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Oprah Picks 'American Dirt' by Gaithersburg High Grad for Book Club

Oprah Winfrey announced Tuesday morning that she’s selected “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins — an alumnus of Gaithersburg High School — for Oprah’s Book Club. “American Dirt” follows the story of Mexican migrant who flees her home with her son from a drug cartel.

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She started climbing trees as a kid. Then this ecologist helped create scientist Barbie.

She started climbing trees as a kid. Then this ecologist helped create scientist Barbie.

Nalini Nadkarni didn’t play with Barbies as a girl. She was too busy climbing the maple trees in her front yard in Bethesda, Md. The forest ecologist might seem an unlikely person to help design and promote Barbie dolls. But over the past six months, she has been inspiring girls worldwide to play with dolls that have a magnifying glass and all-terrain boots instead of tiaras and high heels. It’s through new explorer Barbie dolls designed with her input by Mattel and National Geographic.

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Raising Community Awareness at the Northwest HS Ulysses Fair

Seniors at Northwest High School showcased original research projects at this year's Ulysses Fair One project, created by Rashika Rahman, seeks to raise awareness of the ongoing Rohingya crisis.

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Barnsley Elementary School celebrated for Blue Ribbon School award

Barnsley Elementary School celebrated for Blue Ribbon School award

Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School was feeling blue on Tuesday, but in the best way. Packed into the gymnasium, staff members and students clad in blue held an assembly to celebrate the Rockville school being named one of six Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools, an honor bestowed by the state Department of Education for high performance on state assessments in math and English.

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Great Students

Fourteen MCPS students have been named recipients of full-tuition, four-year college scholarships from the Posse Foundation. The Posse program identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential that may have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes. This year’s recipients come from 12 high schools and will attend five different colleges.

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Rockville High School Teacher Wins National Educator of the Year Award

Rockville High School Teacher Wins National Educator of the Year Award

Sean Pang, English and media arts teacher at Rockville High School, won the 2019 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year Award. He is one of 10 recipients across the U.S. The award gives winners a $5,000 grant. Pang plans to use the grant to film a documentary that brings light to financial issues in Montgomery County that he believes go unnoticed. He hopes that the exposure will raise money for county businesses and shelters that help students who struggle financially.

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Twenty-One Educators Achieve National Board Certification

Twenty-One Educators Achieve National Board Certification

Twenty-one MCPS educators achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 2019. Fifty teachers also renewed their certifications in 2019. According to data from the NBPTS, Maryland ranks 12th in total number of Board-certified teachers in 2019.

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Sibling rivalry: Rockville twins wrestle on the mat and push each other to the top

Sibling rivalry: Rockville twins wrestle on the mat and push each other to the top

Wrestling is all about family at Wootton High School. Meet the Liau twins: Eric and Jason. “When we go live, we go hard on each other,” says Eric. “We go 100 percent.” A sibling rivalry on the mat. It’s created a lot of success. Last year, Eric won the Maryland state championship in the 106-pound weight class.

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Germantown Teen Who Made History at Yale University to Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Germantown Teen Who Made History at Yale University to Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

A history-making moment for 19-year-old Kahlil Greene of Germantown. In April, the Poolesville High School graduate became the first African American to serve as President of the Yale College Council. On January 8th, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington will induct Greene into the organization's Hall of Fame.

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MyMCMedia's 2019 Athletes of the Year

Many great athletic achievements by teams and individuals in Montgomery County were on display in 2019. MyMCMedia wanted to pick two athletes that stood above the rest and while it was very difficult, it also kind of wasn’t thanks to two very talented high schoolers.

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