Fifteen MCPS seniors named National Merit Scholars

Fifteen Montgomery County students from seven high schools were recently named National Merit Scholars and received scholarships ranging in value from $500 to $10,000 per year of college.

The students are part of a group of more than 1,000 finalists chosen to receive the scholarships financed by businesses, corporations and foundations.

Winners and their probable field of study are:

Montgomery Blair High – Allison Borton, computer science; Soumith Gadila, neurology; Reethi Padmanabhan, biomedical engineering

Richard Montgomery High – Kevin Liu, undecided; Ananya Tadkonda, medicine; Emily Tian, law; Grant Yang, biology; Alice Zhu, computer science


Poolesville High – April Xu, psychology

Sherwood High – Seth Setse, computer science

Wheaton High – Meili Bowden, mechanical engineering


Quince Orchard High – Gudrun Thorkelsdottir, computer science

Thomas S. Wootton High – Andrew Jiang, psychiatry; Deepa Kori, business management; Xiwei Peng, biomedical engineering.

Silver Spring student wins art contest


Josephine Adnoh, a student at White Oak Middle School won a calendar art contest, competing with nearly 1,500 students from 41 Maryland schools.

Sponsored by the Maryland Council on Economic Education, the contest tasked competitors with visually demonstrating their understanding of economic and personal finance. Josephine’s art featured four sections highlighting “productive resources” used to make products and was selected as the November page of the 2018-2019 calendar.

About 4,000 copies of the calendar were printed and distributed to schools across the state.


Landon School outlines new technology plan

Landon School, a college preparatory school in Bethesda, announced Thursday it is rolling out a new, approach to technology in the classroom that calls for the school to adopt Microsoft Surface Pro computers in the next three years.

The plan will discontinue the current technology practice that uses a variety of devices.


During the 2019-2020 school year, students will begin to have computers supplied for them during the school day and each year more students will be included in the program.