David Wu and Garyk Brixi Credit: Via Davidson Institute for Talent Development

Two Potomac teens recognized as Davidson Fellows

David Wu and Garyk Brixi are among 20 students recognized nationally as Davidson Fellows at the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.

Wu was recognized for his work in mathematics and received a $25,000 scholarship from the organization, which offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger, who have completed significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature and music.

Wu studied patterns of sequential prime numbers. His study improved current methods for gathering data on prime number patterns, which could have an impact on cryptography and cybersecurity.

Wu is a rising freshman at MIT and a 2018 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School.

Brixi received a $10,000 award for his project, Innovative Optimization of Ready to Use Food for Acute Malnutrition Treatment. Brixi’s project researched the cost-effectiveness of malnutrition treatment and prevention with the hope that more children can be saved from starvation. The study included the creation of formulae that can be provided to different localities to promote local agriculture through local production of specialized nutritious food.


At Winston Churchill High School, Brixi is president of the National Honor Society, co-founder of the Science Bowl Club and president of the Biology Club.

Montgomery College Offices Back Online

Several offices at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus are back to regular operations after flooding in July.


The college announced this week that several offices had moved back into the Counseling and Advising Building, which was temporarily closed after the flooding on July 21.

The re-opened offices include the Office of Public Safety, Counseling & Advising, Disability Support Services, and Student Employment Services.

Two offices that were impacted in the Campus Center building were also reopened: the Office of Student Life and the Center for Women Veterans.

Officer Dan Riddle and the Commander of the 5th District, Captain Mark Plazinski, after Riddle was honored as School Resource Officer of the Year. Credit: Montgomery County Police.

Montgomery County School Resource Officer receives top honor

Officer Dan Riddle, who works at Damascus High School, received the School Resource Officer of the Year Award for the 2017-2018 school year from the Maryland Center for School Safety this week.

Riddle, a 28-year veteran of the Montgomery County Department of Police, has been the school resource officer at Damascus High School since 2005.