Northwood High School seniors Eldad Mulugeta and Obsaa Feda qualified to run in the Nike Cross-Country National Championship meet in Portland, Ore. on Dec. 1. They are the third and fourth individual runners ever to qualify for nationals from Montgomery County. The Northwood pair finished 1-2, with Feda winning at the Montgomery County 4A North Regional and Maryland 4A State Championship races this season. Mulugeta finished 4th at the Nike Cross Southeast Regional in Cary, N.C.
The flight to Oregon provided by Nike was the young men’s first time on an airplane since coming to the U.S. from Ethiopia. They met at Highland View Elementary School in fifth grade and they attended Silver Spring International Middle School together. The MCPS cross-country and track community came together to sponsor Coach Reumante’s trip to Oregon through a GoFundMe webpage set up by Richard Montgomery High School coach Davy Rogers. Contributions came from former MCPS runners, alumni, teachers, coaches and community members.
Mulugeta finished 38th, the 3rd highest finish by a Maryland runner at the meet.
Westland Students Focus on Access to Clean Water Around the World
Westland Middle School students have been studying the global issue of access to clean water as part of the Middle Years Programme summer study and community reading project. All students read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, and participated in assignments ranging from analyzing photographs, watching videos and reading news articles about water issues locally and globally to tracking their own water usage and reflecting on the role water plays on our lives.
The students also learned about Amman Imman, a Silver Spring nonprofit organization that focuses on creating sustainable communities in the Azawak region of Niger and Mali.
Students culminated their study on access to clean water with a three-mile walk along the Capital Crescent Trail and classroom lessons. The walk symbolized the trek that many children around the world need to take each day to provide water for their families. Students also raised more than $10,000 to support the building of a well and other financial needs in the region.