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Making a difference for women, Maryland & BMHS: Celebrating Two Judges and a Medical Doctor


Hon. DaNeeka Mount Varner Cotton, Dr. Geoffrey Varner, Hon. Donnaka Varner Lewis

                          Image courtesy of WTOP News

Bishop McNamara and La Reine High Schools have been blessed to have many alumni who have gone on to make a difference in their communities. Many have come back to make a difference here at Bishop McNamara.

Dr. Geoffrey Mount Varner, a 1985 graduate of Bishop McNamara, is one of those individuals making the community better with his contributions as a healthcare professional. Dr. Mount Varner is an Emergency Room Physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a best-selling author, an international speaker, and a COVID-19 advisor to multiple government COVID committees. He has two students currently at Bishop McNamara, Brooke ‘21 and Geoff ‘24. Dr. Mount Varner has served repeatedly as a Covid Advisor to our school administration helping us prepare to return safely to school. He is also the generous donor of the Cyber Bar, a gathering space in the Andy Mona ‘82 Student Center where students and faculty enjoy conversing and learning together.

His sister, the Honorable DaNeeka Mount Varner Cotton, a 1984 graduate of La Reine High School, is a judge for the Prince George's Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit. Judge Cotton is currently a member of our school’s Board of Directors and the mother of BMHS graduates Jailynn '14, Jesse and Joseph '16 and Jaide '18. Judge Cotton is a former State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County and has received several awards from the Governor’s office.

The sibling graduates continue to give back to our community ensuring that the La Reine/McNamara legacy thrives for all our families now and in the future. Along with their sister, the Honorable Donnaka Varner Lewis, who is also a judge in Maryland -  5th District, District Court of Maryland in Prince George's County - they are making a difference in our state as well. 

Recently, WUSA9 and WTOP ran stories featuring the sisters as the first in the state of Maryland to ever serve on the bench. Along with their brother, the three siblings are proud graduates of Hampton University. Follow the links below for the full stories.

Our thank you Varner - Cotton - Lewis families for all you do for our community and our state!


WUSA 9 This Pair of Sisters are Both Judges - Get Uplifted by Matt Pusatory

WTOP Sisters in law: Sisters are judges in Prince George's County by Stephanie Gaines-Bryant


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