Students from 10 middle schools participated in the East County Strathmore Strings concert earlier this month.
The East County Strathmore Strings program provides free, after-school music instruction and performance opportunities for string students. The program gives students the opportunity to enhance their musical skills by playing challenging orchestral music in a large group orchestra.
The East County Strathmore Strings Concert is done in collaboration with the Music Center at Strathmore and about 130 students from 10 MCPS middle schools—Argyle, A. Mario Loiederman, Eastern, Benjamin Banneker, Briggs Chaney, Parkland, Newport Mill, E. Brooke Lee, Francis Scott Key and White Oak.
Students were taught by 18 professional orchestral musicians. The musicians worked with the students twice weekly after school for six weeks and performed with them in concert.
The string coaches were selected and contracted by Strathmore’s youth orchestra program, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. Jonathan Carney is the artistic director of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra and concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Students from 12 High Schools Participate in JHU Photography Show
Dani Truland took top honors for her photograph, Chameleon, in the third annual Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus photography show.
Truland, a senior at Poolesville High School, is taking Advanced Placement Photography at Poolesville and plans to study industrial design in college. Her winning photograph was taken during a class trip to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
Students from 12 MCPS high schools participated this year and had their artwork on exhibit at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus through May 11.
Of the 299 works submitted, jurors selected 52 to be showcased. Six students won prizes. They included:
2nd Place: New Americana, Rani Powell of Poolesville High School
3rd Place: Made of Many, Sydney Rourke of Quince Orchard High School
Birthday Wish, Raheem Haq of Winston Churchill High School
Grandmother, Ana Gutierrez Covarrubias of Winston Churchill High School
Pivot Bouquet, Yulong Jones of Northwest High School
Last month, parents, students and community residents gathered for a reception and to view the art. The exhibit is one of JHU’s programs designed to get young people excited about STEAM education. The A in STEAM stands for “art.” (STEAM is an acronym for Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Mathematics.) Plaza Artist Materials donated the canvases.
The judges were local professional photographers Laura-Leigh Palmer and Carlo Pizarro.
Wheaton High Robotics Team Competes in Three-Day Championship Event
The Wheaton High School Robotics Team (also known as the Knight Riders), placed 48th out of 60 teams during the three-day championship event for the Chesapeake District of the FIRST Robotics Competition. The district is made up of 126 robotics teams from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The teams that competed have qualified by scoring highly enough in two of the eight district competitions. Wheaton won the Southern Maryland District Event.
The three-day event was held in College Park. The first part of the competition consists of qualification matches; each of which lasts two minutes and 30 seconds. In a match, two alliances of three robots each compete to see who can place power cubes in any of three different locations to score the most points. Some robots will attempt to climb a tower to score additional points. For the remaining two minutes and 15 seconds, players control their robots to score points and/or play defense against the opponent.
For the season, Wheaton’s rank was 35th of 126 teams from Maryland, Virginia and D.C.
Students Create Projects for Annual History Day Competition
MCPS had students from several schools participate in the 19th annual Montgomery County History Day competition. This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise.”
This competition is held as part of the National History Day (NHD) program. NHD teaches students to go beyond the school library in researching history, and to draw their own conclusions from the work they have done. It helps students understand, appreciate and enjoy history as a discipline.
Winners of the Montgomery County competition go to the Maryland state finals this month, with the hopes of competing in the national finals in June.