A screenshot of a video produced by Gaithersburg High School students Credit: Via Gandhi Brigade Youth Media

Gaithersburg High students are taking their school’s reputation into their own hands.

Concerned about negative perceptions of their school, the teens have created a video campaign and organized kindness activities to promote a different image.

In the two videos, the students talk about how they “pay it forward” and practice generosity.

“I just make friends with anyone that seems like they need a friend,” one student says.

Another says he tries to “spread positivity the best I can, whether it’s holding a door for someone or trying to make them smile.”

The effort—called the “Trojan Experience” in a nod to the school’s mascot—is funded by the Jim & Carol Trawick Foundation and supported by Gaithersburg High, Identity Inc., NAMI Montgomery County and the Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, according to a press release. Students who are peer leaders in Sources of Strength, a national suicide prevention program, launched the campaign, the release stated.

“The positivity being shared by our students is contagious,” Principal Christine Handy said in a prepared statement. “Our hope is that our efforts continue to create an environment that fosters social and emotional learning that support our academic activities.”

The student videos are available to watch online here and here.

B-CC to hold panel discussion on journalism

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on Feb. 13 will host a panel of reporters from The Washington Post, NPR and Yahoo for a discussion about the state of journalism.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at B-CC at 4301 East West Highway in Bethesda. Attendance costs $10 per person if paid in advance or $15 at the door.

The panelists include Post reporters Dana Milbank, Greg Miller and Whitney Shefte, Kimberly Adams of Marketplace, Michael Isikoff of Yahoo, Elisa Muñoz of the International Women’s Media Foundation and Terence Samuel of NPR.

More information is available online.

Einstein student wins high school art contest

A student from Albert Einstein High School in Kensington took first place in this year’s high school art show sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.


The student, Karis Lee, won for a piece called “Renewal.” Amanda Fischer of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg was second with her piece, “Beneath the Brave.” Sadie McBride, also of Quince Orchard, came in third with “Goodnight Fall,” according to a news release.

Students from 17 high schools across Montgomery County Public Schools participated in the JHU art show, which is in its 12th year, the release stated.

The students’ work is on display through March 16 at the campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public at 9605 Medical Center Drive in Rockville.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.