Students from 10 high schools participated in the first-ever MCPS Business Pitch Challenge on March 22. They created business ideas and pitched them to a panel of local entrepreneur judges. Participating high schools were: Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood, James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch, Sherwood, Winston Churchill, Gaithersburg, Watkins Mill and Northwest.
The winning team was Oscar Soto and Edgardo Rivera Lopez from Gaithersburg. Their business idea was “Education Tech,” which creates custom-made web applications for schools. Their first product is a digital hall pass system created for their high school.
Churchill Senior Wins Wheaton Arts Poster Contest
Daniela Shuping, a senior at Winston Churchill High School, created the winning design in the Third Annual Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival poster competition. Her design will be used to publicize the 2019 event scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22, in downtown Wheaton.
As winner of the contest, which was open to students of all ages in Montgomery County, Daniela was awarded the $300 first prize. Daniela has been working with parade designer Josue Cortino Martinez to learn how her design would be incorporated into the poster and used on other promotional materials, including the official festival program and T-shirt.
See the winning design. Daniela said she “wanted to create a sense of fun and whimsy—much like that of the parade itself.”
This is the second time in the contest’s three-year history that the winner was a student from Churchill teacher Isaac McElheney’s graphic design class. Daniela also studies photography and is on Churchill’s technical crew, where she works on set construction and painting. She plans to study animation in college.
The Sept. 22 parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include more than 50 tents of artists showing and selling their work, demonstrating artmaking and helping kids make art. There will be two stages with continuous entertainment and a large tent for the screening of films and literary readings.
Six Students Win Top Honors at Johns Hopkins Art Show
Nathalie Molina dangled a piece of turkey in front of her cat’s head to capture the winning photo image in the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus art show.
Molina, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School, needed to find a way to still her tuxedo cat, Milo. She also wanted her image of Milo to invoke curiosity since “curiosity” was the theme of this year’s show. So rather than have Milo stare straight ahead, Molina held the turkey off to the side so Milo would gaze with wonder.
Molina’s piece, Feline Sights, won the top prize of the 247 works MCPS students submitted to the art show. Of the 247 entries, jurors selected 56 to be showcased. Six students won prizes. The works will be on exhibit at the JHU Montgomery County Campus through May 10. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The exhibit is one of JHU’s programs designed to get young people excited about STEAM education. The A in STEAM is for “art,” an important component of a well-rounded student’s education. The judge was local designer Michael Auger.
1st Place: Feline Sights by Nathalie Molina of Montgomery Blair High School
2nd Place: Watch Your Back by Zoe Zindash of Quince Orchard High School
3rd Place: Into the Woods by Marcus Johnson of Northwest High School
Coco by Ana Gutierrez of Winston Churchill High School
Curious Lines by Noah Karst of Northwest High School
Under the Scope by Bryce Machaelk of Winston Churchill High School