October 8, 2013
Forty-six African American 10th grade students spent Sept. 19 at the Congressional Black Caucus, meeting with members of Congress and other leaders to continue developing their interest in national, state and local government. The students participated in a town hall meeting with congressional leaders and met with mentors from the business community.
Forty-four Hispanic MCPS high school students participated in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Legislative Conference on Oct. 1. The students met with Hispanic members of Congress and other leaders and participated in various workshops with mentors from the business community.
Class of 2013 Excels on SAT
The Class of 2013 earned strong results on the SAT college entrance exam, significantly outscoring their peers across the state and the nation. MCPS also showed significant growth in SAT participation and performance among students who are economically disadvantaged.
MCPS graduates earned a combined average score of 1648, outscoring graduates in the state of Maryland by 165 points and across the nation by 150 points. In MCPS, 69 percent of graduates took the SAT, the same percentage as public school graduates in Maryland. Read the news release.
The Class of 2013 also outperformed their peers in Maryland and the nation on all sections of the ACT college admissions exam. Read the news release.
MCPS Has 186 National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists
MCPS has 163 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and 23 National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists in the 2014 competition. The semifinalists will now compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered in the spring. The competitions are sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The National Merit semifinalists come from 14 high schools. Read the news release.
Clarksburg HS Freshman Pens Graphic Novel
Christopher Huh, a freshman at Clarksburg High School, has written a historical fiction graphic novel on World War II and the Holocaust, Keeping My Hope. He spent more than 1,000 hours conducting research on the topic, and it took a year and a half for him to complete the book, which was created in pencil. He began writing the book after learning about the Holocaust in middle school.