Two MCPS students won Silver Medals in the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) national competition, held virtually last month.
ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment and competition program for high school students who are encouraged to strive for excellence. Students compete locally, in more than 30 academic and artistic categories, then nationally for scholarship dollars and prizes. The MCPS students who participated represented the Montgomery County chapter of the NAACP.
The MCPS Silver Medal winners were:
- Adjo Evonlah, Northwest High School, for Entrepreneurship
- Kessy Sambou, Northwood High School, for Painting
The National ACT-SO medalists received scholarships and an iPad. The following gold medalists represented the local chapter of the NAACP in 15 competition categories:
- Kyle Dalrymple, Instrumental Classic, Richard Montgomery
- Adjo Evonlah, Entrepreneurship and Oratory, Northwest
- Jamie Forna, Dramatics, Northwest
- Lancie Kear, Performance Poetry, Paint Branch
- Deborah Sullivan, Dance: Contemporary, Northwood
- Consuela Watts, Vocal Classical and Vocal Contemporary, Northwood
- Rheta Yambaye, Photography, Northwest
Six Schools Honored by National Health Organization
Six MCPS schools have been recognized for winning the National Healthy Schools Bronze Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a top children’s health organization. They are: Harmony Hills, Dr. Charles Drew and Sargent Shriver elementary schools, and Col. E. Brooke Lee, Julius West and Redland middle schools.
The six are part of 517 U.S. schools—called America’s Healthiest Schools—that were honored with the distinction.
Though the submission data for this year’s list was gathered prior to COVID-19-related school closures, schools that leveraged these strong foundations in wellness were positioned to prioritize healthy habits throughout the pandemic; for example:
- Preparing and distributing free, healthy meals to families
- Offering virtual, healthy cooking classes
- Hosting interactive physical education classes online
- Creating virtual community-based events to raise funds for local food pantries and essential services
- Establishing rotating schedules to tend to and harvest fresh produce from school gardens
- Distributing online social-emotional and mental health resources to students, families and staff
All of these schools participate in the Healthy Schools Program, one of the nation’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives that fosters a comprehensive approach to health promotion driven by administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and the community.
Read About Four Teachers Making a Difference for Students
Bethesda Magazine featured six local teachers who are making a difference—from getting middle school students excited about science to helping second graders learn about the world beyond their classroom walls. Four of the six are MCPS educators.