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Round 3 at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee

 Round 3 at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee

Things are heating up at The National Harbor as 275 students; ages 8-15 compete against each other at the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort. Virginia, DC, and Maryland are represented as we advance to the last group in Round 3.  

Round 2 went quite swiftly except for when 14-year-old Marcus Tecarro of Loves Park, Ill., was stumped by the word “ineluctable,” an adjective that means something that’s not to be avoided or escaped. Marcus spelled the word correctly, but was not as lucky in Round 3 when he misspelled the widely used prescription drug, Penicillin. 

Potomac, Maryland's 13-year-old, Susana Yau, has represented her state very well today spelling noun's "pierrot" and "bombardier" correctly. Additionally, Howard University Middle School's Donovan Jordan has spelled both "schadenfreude" and "decorticate" accurately to keep D.C. in the game.

Bethesda Preschool students raised more than $5,000 for LLS

Early this morning more than 250 preschool students gathered at Bethesda Country Day School in Bethesda, Md., to be recognized by a representative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for their efforts in raising more than $5,000 for the Pennies for Patients campaign.

One of more than 400 participating schools in the Washington D.C. area, Bethesda Country Day School placed in the top 20 for the amount of money raised and greatly surpassed their original goal of $2,500.

“Pennies for Patients” is a nationwide fundraiser that raises money to help cure leukemia and other blood-relation cancers. Students of all ages collect pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters throughout the program.

Thirteen Montgomery County Public School Seniors Receive Scholarships Totaling $250,000

Thirteen Montgomery County high school seniors have been awarded Broad Prize college scholarships worth a total of $250,000. The scholarships, given by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, recognize graduating seniors with financial need whose grades have improved substantially over the course of their high school career.

Thirteen MCPS Seniors Receive Broad Scholarships Totaling $250,000

Thirteen Montgomery County  high school seniors have been awarded Broad Prize college scholarships worth a total of $250,000. The scholarships, given by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, recognize graduating seniors with financial need whose grades have improved substantially over the course of their high school career.

Mr. Mitchell and Me

Mr. Mitchell and Me

If you’ve lived in the D.C. area for a while, you’ve probably heard of DeMatha, the Catholic boys’ school in Hyattsville, Maryland. And if you have heard of DeMatha, odds are that it’s because of the school’s nationally renowned athletics program, which has boasted such names as legendary basketball coach Morgan Wootten, basketball Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley, NFL Pro Bowler Brian Westbrook, and NFL broadcaster James Brown, to name just a few. To most with a passing familiarity with the school, DeMatha is synonymous with sports. When I told people that I attended DeMatha, I was frequently asked “What sport do you play?” My response of “I don’t play a sport,” was always met by befuddlement and a perfunctory “Then why do you go to DeMatha?”

Let me tell you.

Giant Food to Present Nearly $2 Million to Local Schools

From Giant Food:

Over the next several days, Giant Food of Landover, Md. will present funds to the top ten schools as a result of its 2010-2011 A+ School Rewards Program. Giant’s annual program raised nearly $2 million for local schools in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. The following presentations will occur today, Monday, May 23:

 

Dr. Joshua P. Starr is the next Superintendent of MCPS

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