Anti-Vaping Contest Winners Announced, and Other Good News
Four MCPS schools have been named winners in Montgomery County’s first anti-vaping public service announcement youth contest, held earlier this year. The contest challenged students to create an original video on the dangers of vaping, including the use of e-cigarettes such as Juul, and offer resources to help youth quit vaping.
Ninety-two videos were submitted by 263 students (individual and group submissions). The contest winners are:
- First Place: My Story so Far, Damascus High School
- Second Place: (Tie) The Price of Vaping, Northwood High School and Is It Worth It?– Rochambeau, The French International School
- Third Place: Anti-Vaping Rap, Silver Creek Middle School
- Fourth Place: I Can Quit When I Want, Sherwood High School
A fan favorite was chosen from among the top five videos. The winner was the Anti-Vaping Rap produced by students at Silver Creek Middle School. A special acknowledgement was given to two schools that submitted the most videos: Silver Creek Middle School with 31 submissions and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School with 25 submissions.
The anti-vaping, tobacco prevention campaign is a collaboration of Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services, MCPS and Healthy Montgomery. For more information about anti-vaping efforts in Montgomery County, visit the Healthy Montgomery website.
Cabin John Orchestra Selected for Prestigious Music Conference
The Cabin John Middle School Advanced Orchestra was selected to perform at the 2020 Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference held each December in Chicago. The Midwest Clinic is considered one of the most prestigious music conferences in the world, attended by more than 18,000 people from every U.S. state and more than 40 countries. The news of their acceptance came about one month after the orchestra’s final performance of the 2019-2020 school year. The group met on March 10 to record their audition, just three days prior to the cancellation of in-person instruction. Although the pandemic has forced the cancellation of this event, the members of the orchestra and school are honored to have been invited to represent MCPS and Maryland. Cabin John shares this honor with six other middle schools in the U.S., the others being from Texas.
The Cabin John Orchestra is directed by Scott Herman, who has been teaching band and orchestra at Cabin John for 31 years. Herman is a recent recipient of the Maryland Music Educators Association’s (MMEA) Corwin Taylor Award for Leadership in Music Education, and is a prior recipient of the Outstanding Music Teacher Award. The Cabin John Music Program received MMEA’s Exemplary Music Program Award in 2012 and, this spring, Cabin John Principal John Taylor received the 2020 MMEA Outstanding Administrator Award.
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