Awards and Accomplishments

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AAEA Scholars  

Asian American Education Association Scholarship winners. GHS student
Angelica Magno among winners!

More Scholarship News

Maria Paredes Chosen Gates Millennium Scholar

Maria Paredes12th grader Maria Paredes has been selected as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) for the GMS Class of 2011 and is being recognized as a "Leader for America´s Future."

Her strong leadership, community service and academic achievements contributed to her selection from a pool of over 23,000 students who applied to the program, the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program´s history.

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, GMS funds will be available for Maria to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she has been accepted to the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business in The Wharton School undergraduate program.

Click here for more information on the Gates Millennium Scholar program.  

GHS Students Excel in the Tenth Annual Nora School Photography Festival

Four GHS students won:  

  • Kelsey Varner
  • Kevin Petley
  • Paloma Centeno
  • Vannyda Kong

Fifteen additional students placed:  

  • Alex Hrycak
  • Andrew Lloyd
  • Ashley Haller
  • Ashley Leavitt
  • Cameron Herron
  • Colton Martin
  • Elisa Haddad
  • Gabriela Rosales
  • Grace Spencer
  • Haley Stalker
  • Jennifer Forester
  • Katherine Roberts
  • Rodneil Felicano
  • Taylor Powell
  • Zack Schermerhorn

Awards from the Washington School of Photography will be presented at the exhibition. Congratulations to the GHS Junior Class and Ms. Melissa Ashby, class of 2012 sponsor. Their entry to the 2011 MCCPTA Safe Prom Video Contest was chosen to receive one of the two grand prizes, free DJ services for one event from Washington Talent Agency!

Autobody Accomplishments: 2 Major Projects Completed! Adobe Acrobat Icon

Final Frontiers 2011

final frontier

Patrick O'Connor and Kevin Hsieh 


"On Saturday November the 19th eight students from GHS submitted projects at “Final Frontiers”, the annual science/engineering competition that features an aerospace theme. Sponsored by the Maryland Space Business Roundtable, a consortium of contractors working in space related science and engineering, “Final Frontiers” gathers students from area schools to compete against each other. Our students performed well among the nearly 15 local high schools which included three private high schools and did a great job representing Gaithersburg High School. The students who competed were 9th grader Katragadda Saimouli, 11th graders Zakary Keres and Kevin Hsieh, and 12th graders Alicia Irikura, Michelle Kramer, Thomas Hunt, Andrew Simon and Justin Merrell. A special congratulations goes out to Kevin Hsieh, assisted by Zakary Keres, who earned top honors with his first place Aerocar. Because of Kevin’s attention to detail and effective troubleshooting he was also awarded a special honor as he received the “Outstanding Engineering Award.” This award was given to only one student at the high school level meaning he was selected “from among hundreds of worthy competitors.” Kevin will receive the award on December 13th at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD at the Maryland Space Business Roundtable annual luncheon."

Antonelli Institute High School Photography Contest

Nene DianeGaithersburg High School (GHS) senior Nene Diane won first place in the 2011 Antonelli Institute High School Photography Contest.

Ms. Diane´s photo, interpreting the theme of "Seasons," was rated first in a group of photos submitted by students from 55 different high schools representing six states. Her photo will be available on the Antonelli Institute’s website:

GHS 12th grader, Alex John Hrycak was also recognized with an Honorable Mention Award for his photo interpreting the same theme.

The Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography, located in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1938 in Philadelphia by internationally renowned photographer and artist Severo Antonelli.

2011 Montgomery County Forensics League Awards- GHS Winners

  • Prose: Caelyn Sommerville, 1st place, "Memorial Service" by Walter Dean Myers
  • Drama: Vera Damanka, 5th place, Devils by Linda Eisenstein
  • Persuasive: Vera Damanka, 4th place, Speech Should be a requirement to graduate
  • Poetry:
    • Caelyn Sommerville, 3rd place, "A Layin´ On of Hands" and "Latent Rapists´" by Ntozake Shange
    • Vera Damanka, 2nd place, Ain't I A Woman by Sojourner Truth; Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou; Some Days by Amalia Ortiz
    • Awa Secka, 1st place, My Alter Ego, My 9-11 story, and Respect by Ms. Latifah
  • Readers Theatre:
    • Emily Samuelson, Sean Marquez, Gerald Marquez - 5th place, The Right to Remain by Melanie Marnich
    • Emily Samuelson, Sean Marquez, Gerald Marquez - 4th place, Small World by Tracey Wilson
    • Vera Damanka & William Damanka - 1st place, Smoke Scenes by Nick Zagone
  • Special Awards
    • Excellence Award: Qualified in five or more categories- Vera Damanka
    • Montgomery County Forensics League Outstanding Speaker of the Year: Vera Damanka

Congratulations to the GHS Women’s Ensemble and the GHS Chamber Singers. Both ensembles scored an EXCELLENT at the recent MCPS District II Choral Festivals. An "Excellent" rating is equivalent to a 90-95% on an exam! Both groups represented Gaithersburg High School with high degrees of musicality and professionalism. Congratulations!

GHS Students Excel in Business!

On Wednesday, March 23, over 900 students from MCPS attended the Young Professionals Conference at The Universities at Shady Grove. Students from Gaithersburg HS in the National Academy of Finance, National Academy of Technology, Education Program, and Entrepreneurship Program attended this conference and heard engaging presentations that inspired them to continue working hard toward their career pathways.

As part of the conference, students from the Entrepreneurship programs across MCPS competed with their original business plans. Gaithersburg HS brought home 2 (1st Place) and 1 (2nd Place) trophies for their presentations of the business plans. (Read more…) If you see these students please congratulate them!

Won 2nd place for entrepreneurship "Operations"

  • Saeeda Khadim
  • Teras Eshete
  • Yosselin Arevalo
  • Zach Schermerhorn

Won 1st place for entrepreneurship "Marketing"

  • Shannon Taruc
  • Mitchell Ramazon
  • Assisted Shannon and Mitchell but did not attend the conference:
    • Aaron Czarnopys
    • Dylan Iannone

Won 1st place for entrepreneurship "Finance"

  • Chelsea Geliske
  • Tayden Geliske
  • Brandon Chuckerel
  • Justin Merrell
  • Devin Mutlu

2011 Science Montgomery Award Ceremony

Austin DuffGHS was represented by Austin Duff, Senior and Mohamed Keita, Freshman at the 2011 Science Montgomery Award Ceremony Sunday, March 20, 2011.

Mohamed Keita won a community award for his project entitled The effects of different Substances on a Liquid's Viscosity.

Austin Duff´s project "An Investigation into the Fundamentals of Complex Intelligence" won his category and several community awards including a first place from the Air force, and award and invitation to have dinner at the CIA awards ceremony. In addition to winning these prizes he has been selected to represent Montgomery County at the Intel ISEF 2011 in Los Angeles California! (Read more on this …)

Austin's Awards Include:  

  • Intel ISEF (International Science & Engineering Fair) Award: $250 and invitation to ISEF in LA
  • 1st Place Science Montgomery Engineering Category: $175
  • American Nuclear Society: 2nd place Certificate of Excellence and $50
  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers): 2nd place Certificate of Excellence and $50 and invitation to awards banquet
  • CIA: invitation to awards ceremony and tour of CIA
  • I-SWEEEP (International Sustainable World Energy Engineering & Environment Project): Outstanding Sustainability Award and opportunity to compete at Olympiad
  • Optical Society of America and IEEE Photonics Society: Achievement in Optics and Photonics Award
  • USAF: Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Science Fair Project
  • US Army Research: 1st place

More Academic Highlights

March 9, 2011 – Gaithersburg High School is pleased to announce that 10 students of Russian received medals as a result of their accomplishments in the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) 29th National Russian Essay Contest which was administered in November 2010.

12th graders Jimmy Nguyen won a gold medal and Nathan Hertzberg and Emmanuel Osemene won silver medals in the advanced level exams. 11th graders Trevor Davis and Graham Evans won silver medals and Germaine Nicholas, Juan Martinez, Leah Pope, Nicole Camelo and Diana Fuentes won bronze medals in the intermediate level exams.

Russian TeamA total of 14 students from the Honors Russian 3 and Honors Russian 4 classes taught by Ms. Alla Sonsev participated in the contest, a record breaking number. In addition to the above medal winners, 11th graders Kyla Hooks, Mark Jubert and Danielle Riley as well as 12th grader, Walter Somarriba received honorable mention in the intermediate level exam.

Over 1200 pre-college students nationwide participated in the contest this year, each writing essays on the topic "Why Travel." Essays were read by a team of experienced judges, many of them native speakers of Russian.

(Pictured left to right (back row): Graham Evans, Germaine Nicholas, Emmanuel Osemene, Trevor Davis and Juan Martinez. (front row): Nicole Camelo, Diana Fuentes, Jimmy Nguyen and GHS Russian teacher Alla Sonsev.)

ColinaMarch 7, 2011 - The Carson Scholars Fund announced today that Gaithersburg High School 10th grader Alfredo Colina Iturralde has been named a 2011 Carson Scholars for the second consecutive year. Alfredo (pictured below with Gaithersburg High School Principal Dr.Christine Handy-Collins) is being recognized as a high achieving student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities.

Alfredo carries a 3.90 GPA and among his volunteer activities he has been a Counselor in Training for the City of Gaithersburg, an assistant English teacher for ESOL parents at the MCPS Saturday
School and a volunteer in the Montgomery County Public Library Summer Reading Program. Alfredo will receive a $1,000 college scholarship award and the coveted honor of being named a Carson Scholar. In addition to the scholarship award, Alfredo will be honored at a recognition banquet on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, Maryland.

Legendary newscaster Sam Donaldson will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Honored guests include: Roland Betts, investor, film producer, developer, and owner of Chelsea Piers in New York City; Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health; and James Sinegal, co-founder and CEO of Costco. World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson will deliver the keynote speech.

The public is invited to be a part of this inspirational day.

Sports Accomplishments

Congratulations to Chelsea Harris! Coached by Melissa Ashby, Chelsea brought home a state championship in the 4A Girls´ High Jump! Trojan Pride
Fetters and Westphall Sign to Play College Football

Congratulations to the following athletic teams and coaches for winning the MCPS Athletic Sportsmanship Award for the fall 2010 season:

  • Cross Country - Herb Tolbert
  • Football - Kreg Kephart
  • Girl's Soccer - Paul Dowell
  • Girl's Tennis - Gilbert Cooper
  • Girl's Volleyball - Michele Staymates
  • Golf - Tim Kowalchick

Other Sports News

Special Awards

Amy MarshallEarlier this summer Gaithersburg High School student Amy Marshall was invited by President Obama to the White House to attend a special event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It was a thrill for her as she got to personally meet and be photographed with President Obama. The event itself was very moving and meaningful and it was a day she will certainly never forget.

2009-2010 Awards & Accomplishments

Youth Award of the Nancy Dworkin Award for Outstanding Service to Youth

Please congratulate senior Carla Romero for her recognition last evening with the Youth Award of the Nancy Dworkin Award for Outstanding Service to Youth. The awards are given annually in five categories; Volunteer, Organization, Service Provider, Child Advocate and Youth. Carla was chosen from more than 50 nominees. Montgomery County High Schools were each only allowed to nominate one candidate with the balance of the nominees coming from service organizations throughout the area.

District II Chamber Choir Festival

Congratulations go out to our Chamber Singers for a WONDERFUL performance yesterday at the District II Chamber Choir Festival! They sang beautifully and at a VERY high level of difficulty, resulting in an Excellent rating in performance and a Superior rating in Sightreading! I am VERY proud of our students and the way they performed, but also proud of their outstanding behavior and respect during the whole process. If you see one of the Chamber Singers, pat them on the back for a job well done!

GHS Carson Scholar

The Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes and rewards students who earn the highest level of academic achievement and display strong humanitarian qualities, has designated our own Afredo Colina, grade 9, a "Carson Scholar." The award comes with a $1000 scholarship and he will automatically be a contender next year. Congratulations Alfredo!

Unique Image Dance Team Wins!

Congratulations to the Unique Image Dance Team for taking 1st place at the Montgomery County Dance Competition last Friday. Ms. Bledsoe and her girls worked really hard. Great Job!

GHS Photographers Win!

Congratulations to Patricia Helsel who received a Certificate of Recognition Award from the Maryland State Department of Education for her photograph that was displayed in the Nancy Gramick State Education building. Congratulations also to Taylor Powell, who received an Award of Excellence for his photograph from the MAEA.

Congrats to the Sabor Latino Dance team

Congrats to the Sabor Latino Dance team who performed outstanding in the dance competition at Dominion High School. In 1st place in Merengue was Daniel Jenkins and Fernanda Arrieta, and in 2nd place in Cumbia was Yosselin Arevalo and Victor Merino. Way to go!!

Science Montgomery Science Fair

Congratulations to Ms. Gable, Austin Duff (11th), Susan Roberts (10th) and Marenka Ralowicz (9th) for competing in the Science Montgomery Science Fair this weekend. This was a the first year we had three participants. On Sunday, Austin Duff was awarded with 9 Community Organization Awards for his robot including one of the most prestigious awards from the CIA, and an offer for a summer internship working with the Navy Department working with a robot they need to examine tanks.

Congratulations to GHS Barbershoppers

Congratulations to “Bring It On!” and “Chordially Yours” for their wonderful performances in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday morning. The Youth Adjudications were part of the Mid-Atlantic District’s Spring Convention and Prelims. Our girls sang their very best, and exemplified the best behavior we could have expected!

County and All State Band Recognition

I would like to recognize Brian Simon for auditioning and making it into the Montgomery County Symphonic Honor Band on Clarinet. Brian also auditioned for the Maryland All State Band and made first alternate in the Clarinet section. This means that if one of the clarinetists from the band who made the section can not attend he will be asked to take that person's place.

I would like to recognize Andrea Riddick who tried out for the Montgomery County Symphonic Honor Band on clarinet and is one of the alternates for the Clarinet section. This means that if one of the clarinetists who made the section can not attend she will be asked to take that person's place.

Special recognition goes out to Matt Lappin who is 3 for 3 with his auditions so far this year. Matt auditioned for and made the following bands:

  • Montgomery County Honors Jazz Band on Tenor Saxophone
  • Maryland All State Jazz Band on Tenor Saxophone
  • Maryland All State Symphonic Band on Clarinet

Congratulations Matt!

Trojan Pride is on the Rise

Students excel in Flash programming and Trojan pride!

10th annual Latin Dance Competition

Sabor Latino Dance Team performed at the 10th annual Latin Dance competition and came back with 4 trophies:

  • 2nd place Meregue dancing performed by Daniel Jenkins and Fernanda Arrieta
  • 2nd place Salsa dancing performed by Edgar Gutierrez and Yosseline Arevalo
  • 1st place Jack and Jill dance performed by Fernanda Arrieta
  • 1st place Alumni performed by 2009 graduate Christian Lemus

2008-2009 Awards & Accomplishments

Celia Dubroof wins MCT Academy of Finance AwardAdobe Acrobat Icon

Congratulations to four senior ProStart Students in the Hospitality Management Pathway. They are Scott Buckner, Lauren Tatum, Martha Vasquez, and Jasmine Thomas. They all participated in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational, State Culinary Contest. And, all have been accepted to culinary school.

Senior Bennet Cord, a lacrosse player, was featured in the April 26 issue of GameDay magazine. Read the article.

A short news spot about some features Ford has devised to encourage safe driving by teens was shot in the GHS Auto Tech lab, and it features some of our students. Watch the video.  

GHS Seniors Win 2009 Taiwanese American Community Scholarship Award

The Taiwan Culture Center (TCC) of Washington DC is very pleased to announce that two of our seniors are among sixteen outstanding seniors from 12 high schools in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia awarded the "2009 Taiwanese American Community Scholarship Award": Celia R. Dubroof and Ryan M. Bercaw. See the complete announcement. Adobe Acrobat Icon  

Four GHS Seniors Win Bohrer Scholarships!

Four inspiring young people have each received a $2,500 W. Edward Bohrer, Jr. Memorial CHARACTER COUNTS! Scholarship in 2009: Abdul R. Wahla, Veronica Henrique-Lopez, Audrey Wandji, and Francisco Cartagena. See the full story and picture.  

Seniors Win Scholarships

Brady O’Connell has been awarded a $5000 Schiffman Technology Scholarship. Doug and Suzanne Schiffman provide one scholarship to a MCPS senior to prepare for a technology-related career at any college or university.

Scott Burrows has been awarded the American Society of Military Comptrollers Scholarship.

"All in a Chord"

Congratulations to our girls’ barbershop quartet, “All In A Chord.” Last Saturday, they auditioned at Harry Grove Stadium to sing the National Anthem at some of the home games this upcoming season. Out of 70 auditionees, thirty were selected sing the Anthem, and All In A Chord was one of the thirty selected!

Horatio Alger Scholarship Winner

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The assocation sponsors a nationwide scholarship program. GHS senior Celia Dubroof was awarded the Horatio Alger Scholarship this year. Congratulations, Celia!

Gaithersburg Rotary Club Sam and Esther Eig Scholarship

Olimpia Johnson is the recipient of the Gaithersburg Rotary Club Sam and Esther Eig Scholarship. She will be honored at their luncheon Tuesday, April 7, 2009.

GHS Barbershop Quartet Wins High Honor

On Saturday, March 7, one of our qualifying girls’ barbershop quartets, All in a Chord, performed at the Mid Atlantic District’s High School Final Adjudications at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. Our girls TIED FOR FIRST PLACE and were invited to sing on that evening’s Show of Champions! Let’s hear it for Maggie Schneider, Vibha Rao, Melissa Augustino, and Awa Secka on a job well done! The girls were also featured on an audio spot on Bob Madigan’s “Man About Town” segment on WTOP radio on Friday, March 6, and were interviewed and recorded for a half-hour radio show to be aired in the Philadelphia area! Go to the WTOP website to hear the radio show. Once you are on the WTOP site, go down the page to the Audio section and click on "Barbershop Quartet Competition".

Sikander Porter-Gill is a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Boys Indoor Track Team are Co-State Champions!

Freshman Swimmers Continue to Make GHS Proud!

Ellen Anderson will compete in the Sectionals meet in two weeks (there are 7 Sectionals meets in the USA, each has athletes from 6 or 7 states with the required time cuts). Tyler Pham arrived today in Orlando to compete in at least 2 events (50 Back & 100 Back) at the NCSA Junior Nationals.

Gazette Coach of the Year for Indoor Track – Coach Fran Perry

Congratulations to Theo Marshall who made the Montgomery County All-Star Basketball team!

Kudos to Josh Sommerville for Numerous Honors!

In 2007, Josh was double-medal winner of the 2007 Young Artists Award sponsored by the Kentlands Foundation and the City of Gaithersburg (1st Place-Voice, 3rd Place-Piano.) He also was triple-medal winner and National Finalist of the 2007 Local NAACP Montgomery County Chapter ACT-SO Competition (Gold-Classical Vocal, Gold-Contemporary Instrumental, and Bronze-Contemporary Vocal.)

In 2008 - 2009, his extensive list of achievements includes:

  • Triple-medal winner and National Finalist of the 2008 Local NAACP Montgomery County Chapter ACT-SO Competition (Gold-Classical Vocal, Gold-Contemporary Instrumental, and Gold-Contemporary Vocal);
  • Outstanding Student of the Year Award 2008, Office of the County Executive of Montgomery County, MD;
  • Gold Medal Winner of the 2008 National NAACP ACT-SO Competition, Contemporary Instrumental category;
  • Honorable Mention, 2008 Maryland Distinguished Scholar for Talent in the Arts;
  • Pre-Admission Recipient of Partial Scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA for 2009 Fall Admission;
  • Winner (1 of 12) of 2008 Washington Post Music & Dance Awards Scholarship;
  • 2008, 2009: Performer by special invitation at Strathmore Music Center for the Arts, Bethesda, MD for Office of the County Executive of Montgomery County, MD´s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration;
  • 2008: Requested musical arranger for theme song in local production of the play "Agnes of God";
  • 2008: One of four Levine School of Music faculty-selected students to participate in a vocal master class with renowned opera singer Elizabeth Futral (lead in Kennedy Center´s October 2008 production of "La Traviata");
  • 2008: One of two students selected to represent Gaithersburg High School at the 2008 Towson Choral Festival at Towson University; further selected for Master Class participation (10 students); further selected as 1 of 3 solo performers at the culminating concert;
  • 2008: Selected by audition to sing for "Christmas In Washington 2008" televised holiday program for the President of the United States, House members, and other VIPs, Washington, DC;
  • 2009: Selected by audition to participate in the 2009 Pre-Inauguration Concert at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC;
  • 2009: Selected by Levine School of Music faculty to perform in the Annual Music Showcase Concert and Annual Levine School Gala at the famous Harman Arts Center, Washington, DC.

GHS Swimmers Do Well at Metros

Led by freshmen Ellen Anderson and Tyler Pham, 8 swimmers representing Gaithersburg did well to help the team place 28th out of 54 teams. Ellen placed 5th in the 500 free and 10th in the 200 free, and Tyler placed 6th in the 100 back and 12th in the 100 fly. Ellen and Tyler are among the few freshmen (1 boy and 8 girls) who made the Individual High Point list, and both set new school records in the meet. GHS Results Adobe Acrobat Icon | Full Results  

GHS Swimmers Excel in County Championships

Two freshmen led the Trojans at the Montgomery County Swim & Dive Championships, Feb. 12-14, 2009. Tyler Pham finished 2nd in the 100y Back and 4th in the 100y Fly. Ellen Anderson finished 3rd in the 500y Free and 5th in 100y Back. Throughout the season, Tyler broke 3 school records and remained undefeated in the division, while Ellen also broke 2 school records. Congratulations to these fine swimmers!

GHS Teachers Awarded High Honor

Congratulations to Rebecca Deatherage, Nicole Murray-Lewis, and Jennifer Strelser on receiving their National Board Certifications!

GHS Student to Sing in All State Chorus

Celia Dubroof auditioned for and made it into the Maryland All State Women’s Chorus.

GHS Shot Putter Breaks Record

Senior Sean Stanley broke the record for the Prince George´s Complex with a shot put throw of 60´ 2". That is the third furthest throw in the nation this school year.

Two GHS Students Honored in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contests

Senior Ricardo Dunmoodie is the winner of the Children of the Dream Award presented by the Montgomery County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee. Freshman Jersie Mbu is one of the winners in the City of Gaithersburg/Gazette´s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest.

GHS Student Wins Playwrights Award!

Erika Steagall, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in Arena Stage’s 2009 Student Playwrights Project Ten-Minute Play Competition. Chosen from among 500 submissions, Erika's play will receive a staged reading with professional actors at Source, 1835 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. Performances are free of charge and open to the public. Call (202) 488-3300 for reservations. Seating is limited.

High Ratings for Jazz Band

Recognition goes to the GHS Jazz Band for achieving superior ratings at the MCPS Jazz Festival which took place December 13th.

Gaithersburg Junior to Play in Maryland Senior All State Band

GHS junior, Matt Lappin, was selected to play clarinet in the Maryland Senior All State Band. Matt plays tenor saxophone in our jazz band and clarinet in the symphonic band. The Maryland Senior All State Band will be performing on March 1, 2009 at the Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University.

Gaithersburg Junior to March in Rose Bowl Parade

Tyler Hartwell auditioned for and made it into the Honors Band of America on piccolo. They will be performing in the Rose Bowl Parade which will be shown on National TV New Year's Day.

Full Scholarship Awarded to Gaithersburg Senior

GHS Drum Major Winzell Steele achieved acceptance and a full scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gaithersburg Sophomore to Play in Montgomery County Honors Band

Brian Simon auditioned for and made it into the Montgomery County Honor Band on clarinet.

Student Published in the Washington Post

Senior Annelise Stonebreaker, a member of the MCPS Critics Program, was recently published in the Post. Check out her An Entertaining Seat At the 'Dinner' Table.  

Other Accomplishments

  • Congratulations to Ms. Chenoweth for receiving the grant that allows the Media Center to provide Extended Hours. For information: English Adobe Acrobat Icon | Spanish Adobe Acrobat Icon  
  • The September 9th grade students of the month were:
    • Denise Wilson, Vera Damanka, John Kouakam, Thomas Hunt, Nereida Pinto, Glorianna Castro, Russell Lacy, Kyla Hooks, Myeshia Frazier, Charles Chapin, Breonna Jackson, and Nathaniel Li.
  • Ms. Jennifer Strelser was recognized on October 3, 2008 by the Bethesda Chapter of the AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association) and the AFCEA International Educational Foundation for excellence and dedication in teaching. They presented her with a Teaching Tools Award and $1,000 to be used to enhance the classroom teaching experience for students.
  • On November 6th, Carla Romo, Vladimir Rodriguez, Ricardo Dunmoodie, and Keith Hyman participated in a Town Hall Meeting with Governor Martin O’Malley that was held at Gaithersburg High School. Gaithersburg, MD was "Capital For A Day", and the governor spent the day conducting state business in Gaithersburg. These students were able to pose questions to the Governor, and they proudly represented Gaithersburg High School.
  • Sikandar Porter-Gill, Class of 2009, received a $50,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for his project "The Production of Methane in a Two-Chamber Bio-catalyzed Fuel Cell Utilizing Methanosarcina barkeri." The Davidson Institute is a national scholarship program for gifted students. Sikander was one of five recipients of the top level of awards. For more information on the Davidson Institute and their scholarships, see Davidson_Fellows___2008_405.aspx  
  • This year’s Homecoming Court consists of:
    • Andrew Roberts, Andy Gilpin, Colt Wells, Elvis Salas, Francisco Cartegena, Joe Mapleek, Joseph Flood, Ricardo Dunmoodie, Vladimir Rodriguez, Winzell Steele, Jr., Camila Mendez, Carla Romo, Celia Dubroof, Jackie Tardiff, Jasmine Jones, Julie Riggio, Lizbeth Medina, Melissa Augustino, Monica Young, and Salimatu Jalloh.
  • On Labor Day, the Gaithersburg High School Marching Band performed in the Kensington Labor Day Parade. Later, they joined the Poms, the Flag Team and the Cheerleaders to lead the Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade.
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