Take a minute to recognize the achievements of our students for the 2023-2024 school year!
Congratulations to Abigail Hoy, Christopher Ramos, and Adriana Schulman! These Falcons were all recognized at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards. Abigail won Silver and Adriana won Bronze in the Green Sustainability Category, and Christopher won Bronze in the Engineering Category.
Congratulations to the members of the Poolesville Model United Nations (UN) team for their wonderful results at the American University Model UN Conference. The following Falcons won individual awards:
Mohammad Ashkar Ali - Honourable Mention in the Industrial Development Committee
Alessandra Bazzano-Zeldin - Honourable Mention in the Task Force Zimbabwe Committee
Ravi Iyer - Best Delegate and Diplomacy Award in the Disaster Relief Committee
Aarush Kandukoori - Honourable Mention in the Human Settlements Committee
Vibhi Maniar - Diplomacy Award in the Development Bank Committee
Shreyas Sasanakoti - Honourable Mention in the Food and Agricultural Committee
Congratulations to the PHS students who submitted entries to the National PTA Reflections Arts Programs. We had 11 students submit entries: eight advanced to Counties and six have advanced to the state competition. MCCPTA received 164 pieces of student artwork across 23 MCPS schools. In the high school division, up to three student entries per arts category may advance to the Free State PTA for judging at the state level. Each student entry was evaluated on how closely a piece related to this year's theme "I am Hopeful Because.. ." based on the artwork itself and the artist statement; how creative and original the piece was in its conception of the theme and its presentation; and the level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles/techniques of the arts area. Please see the complete list of entries below:
- Catherine Aixinjueluo - Visual Arts - Honorable Mention
- Vaishnavi Banda - Dance Choreography
- Pranavi Bhamidipati - Literature
- Jillian Dove - Music Composition - Award of Excellence
- Kareena Gupta - Music Composition
- Diya Kamalabharathy - Music Composition
- Daniela Martinez - Dance Choreography - Award of Merit
- Kirabo Payne - Photography
- Vittal Rajagopalan - Film Production - Award of Excellence
- Trenton Woelfer - Music Composition - Honorable Mention
- Emma Zou - Music Composition - Award of Merit
Mock Trial Victory - After the first two trials were canceled, our plaintiff side was victorious over Northwood (who was 2-0). It was a decisive win by 17 points which is the highest margin of victory of any team this season. If you see any of the following students, please congratulate them.
Shalav Pawar (11)
Laura Civillico (10)
Sydney Short (12)
Brooke Roberts (11)
Mihika Lall (11)
Saahas Yaddula (11)
Jaden Mekede (9)
- QuestBridge Scholarship - Congratulations to Daniel Lee, Poolesville High School, Johns Hopkins University for being named one of thirteen MCPS seniors from nine high schools to receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship from QuestBridge.
Poolesville High School has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). This award acknowledges 1,127 schools for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2022-23 school year. PHS is one of only 834 schools to be recognized for achieving this important result in AP CSP. This honor recognizes the outstanding work PHS is doing to engage more female students in computer science.
Congratulations to SMCS seniors, Daniel Mathew and Milo Stammers who were named Top 300 Scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. They will each receive a scholarship and the school will also receive a financial reward to support STEM-related activities for each scholar. They will find out on January 24th if they are chosen as one of the 40 Finalists who receive additional scholarships with the chance to win the First-Place scholarship.
Congratulations to the PHS Model UN team who competed in Winston Churchill High School's Annual Model UN Conference WinMUNC IV this weekend 12/15 and 12/16, and was awarded the Outstanding Small Delegation award with their performance at the conference. Additionally, Vibhi Maniar, Sydney Saeed, Neil Panchal, and Mohammad Taariq Ashkar Ali all won verbal commendation awards, while Ravi Iyer won an honorable mention award.
Congratulations to the 43 PHS students who competed in the Maryland DECA Region 1 Competition. Congratulations to all students who were involved, and an additional congratulations to all the award winners.
- 1st Place- Financial Services Team Decision Making Event: Pranav Karthikeyan, Jason Liaw
- 1st Place- Marketing Team Decision Making Event: Clara Park, Mehek Patnaik
- Honorable Mention- Business Marketing Finance Exam: Eric Huang
- Honorable Mention- Business Marketing Finance Exam: Tanisha Sharma
Congratulations to the PHS It’s Academic Team on their recent win, propelling their return to the show in the playoffs! The taping of the show aired this weekend and can be seen in its entirety by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTWuvkfmcnc. Go Falcons!
Congratulations to seniors Brianna Akuamoah-Boateng and Sophia Deng, Team WaterBuffalos, for being chosen as finalists for Project Green Challenge. Project Green Challenge is a month-long sustainability challenge focused on social and environmental justice, as well as environmental advocacy. Brianna is currently representing Team WaterBuffalos in the finals in San Francisco.
Congratulations to the students involved in the PHS Model UN for their leadership and success being recognized through a feature in the Voice of America. We had several students interviewed, and I am proud of their positive representation of Poolesville High School. You can view the story at this link. Thank you, also, to Ms. Snavely for her guidance and support of these students.
Congratulations to Brianna, Brookly, Jacob, Bridget, and Victor. These student leaders presented to local and state officials during the Fair Access breakfast at Poolesville Day. Their discussion was insightful, compassionate, and authentic in their advocacy for future generations of Poolesville Falcons.
Congratulations to our Falcons who are National Merit Semifinalists! Please follow the link for the official MCPS Press Release. The students who were recognized were:
- Vaishnavi Banda
- Lahari Bandaru
- Neel Bhattacharyya
- Nathaniel C. Chen
- Daisy B. Dastrup
- Patrick T. Foley
- Anil T. Ghosh
- Ronan G. Graff
- Leavy Hu
- Soumya P. Jailwala
- Aditya Lahiri
- Amy A. Le
- Jasmine Q. Li
- Daniel Mathew
- Elizabeth C. Newton
- Aidan H. Paul
- Nora E. Rudmann
- Andrew W. Sha
- Milo A. Stammers
- Emma Y. Zou
Congratulations to Raymond Lim, violinist, for his acceptance into the NSO Youth Fellowship Program for this school year.
Poolesville High School was recognized as the Number 1 public school in Maryland by the US News and World Report. You can read more here. Congratulations to all of our students, staff, and families whose hard work and support makes this recognition possible.
- Poolesville High School was recognized as the Number 1 public school in Maryland by Niche.com. You can read more here. Congratulations to all of our students, staff, and families whose hard work and support makes this recognition possible.
Congratulations to the following Poolesville High School staff who achieved National Board Certification in December of 2023!
- Mr. Kanach
- Mr. Lee
- Mr. Young
Congratulations to each of you for achieving the National Board Certification!