After 529 Gaithersburg students submitted contest essays and posters in honor of the city’s Character Counts! celebration, city officials have announced the winners.
Poster submissions came in from 470 elementary and middle school students throughout the city. The 10 winners:
• Naveen Ramamurthy, second grade, Dufief Elementary School.
• Emmy Adzannur, fourth grade, Rosemont Elementary School.
• Johnson (Amani) Mbonimpa and Violeta Salcewicz-Gomez, both fourth grade, and Jasmine Echeona, fifth grade, Brown Station Elementary School.
• Todd Benowitz, fifth grade, Strawberry Knoll Elementary School.
• Annabelle Headley, Calley Mullin and Alison Van, all seventh grade, and Victoria Harvey, eighth grade, Gaithersburg Middle School.
In the essay contest, 59 entries were received. The five winners, who are all fifth-graders:
• David Goba and Caitlin Jimenez, Goshen Elementary School.
• Kimberly Amaya, Sophie Gilmore and Sean P. Nguyen, Washington Grove Elementary School.
The winners will be recognized at a public awards ceremony from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Goshen Elementary School, 8701 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg. All winning posters and essays are on display at Lakeforest mall through Feb. 28 and can be viewed online at gaithersburgmd.gov.