Great Students and Staff
Five MCPS history students were honored at the Maryland State House in Annapolis last month for their accomplishments at the 2019 National History Day competition.
The 12th grade students honored were: Joey Huang, Winston Churchill High School; Aidan Goldenberg-Hart and Eli Protas, Richard Montgomery High School; and Daniel Greigg and Charles Shi, Montgomery Blair High School. In order to participate at the national level, students must place first or second at Maryland History Day, a program of Maryland Humanities.
Maryland History Day is a year-long educational program with more than 25,000 middle and high school student participants that culminates in a statewide history contest. Working solo or in small groups, students are asked to create original documentary films, exhibits, performances, research papers or websites exploring a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme.
Lee Students Win Top Writing Honors for Second Year in a Row
Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School students won top awards for their writing achievements in a contest sponsored by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Montgomery County Alumni Chapter. The fraternity chapter sponsors the contest every year for all eighth grade MCPS students.
Lee eighth graders Kaya Podsiadlo and Zion Dadu tied for first place. They are in Jennifer Wamble’s English class. Last month, Julian Parks, education director of Phi Beta Sigma, presented the students with their awards.
Two Students Appear in Commercial Shown During the Grammy Awards
Two MCPS students—one current and one former—appeared in a TV commercial highlighting Google’s association with the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). The commercial was shown during the Grammy Awards last month.
Featured were Kelvin Dukes, a freshman at James Hubert Blake High School, and Kameron Brown, who graduated from Northwest High School in 2017. Dukes is in the first shot singing with a group of students (he is wearing glasses), and Brown is on the right in one of the last shots (he’s also wearing glasses). You can see the ad here.
Chevy Chase Elementary Educator Honored by National Fellowship Program
Amy Gleason, a fifth grade teacher at Chevy Chase Elementary School, has been selected as one of ten educators to be inducted into the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship Program administered by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Gleason was recognized for excellence in identifying, motivating and developing students with advanced academic ability, which is CTY’s core mission.
Sarah D. Barder was an educator, philanthropist and CTY parent who endowed the program to recognize exceptional teachers. To identify Sarah D. Barder Fellows, CTY annually invites all CTY students who have participated in our programs to nominate one teacher who has made a special contribution to their academic growth and success. Students write a 500-word essay describing their teacher’s strengths. All nominated teachers are then invited to submit an application that includes an essay about their own approach to the challenges and rewards of working with the most advanced learners.
Along with nine others, Gleason will be honored during this year’s CTY conference this month in Las Vegas, Nev.