Students from Thomas Edison High School of Technology showcased career and technical skills at a regional SkillsUSA competition on Feb. 21. One hundred five students will go on to participate in 29 categories at the statewide competition in April.
Among the categories where Edison students will compete: cosmetology, medical math, architectural drafting, nail care, culinary arts, automotive service technology, plumbing, residential wiring and information technology services.
First place finishers at the state contest will go on to the national competition in Louisville, Ky., this summer.
Check out a gallery of pictures here.
Dancing the Night Away
Student dancers from eight MCPS schools strutted their stuff during the 4th annual Dance Showcase Feb. 23 at Northwood High School.
Students from the following schools performed: A. Mario Loiederman and White Oak middle schools, and Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Col. Zadok Magruder, Northwood, Rockville and Wheaton high schools. This year for the first time, there was also a performance from the All-County Dance Ensemble. These students thrive in dance class and exemplify their school’s instructional program. Student dancers in the ensemble are nominated by their dance teachers, and rehearsed as a group for three months.
The purpose of the event is to build the capacity of dance instruction in MCPS, broaden students’ experiences and expose students to other dance programs and educators throughout the county.
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Ridgeview Middle Celebrates Black History Month
Ridgeview Middle School held a Black History Month celebration on Feb. 22. The event theme was “Inspirations and Aspirations of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”
The event was highlighted by two panel discussions: an Education Panel and a Politics Panel.
The Education Panel included Board of Education member Judy Docca; Kisha Davis, a physician and co-producer of the film, The Quince Orchard Project, and Doc Bonner, a Quince Orchard High School senior and football player. They spoke on the value of education and how celebrated educators and activists, including W.E.B. DuBois and Frederick Douglass, broke barriers in the education arena and made it possible to be who they are today.
The Politics Panel included Laurie-Ann Sayles, a member of the Gaithersburg City Council and Juwan Blocker, a student at Bowie State University. Sayles spoke of her upbringing as a first-generation Jamaican and how black politicians who came before her paved the way for her to run a political campaign and helped her learn how to advocate for people.
The Ridgeview chorus performed two songs. There were also student performances—a Vietnamese fan dance by eighth grader Lauren Tran; a piano selection by eighth grader Rich Powe; and student dancers Olivia Pirnat (8th grade) and Nane Manukyan (6th grade).
The event was put on by the school, the PTSA and the Ridgeview Parent Diversity Council.
Silver Creek Middle Holds “Warriors for Change” Oratorical Contest
Silver Creek Middle School held its first ever “Warriors for Change” Oratorical Contest in celebration of Black History Month. Students developed performances and speeches that embodied the idea of creating positive change in the community and world.