Great Students and Staff
Two MCPS students are being honored as 2020 Maryland Women of Tomorrow by the Maryland Commission for Women. Jessica S. Holloway of Richard Montgomery High School and Amulya N. Puttaraju of Poolesville High School will be recognized at an awards ceremony on March 19. The Women of Tomorrow Awards was established in 1997 to recognize and to honor extraordinary young women who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership, community service and academic excellence. Nominations are received from educators, individuals, organizations and civic, community and religious leaders from across the state. This year, five honorees were selected from among the 79 nominees from middle schools and high schools.
Sarah Dahlin, a sophomore French Horn player at Poolesville High School, has been selected as a member of the national Honor Band of America. She was selected from hundreds of applicants for membership in this prestigious national honor ensemble. Music for All’s Honor Band of America is recognized as one of the finest scholastic ensembles in America. They will rehearse and perform in concert as part of the Music for All National Festival this month in Indianapolis. Sarah has participated in Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, and is currently a member of the Peabody Conservatory Youth Program. She has been chosen as a member of Montgomery County Honor Band and Maryland All-State Band every year since 2015.
Nicole Little-Cook, media specialist at Seneca Valley High School, won the Excellence Award from the Mid-Atlantic Association of IB (International Baccalaureate) World Schools (IBMA). She helps students with their Extended Essays (EE). IBMA said she was “creative in how she teaches students research skills that they can apply in all their courses. She is driven and fully committed to the IB mission. [She] stresses the importance of growing through the EE process and reflecting along the way.”
Kurshanna J. Dean, supervisor in the Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, has been recognized as Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education. The award was given by the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education and the Maryland State Department of Education.