Two MCPS graduating seniors have been recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Garyk Brixi of Winston Churchill High School, and Addele Hargenrader of Richard Montgomery High School were among 161 students nationally to be named U.S. Presidential Scholars. The students were chosen by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as community service, leadership and commitment to high ideals.
The students honored are asked to select their most influential teacher. Garyk chose Virginia Brown, molecular genetics teacher at Churchill, and Addele chose Brandy McDonald-Nestor, English teacher at Richard Montgomery.
The scholars will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion during a ceremony on June 23.
Takoma Park Students Place First in Culinary Competition
Takoma Park Middle School students won first place at the 2019 Real Food For Kids Culinary Challenge. The team received an engraved plaque, along with professional knife rolls so they can continue to sharpen their cooking skills.
The Real Food for Kids competition is open to middle and high school students who are in Family and Consumer Sciences programs or culinary academy programs. Schools from Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun and Montgomery counties brought 21 teams to the event. Judges included chefs and restaurateurs Spike Mendelsohn of Vim and Victor, and Ype Von Hengst of Silver Diner.
The culinary challenge is designed to give students a voice in what is served in their school cafeterias. The lunch competition asked students to create a meal that meets the nutritional and cost guidelines for federally funded school meal programs, is creative in its use of ingredients, and would be appealing to students.
The Takoma Park team of 7th graders created a “Winter Bowl” that included a quinoa/brown rice blend, chicken, kale, apples and cranberries.
Students Recognized at United We Learn Reception
MCPS celebrated winners of its third United We Learn contest at a May 8 reception held at Westfield Wheaton mall. The district launched the contest in 2017 with the goal of providing students a creative, structured opportunity to explore topical issues and learn about the values of respect, diversity and civility. This year’s theme, Schools of the Future, challenged students to design their dream classroom and think critically about how their physical environment affects their ability to learn.
Military Mom Surprises Stone Mill Third Grader During Assembly
Third grader Grayson Cushen got an unexpected surprise during a recent school assembly at Stone Mill Elementary School. Since July, Grayson’s mom, Stephanie Cushen, has been in Afghanistan training with the U.S. Navy. She wasn’t due home for another month, but got word that she would come home, and with the help of dad Chad Cushen, decided to surprise Grayson at school. She dressed in a tiger mascot suit and appeared at a mock assembly for third and fourth graders. Students thought they were attending a pre-testing pep rally. Principal Kimberly Williams invited students to give the mascot a good luck high five. When it was Grayson’s turn, mom revealed herself. Grayson wrapped his arms around her and wouldn’t let go.