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School Notes Jan. 14-20

To have an item listed mail to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper.

The Montgomery County Board of Education designated Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, as a holiday in Montgomery County Public Schools. All schools and offices will be closed. The board also noted that Inauguration Day will be designated as a school system holiday in all future years when Inauguration Day occurs.

The Winston Churchill High School Art Department will showcase art through Feb. 7 at The Behnke Nurseries’ River Road location. Free. 301-983-9200.

Sophie van Bastelaer, a freshman at Walt Whitman High School was runner-up and won $10,000 in an essay contest presented by Junior Achievement. She sent in an essay about “Greater Washington - Why It’s the Best Region to Build and Grow a Business.” Her essay is available at http://www.myja.org/students/essay/.