School Notes: Local Students Attend Anti-Kavanaugh rally in D.C.

School Notes: Local Students Attend Anti-Kavanaugh rally in D.C.

Plus: Division I sports comes to Montgomery College; Giant launches annual school rewards program

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A few members of the group MoCo Students for Change attended a rally on Capitol Hill last week to protest the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

“People across this country both young and old are taking back their rightful place as the makers of change in this country,” said co-president Michael Solomon, a junior at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, who spoke at the rally. “We’re here to continue that streak, and to make sure that a man who will surely bring a lifetime of injustice and immorality to our nation’s leadership does not become a Supreme Court justice.”

Also attending the rally, sponsored by the progressive grassroots organization MoveOn, were MoCo Students for Change co-president Dani Miller, a senior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, and Nate Tinbite, a junior at John F. Kennedy High School in Rockville.

 He later tweeted a video of the rally:

 The Senate Judiciary committee is scheduled to vote on the Kavanaugh nomination Thursday, with a full Senate vote scheduled to take place Sept. 24. This follows four days of nomination hearings last week.

Montgomery College sports teams categorized as Division I and Division II

Three Montgomery College athletic teams will participate at the Division I level of the National Junior College Athletic Association this fall.

The college’s women’s soccer team as well as the women’s and men’s track and field teams are those that will become Division I, while the volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball teams will be elevated to Division .Previously the teams were classified as Division III, and were not allowed to offer athletic scholarships.

“The student-athletes are excited. They want to compete with the best teams in the region and in the nation,” Montgomery College Athletics Coordinator Tarlouh Gasque said in a press release. “It’s also an exciting time for future Raptors in our local high schools looking to compete in the top tiers of collegiate sports.”

Both Division I and II sports may grant $250 in scholarship money to players for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, according to the NJCAA, and some Division I sports may grant full scholarships as well. But each sport has a scholarship limit.

Giant launches school rewards program

Giant has launched its annual A+ School Rewards Program, which allows customers to support schools throughout the Washington, D.C., area, including Montgomery County Public Schools, through purchases made at local grocery stores. The funds from the program have been used to pay for textbook and technology upgrades, field trips, playground repairs and scholarships. The program has raised $36 million since it began in 2000.

“For nearly 30 years we have worked hand in hand with our customers to support our local schools, delivering substantial resources that add value to the educational experience in our communities,” Giant President Gordon Reid said in a press release.

Customers can register their loyalty bonus cards at and designate two schools that will earn money from Giant based on customers’ purchases.

Maryland Hispanic Gala chooses attendees

The Maryland Hispanic Gala’s organizing committee has chosen 55 Maryland college students to attend the event, which is being held Thursday evening at The Fillmore in Silver Spring. The annual event raises money for low-income Latino students and others from Mexico, Central and South America.

“The scholarship committee carefully reviewed this year’s applications and we have selected a group of smart and talented students that reflect the rich demographic mix we have in the State of Maryland,” Myriam Torrico, the Maryland Hispanic Gala Scholarship Committee chair, said in a press release.

There are 13 colleges and universities represented among the 55 students selected this year. More than 20 of the students attend Montgomery College.

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