Student Success 2019 2020

Take a minute to recognize the achievements of our students for the 2019-2020 school year!

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Poolesville Senior wins an Opportunity Scholarship from College Board!

Jeffrey Guan, a senior is one of 25 students from 11 states to earn a $40,000 Opportunity Scholarship from the College Board. These scholarship recipients completed six key college planning steps. More information is available here.  Congratulations Jeffrey!

2020 National History Day County Winners!

The following students will move on to the state competition. We are so proud of their hard work!
First Place: Jordan Su “Go For Broke: How Japanese American Soldiers broke through Prejudice and Distrust in World War II”
Individual Exhibit
Second Place: Carl Stahlberg “Operation Paperclip: German Science, American Breakthroughs”
Individual Website
First Place: Brooke Mengistu “Bring The Noise! Public Enemy's Legacy, Influence, and Impact on American Pop Culture”
Second Place: McCleary Gallagher “The Electric Guitar: Breaking Racial Barriers in Musical Culture”
Group Documentary
Second Place: Caroline Park, Joe Lubin “Hitchcock and the Hays Code: Breaking Barriers in Movie Censorship"
Group Exhibit
First Place: Joann Cho, Mia Tran “Maya Lin: The Fight for Modern Memory”
Second Place: Charlotte Vogel, Dora Kreitzer, Riley Salovich “Dry Manhattan and Chicago Fizz: How Prohibition Fashioned a New Era of Women and Entertainment”
Group Performance
First Place: Brenna Girard, Colleen Hueting “The Legacy of "Shuffle Along": The First All Black Musical on Broadway”
Group Website
First Place: Angela Engle, Angelina Sachar, Ava Checkan “HeLa: The Discovery that Revolutionized Biomedicine”
Second Place: Lucy Mao, Susanna Moore “The Integration of Women in NASA's Space Program: How the United States' Efforts to Send Men to Space Opened the Astronaut Corps to Women"

2020 Maryland State DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Competition

Forty-two Poolesville students competed in a wide variety of business related activities against students from Whitman, Churchill, Blair, Wootton, RM, and many other public and private Maryland schools. To prepare, students took exams, wrote proposals, and created presentations. At the event, they pitched their ideas to industry judges. Twenty-five of our 9th-11th grade students placed and are now eligible to compete at the April, 2020 international DECA event in Nashville.

Freshman Design Entered in New York Fashion Week Show!

Dress created by Stephanie LaPoint

Stephanie LaPointe (9th grade) presented an original design at the New York Fashion Week show for hiTechMODA in the sustainable designers and Emerging Designers Category. Stephanie was invited as a 15 year old to present her dress from the Gallery Night as well as four other of her designs in competition with many other National designers. The winner of the Emerging Designers part has yet to be announced, but the fact alone that Stephanie as a 15 year old was competing against those other designers was talked about by many there as a rare event.

Journalist Student Named as Winner in The New York Times 5th Annual Student Review Contest

More than 2,300 young people entered the high school category, which was open for students ages 13-19. They wrote about everything from local restaurants and art exhibits to comedy shows and hidden architectural gems.

Of the many excellent entries received, judges selected nine winners.  Congratulations to Senior Lizzie Phelps for being named on of the winners.  To see her entry, click HERE

Congratulation also to Senior Grace Carter for her Honorable Mention Award for “Jojo Rabbit: The Movie We Need Right Now”

Student Elected as Maryland State Student Member of the Board Finalist!

Mr. Jason Wu, a junior at Poolesville High School, was elected by the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) as one of the two finalists for the Maryland State SMOB at Saturday’s MASC Legislative Session. He led a tough campaign against 4 candidates from across the state. The other finalist is an incumbent, Ms. Noureen Badwi, a junior from Baltimore County, Maryland. The names and nomination packets for both finalists will be submitted to the Governor’s office where Governor Hogan will select one to serve and represent students from across the state. We should learn that result in spring.

To learn more about Jason:


Two Teams Reach CSAW Finals!

2 teams of 3 have qualified for the CSAW-Red Finals in New York City.

Chris Stallard, Rithvik Bhogavilli, and Aidan Goettsch qualified 5th in the nation.
Sadhana Lolla, Megha Tummalapalli, and Ishita Chatterjee qualified as one of the top 2 all-girls teams in the nation.

By qualifying for finals, each team member is awarded a scholarship to NYU Tandon School of Engineering. They will be awarded additional scholarship money if they place in the top 3 at nationals.

Congratulations to both teams!

National Merit Scholars Semi-Finalists

Montgomery County Public Schools has 138 semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship competition. Congratulations to the following 7 PHS semifinalists who will compete nationally for scholarships sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
June M. Barash
Tejas Guha
Maria C. Hancu
Pranay B. Kamineny
Sadhana S. Lolla
Gurshaan S. Mann
Alison Y. Wang

Winners of the State History Day Who Advance to National History Day!

Congratulations to the follow students for their achievements at the Maryland History Day Competition. Each year nearly 700 Maryland students advance to the Maryland History Day state competition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sponsored by Maryland Humanities.

Senior Group Exhibits, sponsored by Columbia Gas of Maryland, First and Second Place
Everest 1953: The High Cost of Conquest
Olivia Burdick, Elizabeth Phelps

Exercise Tiger: 749 American Lives Sacrificed for the Success of D-Day
Kenna Krueger, Rachel Teivy

Senior Group Documentaries, sponsored by Wegmans, Second Place
From Inefficient to Inspiring: How the Stonewall Riots Changed LGBT Activism
Pallavi Battina, Amulya Puttaraju

Senior Individual Websites, First Place
Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington: How Their Investment in People Led from Tragedy to Triumph
Matthew Palatnik

Senior Group Websites, Second Place
Expression of Oppression: The Role of the Great Migration in the Development of Harlem Renaissance Art
Hannah Kim, Imaan Shanavas

Dr. Dean Mesologites Award for Medicine and Society, sponsored by the Honorable Stephen J. and Dr. Elizabeth Sfekas, Second Place
The Idolization of J. Marion Sims
Helena Narisu and Hina Nishida

The Judy Dobbs Naval History Prize, sponsored by an Anonymous Donor, Second Place
Exercise Tiger: 749 American Lives Sacrificed for the Success of D-Day
Kenna Krueger and Rachel Tievy