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Potomac School Notes May 15

Marni Morse who attends Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, was selected as a 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Twenty-four Montgomery County Public Schools students from six different high schools have been awarded National Merit $2,500 Scholarships financed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The MCPS $2,500 scholarship recipients, their schools, and intended field of study are: Winston Churchill High School: Jessica C. Lee, communications and Colin J. Kincaid, computer programming. Walt Whitman High School: Pia Kochar, mathematics and Jacob M. Rosenblum, business management. Thomas S. Wootton High School: Michelle A. He, business.

Alan Pugh was recently honored with a Louis B. Perry Summer Research Grant, allowing Pugh to do collaborative research with a professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. Pugh will be working with Assistant Professor of Psychology Pavel Blagdov on testing hypotheses regarding the differential links between boldness, meanness and disinhibition in the psychopathic personality. Pugh is the son of Graham Pugh and Kelly Ellison and a 2010 graduate of Wootton High School. He is currently a rising senior psychology major at Whitman College.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will award 73 Washington, D.C. metropolitan area teachers Certificates of Study for their participation in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program. The Certificate of Study recognizes educators who have continued their professional learning in the arts. Potomac Elementary School teachers Joyce Bishop and Janet L. Gawler are among those being recognized.

David Lee Jr., a junior at Randolph-Macon Academy, attended the 2013 Honors Conference at Virginia Military Institute in March. Lee is the son of Hong Gang Li and Chun Qing Lei of Potomac.

Holy Child has included archery as a small part of their physical education program for many years now, but recently, longtime physical education teacher (and dance instructor) Leslie Whitaker has made strides in upping the ante in the school’s archery program. Representing Holy Child, Whitaker applied for and was awarded a grant from The Easton Foundation in Van Nuys, Calif., an organization existing to further Olympic-style archery (and other sports) nationwide. Whitaker studied under one of the top archers, and got her certification, and the school received equipment as part of its grant.