School Notes: 138 MCPS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

School Notes: 138 MCPS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Plus: Local family named finalist for volunteerism award; School board to meet Monday evening

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138 MCPS students named National Merit semifinalists

More than 130 semifinalists from 13 county high schools were named semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship competition.

The semifinalists will compete with students from across the country for scholarships. Winners will be announced in the spring.

Semifinalists were selected from among high school juniors who were top scorers on the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the nation will be considered for advancement to the finalist stage of the competition.

The 138 Montgomery County Public Schools semifinalists are from: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Walter Johnson, Clarksburg, Northwest, Poolesville, Winston Churchill, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Thomas S. Wootton, Sherwood, Montgomery Blair, Wheaton and Walt Whitman high schools.

A list of the local students named as semifinalists can be found on the MCPS website.

Local family named finalist for volunteer award

A local family with children who attend Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda was named a finalist this week for a national award highlighting volunteerism.

Washington Episcopal School nominated the Oeltmann family — including eighth-grade student Davis, and seventh-grade student Ethan — for the award. The family has recently organized a community group to make blankets for an animal shelter, collected winter coats for homeless families, wrapped holiday boxes filled with necessities for a men’s shelter and collected trash along a local road.

The Oeltmanns were named one of 30 finalists for the Volunteer Family of the Year award, presented by Walt Disney and Points of Light.

The winning family will receive a trip to Walt Disney World Resort and the school will receive a $10,000 grant.

School board to meet Monday evening

The Montgomery County Board of Education will meet for a regularly scheduled business meeting on Monday.

The board will receive information about student learning, including data about how well students are prepared to advance to the next grade level, based on local and state test performance.

The meeting will begin with a closed session at 3 p.m. and be open to the public at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the school district’s central office in Rockville.

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