About 150 student-athletes from all MCPS high schools participated in the first Student-Athlete Leadership Conference (SALC) at Bohrer Park Activity Center on March 11. The conference offered tips and strategies that the students can pass on to teammates at their schools. They discussed a variety of topics, including time management, leadership, sportsmanship and mental health. Watch a video from the event.
Piney Branch Educator Named Finalist for Presidential Award
Krishni Patrick, a fifth grade teacher at Piney Branch Elementary School, is one of six state finalists for the 2022 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. Patrick is being recognized for science teaching. These awards are the highest recognition given by the U.S. government for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teaching. The six finalists will be considered by a national committee convened by the National Science Foundation, which will recommend up to two teachers from each state receive the award.
Students Win Big in Annual C-SPAN Documentary Competition
Eastern Middle School seventh graders Dermott Foley and Tyler Foley were the grand prize winners in StudentCam, C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students were asked to create a five-to-six-minute video on the theme, “How does the federal government impact your life?”
The Foleys will receive $5,000 for the documentary, “What Happened to Gibson Grove?” about highways, racial injustice and the fight to save America’s Black cemeteries. This documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day on Thursday, April 21.
Evelyn Shue and Ida Chen, students at Richard Montgomery and Winston Churchill high school, will receive $3,000 as first prize winners in the East region for the documentary, “Something in the Water,” about the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. This documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day on Tuesday, April 19.
Three Students Selected for National Lancôme, NAACP Promotion
Three MCPS students—Tenin Dembele and Daniella Gonyoe of Northwest High School and Consuela Watts of Northwood High School—were selected for the Lancôme and NAACP Write Her Future national promotion. The students are featured on Lancôme’s website and are part of the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics program of the NAACP Montgomery County Branch.
Pedestrian Safety PSA Contest Announces Winners
Dena Shao of Thomas S. Wootton High School was the grand prize individual winner and the Clarksburg High School team of Aniket Belur, Mohit Belur, Ryan Ngo and Agustin Saldana was the group grand prize winner of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s “Heads Up, Phones Down” student video contest. The contest asked students to produce videos encouraging peers to not allow cell phones to distract them while driving and walking.
A full list of winners is below:
- Grand Prize Winner: Dena Shao, Thomas S. Wootton High School. Video link
- First Runner-up: Elias Bernstein, Winston Churchill High School. Video link
- Second Runner-up: Hailie Clarke, Montgomery County Virtual Academy (Home school: Northwood High School). Video link
- Grand Prize Winners: Aniket Belur, Mohit Belur, Ryan Ngo and Agustin Saldana, Clarksburg High School. Video link
- First Runner-up: Nicholas Bourg, Julian Ekernas, Alexander Risso, Montgomery Blair High School. Video link
- Second Runner-up: Anvika Deva, Sailaja Kadali, Akshya Mahadevan and Riona Sheikh, Richard Montgomery High School. Video link