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Blake High School Student Wins Prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship







James Hubert Blake High School Senior Rhea Wyse has been named a recipient of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, which provides full funding to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the only MCPS student to receive the prestigious scholarship this year. The total value of the scholarship is nearly $100,000 and covers tuition, student fees, housing, meals, books and a laptop, as well as four tailored summer enrichment experiences. Blake High School Principal Christopher Berry said, “Rhea has excelled in her four years at Blake both inside the classroom and out. This scholarship comes as no surprise to her teachers and fellow students, and affirms her hard work on behalf of the Blake community.” The Morehead-Cain was the first merit scholarship program established in the United States. There are currently 230 Morehead-Cain Scholars enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Seven MCPS high school students are finalists in the Gaithersburg Book Festival short story contest. The students are: Halcyon Ruskin, freshman at Einstein; Lily Xu, sophomore at Richard Montgomery; juniors Cary Spector, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Andrew Qian, Clarksburg and Alice Yanhong Lu, Wootton; and seniors Jasmine Smith and Phoebe Temkin, both of Richard Montgomery. They were selected from a pool of 141 contestants from throughout Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at the festival on May 19. See their short story entries here. More information on the Gaithersburg Book Festival is available here.

Three MCPS students have been recognized in the Young Authors Contest, sponsored by the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council (SoMIRAC).  In the short story category, College Gardens Elementary School fourth grader Becca L. Howlett placed first with her story, Treasure in the Azalea Bush. Her teacher is Ashley Johnson. Two Burning Tree Elementary School students placed first in the poetry category. Third grader Audrey Pechilis (her teacher is Marni Levenstein) won for her poem, Betrayal, and fifth grader Callia Amanda Chuang (teacher Marlene Shapiro) won for Invisible. The students, their teachers and other winners will be honored at a Young Authors’ reception on March 28.


Left to right, MCPS students Jesse Itskowitz, Peter Adler Asch, Sheoli Gunaratne and Emma Wolfe who read their award-winning work at Washington restaurant Busboys and Poets.

Four MCPS students read their Scholastic Award winning work at Busboys and Poets, a Washington venue and restaurant. They were: Jesse Itskowitz, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School; Peter Adler Asch, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School; Sheoli Gunaratne, a sophomore at Thomas Wootton High School, and Emma Wolfe, a 7th grader at Thomas Pyle Middle School. Twenty-one teen writers from Greater Washington who won regional Scholastic Writing Awards read excerpts of their poetry, personal essays and short fiction. The Scholastic Writing Awards is the largest, most prestigious writing competition for teens in the country. Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization that administers the awards on the regional level, invited the winners to read their pieces.



Last Updated: 3/20/2012