nancy’s commitment to her alma mater and the great kids at Surrattsville has taken the extraordinarily generous form of endowing two named Foundation scholarships, the Esther Clifton Miller Memorial Scholarship and the Thomas V. Miller, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. These two scholarships provide significant monetary grants to graduating seniors whose activities at SHS and plans for the future reflect the values and life’s work of Nancy’s parents. Nancy also generously funded a significant addition to the account of the Foundation’s General Fund Scholarship, permitting it to increase its annual awards to deserving graduates. Like the philanthropic example set by Charlie Cooper (52) in the early days of the Foundation when he endowed the Foundation’s Principals/Faculty/Staff Memory Fund, the Foundation is hopeful that Nancy’s recent generosity will inspire others to establish additional named scholarships through the Foundation.