If you happen to be touring the White House this holiday season, you might see some familiar faces. For the second time, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Chamber Singers are appearing there to sing during holiday tours.
The Chamber Singers is the school’s most advanced choral group. Students are chosen by audition and perform a cappella. They appeared at the White House on Nov. 29. The school’s choral director is Lisa Itkin.
The ensembles prepare 60 minutes of singing for these performances. Chamber Singers learn approximately 35 pieces, and sing the same program twice with a 20-minute break. “It is an exhausting day, but completely worth it!,” Itkin says.
The group sang at a Children’s Hospital event earlier this month and will also perform at ZooLights on December 21.
Montgomery Blair Student Wins “Councilmember for a Day” Challenge
Moira Johnson from Montgomery Blair High School has been named the winner of Councilmember Craig Rice’s “Councilmember for a Day” challenge. Montgomery County Councilmember Rice developed the contest as a way for young people to become more engaged in public policy issues, learn about local government and become involved with the community.
Moira’s winning entry focused on parental illness and the impact it has on children. Read it here.
Councilmember Rice announced the winner at the Council’s Youth Town Hall reception on Nov. 29. Nine other finalists also were recognized at the reception.
Minority Scholars Program Students Creating Mobile App
The Minority Scholars Program (MSP) has teamed up with Digital Education Technology Fund to create a Minority Scholars Program mobile app. The endeavor is being led by the MSP programs at Quince Orchard and Paint Branch high schools, which will be slated as App development hubs. More than 30 students from the 22 MSP high schools will take part in designing, developing and creating a mobile app for the program. The mobile app will not only serve as a communications and organization tool, but will also provide young leaders with the opportunity to learn first-hand from a team of professionals how to create and develop their own mobile app.
MSP is a student-driven initiative aimed at reducing the achievement gap by expanding the number of African American and Latino students in honors and AP courses, and fostering positive relationships.
Students Promote Peace Through Artwork
Earlier this month, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera presented awards to winners of the Judiciary’s 12th annual Conflict Resolution Day art contest. Students in grades K-8 were invited to use art to create bookmarks based on the theme of resolving or preventing conflict.
Chief Judge Barbera presented awards to the young artists and met with the students, their families and friends. More than 1,000 bookmarks were unveiled at the reception and will be displayed at the Judicial College Education and Conference Center in Annapolis throughout December. A selection of the winning entries will be printed as bookmarks that will be distributed throughout Maryland to promote conflict resolution.
The contest, sponsored by the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, received 1,823 entries from students across Maryland, with 15 bookmarks chosen as winners and 48 as honorable mentions. See the list here.