Local teen to meet with national leaders
July 14, 2004

Springbrook High School student Christian Gogol of Silver Spring has been selected to participate in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., which began July 5 and will last through Thursday.

Gogol will be one of approximately 350 high school students from across the nation to attend the leadership development program.

At the conference, he will meet with a variety of personnel from the three branches of government, the news media and the international community. Leadership skill-building activities and simulations will also be a part of conference activities including a role-play activity titled "If I Were President" in which students will act as if they were the president and cabinet members responding to an international crisis.

Teens take top honors

at Maryland Envirothon

A team of five Montgomery Blair High School students won the 14th annual Maryland Envirothon June 25.

The team competed against high school students from 17 counties across the state in the three-day environmental science competition held at Mount Saint Mary's University and Seminary in Emmitsburg. Competitors had to identify and categorize living resources, perform soil surveys and solve other complex natural resource issues.

As winners, team members Macia Choi, Emily Tsui, Eric Ma, Kevin Kahn and Sherri Geng will go on to represent the state at the Canon Envirothon national competition slated for July 26 through Aug. 1 at Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va.

The Chaney Foundation Scholarship Program awarded the Blair team members with scholarships as well.

Blair student selected for Chemistry Olympiad team

Emily Tsui, a 2004 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School, has been selected to represent the United States in the 36th annual International Chemistry Olympiad in Kiel, Germany.

Tsui will compete in a team with three other U.S. high school students against students from 60 other countries. Tsui and her teammates were selected from more than 10,000 applicants nationwide.

Tsui, who is interested in conservation, plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also was on the five-member Blair team that won the 14th annual Maryland Envirothon, an environmental science competition, June 25.

Edison students win medal in SkillsUSA Championship

A team of Thomas Edison High School of Technology students was awarded a bronze medal June 25 in the Health Knowledge Bowl of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

The knowledge bowl was one competition among 77 in the SkillsUSA conference, a technical, skilled and service occupation conference held every year by volunteering industry organizations.

The Edison national winners are Alice Johnson, Adrienne Smith, Lucy Weru and Saurabh Mahajan.