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April 4, 2017

Sixty-six students who participated in the Student Emerging Leaders Program were honored at a reception on March 27, hosted by Councilmember Hans Riemer and sponsored by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education. The reception was the culmination of the yearlong program, which is designed to spark student interest in national, state and local government. See a photo gallery from the event.

Montgomery Blair Students Win Regional National Science Bowl Competition

Maryland Science Bowl Competition

A team from Montgomery Blair High School won the regional competition for the 2017 National Science Bowl last month and will advance to compete in the national finals later this month in Washington, D.C.

The National Science Bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math. More than 200 Maryland and D.C. high school students on 46 teams competed.

Members of the Blair team are: David Wu, Noah Singer, Jamie Vinson, Alex Miao and Elliot Kienzle. The coach is Tran Pham.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science sponsors the nationwide competition.

Beverly Farms Fourth Graders Win Regional STEM Competition

exploravision, beverly farms

On March 27, Aadi Gannavaram and Marck Philip, fourth graders from Beverly Farms Elementary School were honored as regional winners in the Exploravision competition conducted by Toshiba and National Science Teachers Association. They are among six teams selected from across the nation. They will move on to the national competition to vie for the grand prize of $10,000. Kerry Lee is the students’ coach.

ExploraVision is a K–12 science competition that charges students with solving real-world problems with a strong emphasis on STEM. Teacher coaches guide students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles.

Gannavaram and Philip’s project focused on a handheld device to detect pesticides in farm produce. Excessive pesticide use while growing fruits and vegetables often leaves hazardous levels of residual pesticides behind. Prolonged exposure to pesticides can cause several diseases including cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The Beverly Farms students proposed a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy-based device, which could detect trace amounts of pesticides and help minimize it. More information is available here.

Students at Three Schools Honored by C-SPAN for Documentary Films

Awards were given to students at Richard Montgomery and Montgomery Blair high schools and Eastern Middle School, who submitted award-winning documentaries to C-SPAN’s 2017 StudentCam competition. More than 5,000 students across the U.S. and several countries submitted more than 2,900 films. The contest encourages middle and high school students to think critically about issues that affect the nation. This year, students were asked to create a five-to-seven minute video documentary on the topic, “Your Message to Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?”

See the list of winners and watch the videos here.

VAC Student Takes First Place in Artwork Contest


Angelique Nagovskaya with Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, her mother, sister and art teacher, Jane Walsh.


Angelique Nagovskaya, a senior in the Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School, received first place in the high school category at The First Lady’s Art Gallery on March 20. At a reception in Annapolis to honor the winners, Angelique received a Governor’s Citation for her work.

Blair Students Pick Up Honors in Math, Science Competitions

Blair, Dilhan Salgado

Dilhan Salgado


Blair, Jacob Stavrianos

Jacob Stavrianos

Montgomery Blair High School junior Dilhan Salgado and sophomore Jacob Stavrianos, both students in the Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Magnet, won first and second places in the 38th annual University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition. Both students were awarded full four-year scholarships to the university. Salgado also won $600 in prize money; Stavrianos won $400.

Blair, Chesapeake Bay Bowl

In other Blair news, for the second consecutive year, a team of five students from the Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Magnet placed first in the 20th annual Chesapeake Bay Bowl, a competition for students to demonstrate their knowledge of marine science. Team members are Lara Shonkwiler, Emma Jin, Juliana Lu-Yang, Alex Miao and Jamie Vinson, all seniors. The team will now travel to Oregon in April to compete at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The team’s coach is Blair teacher Tran Pham.

Sixth Grade Safety Patrol Student to be Honored at Orioles Game

Emerson Delfin, a sixth grader and member of the safety patrol at North Chevy Chase Elementary School, will be a recipient of the AAA National School Safety Patrol Lifesaver Award at the Baltimore Orioles game on April 8. This award is the highest honor given to members of the School Safety Patrol, as recipients are chosen for having saved the life of a person in imminent danger while on patrol duty.

According to an eyewitness, Emerson was at the morning bus stop, along with other children. As the bus pulled up and came to a stop, the children started crossing the street, but a car approached in the opposite lane and did not appear to be slowing down. Emerson called for them to come back and they hurried back to the curb. Once the car passed, she led the children across the street and they safely boarded the bus. Emerson “handled it well and with great maturity, making sure all the kids were OK,” the eyewitness said.

Student Photography Work Exhibited at Johns Hopkins

JHU photo show

Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County campus exhibited the photography work of students from 13 MCPS schools during a recent competition. Of the 261 photographs submitted, jurors selected 53 to be showcased. Five students won prizes.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, will be on display through May 12 in the lobby of the campus’s building at 9605 Medical Center Dr. in Rockville.

Read more here.


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