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Outstanding School, Office Websites Recognized

Northwood High School won the Best of the Web Award as the best public high school website in Montgomery County during the fifth annual Best of the MCPS Web Awards ceremony. White Oak Middle School and Little Bennett Elementary School won top awards in the middle and elementary school categories.

The school system’s almost 1,000 school and office webmasters voted for the winners from finalists in six categories.
The annual Best of the Web Awards recognize MCPS web sites that model best practices in web communications.

 Nominations for the award were submitted by staff and the community. The awards and event are sponsored by Web Services in the Public Information Office, Office of Communications and Family Outreach. Winners receive certificates of recognition.

The MCPS Web is composed of 200 school web sites and hundreds of office and department sites. During the week of May 11–17, for example, the MCPS Web had almost 1 million page views and nearly 400,000 visits.

The awards ceremony also featured a keynote speech by Khoi Vinh, design director of The New York Times website, Vinh, a 1989 graduate of Gaithersburg High School, is a leader in the development of user-focused website design.

The winners in each category are:

  • Best High School Website: Northwood High School, webmaster Carolyn Dixon
  • Best Middle School Website: White Oak Middle School, webmaster Brenda Young
  • Best Elementary School Website: Little Bennett Elementary School, webmaster Irene Allaire
  • Best Office Website: Department of Family and Community Partnerships, webmaster Ben Lesnick
  • Best Special Project or Initiative Website: Oakland Terrace Elementary School math site, webmaster Christopher Love
  • Best Student Contribution to a Website: Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair High School, Sophie Schwadron, Kiera Zitelman, editors-in-chief
  • Eight staffers and one retired administrator received Web Builder awards in recognition of their contributions to the growth and value of the MCPS Web.

Best of the Web Awards 2009 Winners and Finalists 


Last Updated: 6/2/2009