Bethesda-Chevy Chase Sophomore Elected as Next Student Member of the Board
Eric Guerci, a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School has been elected as the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) for the 2015-2016 school year. His term begins on July 1, 2015.
All secondary school students were eligible to vote in the SMOB election and 81.7 percent cast ballots. Mr. Guerci received 52 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Rachit Agarwal, a junior at Richard Montgomery High School, received 48 percent.
Mr. Guerci has been active in student government and leadership for several years and currently serves as vice president for the Montgomery County Regional (MCR) Student Government Association (SGA). He has also served as the MCR SGA Finance Committee Chair; senior policy advisor to the SMOB Advisory Council; and is the co-founder and executive vice president of Montgomery County Student and Business Leaders for Education, which promotes public/private partnerships to improve education.
Mr. Guerci will replace the current SMOB, Dahlia Huh, a senior from Clarksburg High School who will graduate in May.
For more information, visit the Student Member of the Board website.
Riderwood Residents Donate $24,000 to Scholarships for MCPS Students
Three MCPS students were given four-year scholarships worth $8,000 each from the residents of Riderwood Village Retirement Community in Silver Spring. The funds are to be used over a four-year period.
The MCPS students who won the scholarships are: Steve Ngongang Kamlo of Paint Branch; Cindy Tchuenkam of Paint Branch, and Gerard Vilton of Springbrook high schools.
Riderwood honored 65 employees who received collegiate scholarships at an awards reception on April 21. The program, funded mainly by resident contributions, raised nearly $193,000 in its spring campaign, according to Fiona Divecha, philanthropy manager for Riderwood.
Showing Off Their Artistic Flair
Students at the Visual Art Center (VAC), housed at Albert Einstein High School, displayed their artwork during an annual exhibition at the school. More than 2,000 students, staff members and faculty toured the exhibit. Hundreds more parents and community members also toured the show during two evening receptions and a celebration of the senior students. More than 100 students are enrolled in the VAC.
TTI Student Recognized for On-the-Job Excellence
Cory Albert, a student in the Transition Training for Independence (Germantown) program, was
awarded the “Room Keeper of the Year” award for his professionalism and commitment to the highest standard of excellence. Cory is currently employed at the Holiday Inn Express of Germantown. He was recognized along with 16 other employees who showed exemplary service in the lodging industry. Read more here.
Cory’s former job coach, Catherine Lambert, assisted him with securing employment at the Holiday Inn Express. He is also supported by the current staff of the Transition Training for Independence’s Germantown site, Vickie MacDonald, a special education transition teacher, and Donna McDonald, a special education transition paraeducator.
Leleck Elementary Students Play Chess Against State Senators
Eight fourth and fifth grade students at Joanne Leleck Elementary School at Broad Acres traveled to Annapolis to play chess with five Maryland senators and some legislative aides. The students got the win with a 3–2 score!
The students were invited by Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin; other senators involved in the game were Johnny Ray Salling, Cheryl Kagan, Bryan Simonaire and Paul Pinsky. The students also got an opportunity to tour the General Assembly building and attended sessions of the House and Senate.
The Leleck students are part of the Chess Counseling Program, which helps students learn advanced chess strategy while developing the necessary skills to become successful members of the community. They are coordinated by Leleck counselor Fernando Moreno.
Four Students Win Gold at State SkillsUSA Contest
Four Thomas Edison High School of Technology students won gold medals at the annual Maryland State SkillsUSA competition last month.
The Gold Medal winners and their categories were:
- Case Wright, Employment Application
- Amanda Gamage, Job Interview
- Lynn Le, Nails Care
- Angela Estrella, Model, Nail Care
Silver Medal winners were Callen Frillman, T-Shirt Design and Jorge Diaz, Plumbing.
Bronze Medal winners were: Addie Crowley, Medical Terminology; Amanda Escobar, Basic Health Care, and Thai Tran, Plumbing.
The Gold Medal winners are eligible to attend the Nationals SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, Ky. in June.
McNair ES Community Raising Funds for Research Grant
The community of Ronald McNair Elementary School, led by kindergarten teacher Katie Kelly, is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in honor of three McNair students who have been diagnosed with leukemia and one who passed away from leukemia. So far, they have raised $10,000; the school has a goal of $50,000. If they meet the goal by June 12, they will earn the right to name a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society research grant in honor of the student who passed away, Joshua Bluestein.
More information is available here.