Sherwood High School junior and Albert Einstein High School Visual Art Center student Larisa Kachko has won first place in the Teen Winner category of the Envisioning Health Equity Art Challenge, coordinated by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Her artwork, A Playground Is Just a Small City, depicts a playground where leisure is open for all types of play.
Many populations in America, whether defined by race, ethnicity, immigrant status, disability, sex, gender, or geography, experience higher rates of certain diseases and more deaths and suffering from them compared with the general population. While the diversity of the American population is one of the nation’s greatest assets, one of its greatest challenges is reducing the profound disparity in health status of its racial and ethnic minority, rural, low-income and other underserved populations.
In 2020, to celebrate its 10-year anniversary as an institute of NIH, NIMHD hosted its first Art Challenge. Teens and adults submitted original artwork to raise awareness on reaching health equity. With 70 entries from 25 states across the country and Puerto Rico, judges chose three winners in the teen and adult categories. Submissions were evaluated on quality, originality, creativity, and representation on the theme of health equity.
See the work from all the winners here.
Tilden Middle’s Science Olympiad Team Places First in State Competition
Tilden Middle School’s Science Olympiad Team placed first in the state competition last month. Students competed virtually in 19 science and engineering events against 24 of the top schools in Maryland. The team was led by Kate Patrabansh, who placed first in all five of her events, and Riddhi Sadhanala, who also placed first in all four of her events. During this competition season, the students have competed in 10 virtual tournaments.
Tilden will represent Maryland at the national competition on May 22. The team coach is Adam Atwood, science and technology content specialist at Tilden.
Tilden team results and categories are:
- Kate Patrabansh: placed first in Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design and Density Lab
- Riddhi Sadhanala: placed first in Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Meteorology and Reach for the Stars
- Aarna Rastogi: placed first in Density Lab and Reach for the Stars, second in Write It/CAD IT
- Sofia Reyes: placed first in Anatomy and Physiology, second in Write It/CAD IT and fifth in Food Science
- Nina Rouis: placed first in Meteorology, sixth in Road Scholar and seventh in Digital Structures
- Mane Torosyan: placed fifth in Food Science, sixth in Road Scholar and seventh in Crime Busters
- Leyton Seo: placed second in Machines and third in Fossils
- Sabrina Vasu: placed first in Disease Detectives, and fourth in Heredity and Ornithology
- Bradley Shi: placed third in Circuit Lab and seventh in Crime Busters
- Dylan Himelfarb: placed third in Fossils
- Jonathan Lew: placed fourth in Water Quality
- Ray Mukoyama: placed fourth in Water Quality
- Dami Kim: placed second in Machines, third in Circuit Lab and seventh in Digital Structures
- Emily Mu: placed fourth in Ornithology
- Joseph Chen: placed second in Game On and fourth in Heredity
Artist-in-Residence Holds Poetry Slam with Drew Elementary Students
Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School received grant funds from the Maryland Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council Arts in Education, which allowed them to host an artist-in-residence. Filipino American poet Reggie Cabico engaged third through fifth grade students in a poetry slam. Cabico worked with students to tell their stories through poetry by increasing their use of descriptive language and imagery. Student presented their work to each other in three rounds, which resulted in a school winner—third grader Roselyn Anderson. Drew staff also participated in professional development arts sessions with Cabico to discuss arts integration across all curricula and writing self-reflective poems. Drew special education teacher Theresa Bohlinger was inspired to write a poem, It’s a lot. Read it here.
BCC Student Council Receives National Gold Excellence Award
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Student Council has been named a 2021 National Gold Council of Excellence by National Student Council. This recognition is a testament to the highest standards of quality that the council consistently demonstrates in its operation, and its projects and activities.
To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must have basic requirements, such as a written constitution, regular meetings and a democratic election process, as well as successful sponsorship and participation in activities, including leadership development and service to the school and community.