National Latin Exam and Spanish National Exam Recognition 

Congratulations to the following students who earned recognition in the National Latin Exam and the Spanish National Exam.

National Latin Exam is offered in the United States, and 16 other countries including Australia, Belize, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Araba Emirates, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.  A total of 149, 000 students took this Exam.

Latin Level I

Charese Vo                   Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude

Ibtsam Fedil                 Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude

Jonathan Simak            Silver Medal,  Maxima Cum Laude

Chosun Monteblanco  Silver Medal,  Maxima Cum Lauder

Zale Tlemsanix              Magna cum Laude

Damon Termini            Magna Cum Laude

Sophia Vu                     Magna Cum Laude

Spencer Woehrle        Magna Cum Laude

Zareer Islam                 Magna Cum Laude

Latin Level II

Glen Higgs                    Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude

Delia Termini              Magna Cum Laude

Julian Taylor               Cum Laude

The mission of the Spanish National Exam (NSE) is to recognize student achievement and to promote language proficiency in the study of the Spanish. Last year, a total of 169,697 students registered for the National Spanish Examinations. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2016-2017.

Spanish Level 4

Sarah Mirekua                 Silver Medal

Kenneth Baird                 Bronze Medal

Sreelekha Chillanki         Bronze Medal

Rachel Frampton             Bronze Medal

Bilal Mohammed             Honorable Mention

Emma Thoms                   Honorable Mention

Ashley Weaver                Honorable Mention

Keerthana Merugu         Honorable Mention

Bilingual Level 4

Alex Ramirez Blonski  Honorable Mention

Spanish Level 5

Katie Cobb                  Silver Medal

Russell Corbin            Bronze Medal

Anna Mothersole      Honorable Mention

Julia Chitnis                Honorable Mention

Matthew Pease        Honorable Mention

Andrew Spencer        Honorable Mention

Grand Prize Winner in the Junior Achievement Essay Competition

Congratulations to Summer Oh, senior, who was selected as the grand prize winner of the Junior Achievement Essay Competition. Summer wins a monetary scholarship.


Congratulations also goes to Samuel Norman, junior, who won 3rd place in the Maryland division. He will also win a monetary scholarship.


Finally, congratulations to the students who entered from RM, because the school with the greatest number of eligible applications wins their school $6,000. And because of your entries, Richard Montgomery was named the School Winner of the Maryland division. Way to go Rockets!

Honorable Mention in the Washington Post 2017 Winter All-Met Lineup

Congrats to Kamryn Umbel (senior), Matt Nguyen (senior), Jack Rose (junior), and Connor Din (sophomore) were all awarded Honorable Mention in the Washington Post's 2017-2017 Winter All-Met Lineup. It’s remarkable that four athletes from the same team were given this accolade. Under Coach Aryn Wheeler's leadership, the RM Swim & Dive Team competes at the very top of its Division & Region, winning three State Championship Title in the last four seasons (RM's only state titles in twenty years!). That is remarkable! Your RM Swim & Dive Team members and parents are enormously proud of the recipient of RMHS Coach of the Year. Coach Wheeler deserves a shout out!

2017 National English Honor Society Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to senior, Xochi Cartland, who was selected as one of the recipients of the 2017 National English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships. Xochi will get a cash scholarship for her essay titled Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Way to go!

Maryland State Championship in National Economics Challenge

Congratulations to Tadhg Larabee, Rachel Li, Saam Zahedian, and Kyle Zhu, who won the Maryland State Championship in National Economics Challenge.  Later this month they will compete against other state champion teams for one of four slots in the National finals. The NEC includes over 10,000 students in a series of competitions that culminates in a final round in NYC that is covered live on CNBC. Good luck team!

2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Winner

Congratulations to senior Kern Lee who won a silver medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a national recognition and an amazing honor. His award was for a drawing/illustration titled “Lux En Tenebris”. See all the medalists at the following link:

DECA Winners

Congratulations to RM DECA who won first place at the 2017 State Career Development Conference at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD.  This year was the largest attendance ever with over 350 students, advisors, teachers, and chaperones. Winners qualified to attend ICDC in Anaheim, CA. 

Capital Region History Bowl

Congratulations to the Varsity Quizbowl Team that went 7-0 at Centennial High School, taking first place at the Capital Region History Bowl. 

Quizbowl champs


Students in yoga class perform different poses to show mastery. This is the first year RM has hosted multiple yoga classes. Talk to your counselor if you are interested in taking yoga next school year.


Yoga 1  Yoga 2  Yoga 3  yoga 4  Yoga 5

Debate Champions

On Thursday, February 16th at the Montgomery County Debate League playoffs, RMHS took home both Championships.  They won best overall school team in the County (out of about 200 teams), which is determined by team performance throughout the year. They also took the individual team title as determined by a single-elimination tournament Wednesday and Thursday.  Team members consisted of senior, David Edimo and junior, Kunal Harmalkar. Congrats David and Kunal! 

National Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to Camilo Gonzalez-Sol who was accepted to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Camilo is one of two people (composer apprentices) chosen from around the country to spend 5 weeks composing this summer. The program is run out of Carnegie Hall. Camilo will be touring South America with the orchestra as part of the program. 

Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who won Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this year:




Silver Key

Drawing and Illustration

Don't Look Back



Silver Key

Drawing and Illustration

Twisted Love Story



Gold Key

Mixed Media

When You Wish Upon a Star



Gold Key

Mixed Media

The Giving Tree



Silver Key





Silver Key

Art Portfolio




Gold Key

Drawing and Illustration

Deep Market



Gold Key

Drawing and Illustration

Lux En Tenebris



Gold Key

Drawing and Illustration

Late Night Television



Gold Key

Drawing and Illustration

the First Thanksgiving



Gold Key

Drawing and Illustration

Pair of Hunters



Honorable Mention

Drawing and Illustration

Routine Checkup



Silver Key

Drawing and Illustration

On the Way to Prison



Silver Key

Ceramics & Glass

Tides of the Moon

All-State Chorus Concert Participants

This year there are seven students from RMHS who will perform in the All-State Chorus Concert. Congratulations to the following students:


Angela Pan

Gillian Smith

Chloe Noh

Victoria Seo

Sally Simpson

Alex Lin

Andrew Spencer

U.S. Presidential Scholars Program 

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to compete for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program:


Daisy Grant

Mona Lee

Erica Lin

Huayang Peng

William Wong

Phil Zhang

Brian Zhou

National Hispanic Recognition Program

Congratulations to the following students who applied for the National Hispanic Recognition Program. All of the students were designated scholars:


Charlotte Beckford

Xochi Cartland

Lisa Hernandez

Nicolas Bolatto

Zaynah Moen

Peter Maldonado

Camilo Gonzalez Sol

Touch of Class Award

On January 31, 2017 during Maryland Horse Industry Day in Annapolis, Lydia Harouna, sophomore, received the annual “Touch of Class” award along with her 4-H teammates for representing Maryland youth in national competition.  The honor is granted to Maryland horses, individuals, teams, organizations or events that demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in the Maryland Horse Industry. The award is named after Touch of Class, a Maryland-bred mare who won two Olympic show jumping gold medals and currently holds the Olympic record for number of clean jumping rounds in an Olympic competition. MHIB.

Touch of Class Award

Student Selected to Play Volleyball in Israel 

Brooke Richman, junior, has been selected to play for the U.S. Women’s Junior Volleyball team in the 20th Maccabi Games in Israel this summer. She will be one of 12 players on the team. The Maccabi Games, a celebration of Jewish unity, culture, and heritage through athletic competition, are the third-largest international sports event in the world. Played every four years, they are officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Not only are the games an amazing experience of culture, education, and religion, they also represent a chance to build camaraderie with athletes from all corners of the globe. Athletes from some 80 countries are expected to be there. Congrats Brooke!  

Best In Show

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as Best In Show at RM's Best of 2017 Art Show. 

Art Best in Show 1  Art Best in Show 2 Art Best in Show 3 Best in Show 4 Art Best in Show 5 Art Best in Show 6

Homework Hotline Live Brain Teaser Winner

Congratulations to Sarah Eng, senior, who was the winner of the Homework Hotline Live brain teaser question on January 17, 2017. Congrats Sarah! Winners receive a prize so everyone should continue to watch Homework Hotline Live! 

76th Annual Regeneron Science Talent Search Winner

Congratulations to Frederick Xu, senior, who was named one of the top 300 young scientist of the 76th annual Regeneron Science Talent Search. His win makes RMHS one of 183 schools across the US from which a scholar was named this year. If selected as a finalist, Frederick will be 1 of 40 finalist to attend the Regeneron Science Talent Institute in Washington, D.C. in March to compete for further awards and scholarships. Way to go Frederick and good luck on becoming a finalist!  

2016 Maryland Moot Court Semifinalist 

On December 4th, sophomores Emily Tian and Leo Bertholet represented Richard Montgomery High School against twelve statewide competitors in the Maryland State Bar/CLREP-sponsored Moot Court Competition.  They were judged by former and active state attorneys and judges, as they argued issues of constitutional law affecting student rights. All eight Maryland judicial circuits were represented, and our students were the only sophomore tandem in a competition led primarily by seniors. 

Emily and Leo Emily, Leo, and Mr. Wright

United States Senate Youth Program Winner

Congratulations to David Edimo, senior, who was selected as one of only two students to represent the state of Maryland as a delegate in the United States Senate Youth Program. This event will be held in Washington, D.C. March 4-11, 2017. He also received a scholarship toward his college tuition.

Siemen’s Competition Semifinalist

Congratulations to senior Jerry Wu who was a semifinalist in the Siemen’s Competition in Math, Science and Technology. A banner was sent to the school in his honor and will be hung in the hallways to commemorate this achievement.  The Siemen’s Competition is regarded as one of the leading science and mathematics research-based competitions for high school students.

Coolidge Foundation Scholarship Semifinalist 

William Wong, senior, placed among the top 100 candidates for the Coolidge Foundation Scholarship. Over 12,500 students applied for the full ride scholarship in the inaugural year (2015-2016). This means he was in the top 4% (if not higher) of a highly competitive pool of students from across America. If you are interested in applying for this year’s scholarship, the application opened in November and you can find more information online at

2017 All State Senior Chorus

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to the Maryland 2017 All State Senior Chorus:


Alex Lin

Chloe Noh

Angela Pan

Victoria Seo

Sally Simpson

Gillian Smith

Andrew Spencer


Freshman Laura Yao was selected for the Junior All-State.


And seniors Sally Simpson & Angela Pan were selected for the All-Eastern State chorus to be held in Atlantic City in April.  Sally was also in the All-National Choir in Texas this past November. 

2017 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner

Congratulations to senior Camilo Gonzalez-Sol who was named a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner in Classical music/Composition. Selected from the largest pool of applicants to date, Camilo has been recognized for his outstanding artistic achievements and joins 691 of the nation’s most promising young artists from 40 states across the literary, visual, design and performing arts. Winners receive awards, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs nationwide and engage with renowned mentors, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals.

Swimmers Sign with Division 1 Colleges

Congratulations to Kenny Afolabi-Brown and Kamryn Umbel who signed commitment letters to attend division 1 colleges next fall to swim. Kenny with join the swim team at Uconn and Kamryn will join the swim team at Penn State. Way to go Rocket swimmers! 


Kenny & Kamryn

4-H Communications Contest Winner

Congratulations to 10th grader Lydia Harouna for placing in the top five at the annual Maryland 4-H Communications Contest. She went on to represent Richard Montgomery High School at the Maryland State 4-H Communications Team at AQHA Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio a few weeks ago and the Eastern Nationals 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky.  The team placed 7th overall in the Nation.

2015-2016 International Thespian Society (ITS)

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the International Thespian Society (ITS), the honor society for secondary school theatre students. The students listed below were active members of Richard Montgomery High School, Troupe 1748 in the 2015-2016 school year. Way to go!


Chen, Amy                     2016

Damiani, Christina           2017

Eisenberg, Aaron             2016

Flores, Jennifer               2017

Gillcrist, Jessica              2017

Goetz, Devon                  2016

Goldenberg-Hart, Zoe       2016

Green, William                2016

Hartman, Malory             2017

Hoddinott, David             2016

Hopkin, Mary                  2016

Hughes, Thomas             2017

Janossy, Eszter               2016

Jones, Blair                    2016

Langer, Anna                  2017

Leiva, Isabel                  2017

Liu, Louise                     2017

Moore, Joseph                2017

Moss, Max                     2017

Newstead, Syllia             2016

Ostrenga, Carl                2016

Park, Naomi                   2017

Robertson, Leigh             2016

Saywell, Oscar               2017

Shrestha, Luniva             2017

Simcox, Mallory              2017

Simpson, Sally               2017

Snitkovsky, Seema          2016

Steenburgh, Elise            2017

Wang, Emily                   2017

Weisgerber, Ann              2016

Williams, Asa                 2016

Zuhl, Jennifer                 2017

Young Ambassadors Program

Victoria Priester

Senior Victoria Priester was recognized by the World Affairs Council and the Ambassador of Costa Rica for her contributions to the Young Ambassadors Program, Costa Rica program. This photo is of Victoria with her parents and Ambassador Macaya Hayes at the Costa Rican Embassy reception. 

First Place Winner at the MC Science Fair 2016

Congratulations to Yerim “Reyna” Choi, sophomore, who won 1st Place in the Biology category at the Montgomery County Science Fair 2016. She also won: 


- 2nd Place for the Achiever's League USA Creative Idea Award 

- The ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Award

- The Geological Society of Washington Award for Excellence in Earth Science.


She then went on to compete at the international GENIUS Olympiad 2016 and received a Gold Medal in the science category. Her project was called "Investigating Cost-Effective Soy-Based Famine Relief Foods" and was about creating a cheaper and more effective way to combat malnutrition through specialized relief food packages. Way to go Reyna!

RM Senior on TV

Ingrid Winkler, senior, was a featured musician on the TV show Jazz Encounters. Congrats Ingrid and thank you for being a great representation of the RM music department!


Ingrid featured musician

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