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Potomac Schools May 16

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Zofia Kiosowska of North Potomac was honored at the Universities at Shady Grove at its eighth-annual Student Achievement and Leadership Breakfast on April 13. One outstanding senior from each undergraduate program offered at USG who has demonstrated academic excellence received the Student Academic Achievement Award. Award recipients are selected on the basis of grade point average, participation in internships and honor societies, and contributions to their program of study.

Montgomery County Public Schools seniors from six high schools have been awarded corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships financed by corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

The students are among 24 high school seniors in Maryland and 1,000 high school seniors nationwide to be selected in the first group of winners in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The scholars were selected from a pool of 16,000 students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria of their scholarship sponsors.

Local winners, their intended fields of study and sponsors are:

  • Cindy B. Zheng, medicine, Winston Churchill High School; The MITRE Corporation.

  • Jacob Lampl Taswell, science, Walt Whitman High School; Mary E. Beyerle Trust.

Mariya Berge, daughter of Lisa Berge of Potomac, was recently accepted into Phi Kappa Phi, the international honor society at Salisbury University. Berge is a senior majoring in English and secondary education. She is a 2007 graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac.

Anh Nguyen of Potomac was one of some 36 Montgomery County students who recently graduated from Salisbury University. She was among the 498 undergraduate students who received 441 bachelor’s and 57 master’s degrees during the University’s annual Winter Commencement ceremony at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Some 182 Montgomery County area students were named to the Dean’s List at Salisbury University for the Fall 2011 semester. The following Potomac students were added to the list:

  • North Potomac area residents include Gloria Chibueze-Azinge, Jade Lebrock and Kassandra Reyes.

  • Potomac area residents include Mariya Berge and Madeline Kalicka.

The following students have been named to Randolph-Macon Academy's honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2011-12 school year:

  • Birahim Thiam, the son of Oumou and Idrissa Thiam of North Potomac, was named to the President's List. Birahim is a senior at Randolph-Macon.

  • David Lee, the son of Chunqing Lei of Potomac, was named to the President's List. David is a sophomore at Randolph-Macon.

The following Washington and Lee students have earned dean's list status for the recently ended winter 2012 term.

  • James Pickle of Potomac a member of the class of 2012 at Washington and Lee University.

Villanova University named the following students to the Dean's List for the fall 2011 semester.

  • Andrew Garber, from Potomac, is enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • Erin Kale, from Potomac, is enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • Emily Koroshetz, from Potomac, is enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • William Makabenta, from North Potomac, is enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The following Washington and Lee students have earned honor roll status for the winter 2012 term.

  • James Pickle of Potomac, a member of the class of 2012.

Seniors from Montgomery County Public Schools have been awarded the National Merit $2,500 Scholarships financed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The students are among 56 high school seniors in Maryland to be selected in the second group of winners in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The scholars were selected from a pool of more than 15,000 students, and will receive a one-time award of $2,500 for post-secondary education. The MCPS winners, their schools and intended fields of study are:

Winston Churchill High School

  • Charlotte W. Bourg, Science

  • Derek L. Gritz, Medicine

  • Raymond Y. Li, Medicine

Walt Whitman High School

  • Lucy Chen, Medicine

  • Kevin Cheng, Law

Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen announced the winners of the 31st annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students on April 30, at VisArts in Rockville. At this event, attended by over 300 students, teachers, principals, families, and friends, Congressman Van Hollen honored all the participants and this year’s winner, Annibel Rice. Rice, a junior at Walt Whitman High School, will have her contÈ on charcoal paper, Isolation, displayed in the U.S. Capitol beginning in June for one year.

First Place:

  • Annibel Rice (from Bethesda), junior

Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda

Art work entitled: Isolation

Medium: ContÈ on charcoal paper

Art Instructor: Jean Diamond

Runner-up:

The runner-ups will have their work displayed in Congressman Van Hollen’s Capitol Hill and district offices for the next year.

  • Matthew Schick (from Potomac), sophomore

Landon School, Bethesda

Art work entitled: Untitled

Medium: Oil on canvas

Art Instructor: Walt Bartman

Honorable Mentions:

  • Stephanie Buria-Hellbeck (from Bethesda), junior

Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda

Art work entitled: Concentration

Medium: Charcoal on paper

Art Instructor: Robert Burgess

  • Jia Gao (from Bethesda), junior

Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville

Art work entitled: Arose

Medium: Oil on canvas

Art Instructor: Katherine Stanton

  • Jennifer Guo (from North Potomac), sophomore

Holton-Arms School, Bethesda

Art work entitled: Fruits

Medium: Oil paint

Art Instructor: Lee Newman