Montgomery Blair High School senior Timothy Qian has been named a top 10 winner in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search, one of the most prestigious high school science competitions in the nation. Qian is among 40 finalists nationwide and one of two from the state of Maryland. He placed fifth and was awarded a $90,000 prize.
His project is Optimal Measurement of Field Properties with Quantum Sensor Networks. Qian conducted research in the field of quantum metrology for his physics project. His study uses quantum entanglement to get more accurate measurements. He developed an innovative protocol that could one day be used with quantum sensor networks to improve hardware controlling quantum computers and improve nanoscale nuclear magnetic resonance imaging.
At Blair, Qian is captain of the math, computer science and science bowl teams. He writes problems as an organizer of his school’s math and informatics tournaments, competitions that expanded online in 2020 when the pandemic hit. He also volunteered as a coach for his local middle school math team, and plays viola as a part of his local youth orchestra.
The 40 finalists were selected from 1,760 entrants. The Regeneron Science Talent Search is a program of Society for Science and is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school seniors.
Four Students Win $1,000 Carson Scholarships
Four MCPS students have been named Carson Scholars, earning $1,000 college scholarships. Carson Scholars are students who excel academically and donate their time and talents to others.
MCPS students who are first-time scholarship recipients are:
- Hana O’Looney-Goto, junior at Richard Montgomery High School
- Lauren Raskin, junior at Poolesville High School
- Anne Charlotte Sacks, junior at Wheaton High School
- Elisa Zoltick, junior at Winston Churchill High School
Three additional MCPS students also reaffirmed their status as Carson Scholars for maintaining a 3.75 grade point average, and continuing to do volunteer work. (They were not awarded more scholarship funding.) They are:
- Amber Briscoe, senior at Northwest High School (third time being named a Carson Scholar)
- Daniel Mathew, freshman at Poolesville High School (second time being named a Carson Scholar)
- Dhruv Pai, junior at Montgomery Blair High School (second time being named a Carson Scholar)
The full list of 2021 scholars is available here.
Gaithersburg Senior Wins Four-Year Scholarship to McDaniel College
Gaithersburg High School senior Sarah Youssef Dorsey got the surprise of a lifetime last week when she received a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to McDaniel College. See the story here.
High School Friends Create Vaccination Website
Two Montgomery County teens have developed a website to help residents find appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Friends since Argyle Middle School, Nicholas Fettig (now at Wheaton High School) and Adam Lederer (now at Clarksburg High School) created the MoCoVax website. Watch the story.
Springbrook Senior Helping to Lead the CivicsForUS Campaign
Aruna Bundu, a senior at Springbrook High School is one of 35 students across the country leading the effort for the #CivicsForUS social media campaign. The campaign is a project of the Youth As Civic Experts Network, a nationwide network of middle and high school students advocating for equitable civic education. #CivicsForUS is designed to start a conversation among young people about how civic engagement and civic education experiences can be more relevant to all students. The Youth As Civic Experts Network was developed to provide young people in 8th–12th grade the opportunity to explore equity in civic education.
Between March and June, Aruna Bundu will use the hashtag #CivicsForUS to give young people an opportunity to share their experiences in their local communities. The listening tour asks students from 5th grade through college to share why they feel civic education is important, and how it can be more equitable and relevant to them and their peers.
Watkins Mill Teacher Selected for Amazon Externship
Natalene Felder, teacher at Watkins Mill High School, is one of 20 teachers from the Washington, D.C., region selected for a teaching externship offered by George Mason University, the Maryland Chamber Foundation and Amazon. The initiative is part of Amazon Future Engineer—Amazon’s childhood-to-career computer science education program.
The program will provide the teachers with an externship at Amazon during the summer that will help teachers gain valuable computer science and career knowledge they can pass on to their students. They will also complete a six-week graduate-level companion course focused on project-based learning at George Mason University in the College of Education and Human Development. They will also gain invaluable experiences and perspectives that they can share with their students—through field trips, enhanced lesson plans and exciting classroom activities.
More Than 50 Students Advance to Maryland History Day Competition
More than 50 MCPS students participated in 2021 Montgomery County History Day projects that will advance to the Maryland History Day competition, which will be held virtually in May. The winners were chosen from more than 3,000 students who participated at the school level.
Blair Duo Win Competition with Sneaker Reselling Business
Montgomery Blair High School students Ben Finlay and Karandeep Singh won the Business Pitch Challenge with its 4-year-old sneaker reselling business. A story on the duo aired here. During the competition, held on March 19, students pitched business ideas for a solution to an existing problem, improvement of an existing product, or create a need for a product/service to a panel of local entrepreneur judges. You can watch the full competition here.
Blair Team One of Eight to Compete in Global Debate Competition
Students from Montgomery Blair High School are preparing to compete as finalists in the 20th annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) global debate competition. The team has advanced to the Elite 8 round of the IPPF. The competition calls on high school students to hone their debate and advocacy skills on issues of public policy in written and oral debates. Students are debating the topic, “Resolved: The benefits of artificial intelligence outweigh the harms.”
The IPPF finals will be held virtually on May 1. Montgomery Blair will be one of eight teams—representing schools from five U.S. states and two countries—competing for a $10,000 grand prize and the title of IPPF World Champion.
Credit Union Donates Winter Wear, Toiletry Items to K-12 Students
Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (FCU) has donated more than 3,700 hats, gloves, scarves and socks and 550 toiletry bags to K-12 and community college students in the eight counties it serves. The donations were made possible through the Credit Union’s Support Education Foundation.
“The Montgomery County Public Schools International Admissions and Enrollment office would like to thank Educational Systems FCU for the generous donations of winter clothing and toiletries,” said supervisor Margarita I. Bohórquez. “Our continued collaboration in the support of MCPS students in need is greatly appreciated, especially during these most trying times.”
The credit union serves 85,000 members in eight school systems and three community colleges in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and Talbot counties.