Six MCPS Students Win Medals at National ACT-SO Competition

Six MCPS students received medals at the national Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition in July. ACT-SO is a high school initiative sponsored by the NAACP to promote and encourage academic and artistic excellence. MCPS ACT-SO students received more than $50,000 in scholarships.

The 2022 medalists are:

  •   Consuela Watts, Vocal Contemporary, Gold Medal, Northwood HS
  •   Daniella Gonyoe, Delta Airlines Challenge, Silver Medal, Northwest HS
  •   Donovan Holt-Harrington, Instrumental Classical, Silver Medal, Seneca Valley HS
  •   Jeanne Lubika, Dramatics, Silver Medal, Clarksburg HS
  •   George Obongo, Delta Airlines Challenge, Silver Medal, Northwest HS
  •   Marcus Ross, Delta Airlines Challenge, Silver Medal, James Hubert Blake HS

Four rising college freshmen will receive $10,000 each from the Lancôme Write Her Future Scholarship:

  •   Bianca Calá, Northwest High School graduate who will attend State University of New York Purchase College Conservatory of Dance
  •   Jeanne Lubika, Clarksburg High School graduate who will attend The Juilliard School
  •   Obaahemaa Mensah, Paint Branch High School graduate who will attend The George Washington University
  •   Natalie Payne, Springbrook High School graduate who will attend Brown University

The NAACP Montgomery County branch of ACT-SO also awarded gold medals to eight other students for their commitment to academic and artistic excellence:

  •   Selamawit Asmare, Traditional Dance, Local Gold, James Hubert Blake HS
  •   Logan Byrd, Ballet, Local Gold, Northwood HS
  •   Bianca Calá, Contemporary Dance, Local Gold, Northwest HS
  •   Eugene Carson, Sustainable Building Team, Local Gold, Wheaton HS/Edison HS
  •   Tenin Dembele, Written Poetry, Local Gold, Northwest HS
  •   Tenin Dembele, Poetry Performance, Local Gold, Northwest HS
  •   Camille Kindrell Cobb, Sustainable Building Team, Local Gold, Walter Johnson HS/Edison HS
  •   Fasil Tefera, Sustainable Building Team, Local Gold, Wheaton HS/Edison HS

Featured photo courtesy of Julie Yang

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

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