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All Means All

MCPS celebrates its diversity while being committed to ensuring that every student has access to the opportunities and resources needed to be successful in their futures. Superintendent of Schools Jack Smith has stated that “we will celebrate diversity and a commitment to equity making sure that All Means All when it comes to equity and excellence in learning, progress, achievement and opportunity.” This year’s contest, United We Learn: All Means All, challenged students to think critically about what equity means and how attitudes, traditions, systemic practices and/or legal matters impeded or supported the concept that “All Means All.” This contest is directly aligned with our core values of Learning, Respect, Relationships, Equity and Excellence.

The district launched this contest in 2017 with a goal of providing students with a creative, structured opportunity to explore topical issues and learn about the values of respect, diversity and civility. Submissions, which were judged by level and by medium, were created by groups of two students or more.

This year’s winners are:

Visual Arts

Elementary School

First Place
Together We Learn
Giada Ferro, Abi Kizza and Kaden Wells
Rachel Carson Elementary School

Second Place
All Means All: Equity, Equality, Diversity
Finn Perez and Lian Umberger
Oakland Terrace Elementary School

Third Place
Different But The Same: Together We Learn!
Federica Albanese, Spencer Cole and Sarah Waldman
Bethesda Elementary School

Middle School

First Place
All Means All For Everyone!
Joa Basembe, Natalie TenEyck, and Diego Tyner
Gaithersburg Middle School

Second Place
We All Have The Same Roots
Irene Moldes Durano and Gianna Warner
Hallie Wells Middle School

Third Place
All Means All
Devin Cedillos, Jr., Curtis Gravesande, Daniel Singletary and Maya Vargas
Gaithersburg Middle School

High School

First Place
Evolution of Humanity
Nicholas Asante, Dev Desai, Nicholas Olano, Matthew Wong and Tony Wu
Richard Montgomery High School

Second Place
The Great Equalizer
Jonathan X. Cruz, Hung Lai, Martino Ruggeri, Jasson Villanueva Castro and Daniel Williams
Richard Montgomery High School

Third Place
Coming Together
Olivia Blucker, Julia Craig, Caia Gelli, Maximilian Leder and Joy Ware
Richard Montgomery High School

Written

Elementary School

First Place
True Colors
Edie Castano and Lily Scheckner
Piney Branch Elementary School and Rock Creek Forest Elementary School

Second Place
United We Learn: All Means All
Hadrian Tiu and Sophia Tuason
Clarksburg Elementary School

Third Place
Equity, Equality, Diversity
Nicholas Corrado and Luca Petroni
Oakland Terrace Elementary School

Middle School

First Place
Colors
Francesca Venditti and Kara Venditti
Eastern Middle School

Second Place
Now I’m All
Courtney Kim and Pragya Kumar
Hallie Wells Middle School

Third Place
We Are All In This Together
Michael Asiem, Suriel Biyo, Cole Hickman, Ramzy Kironda, Mekhi Mitchell and Nicholas Randolph
Hallie Wells Middle School

Written

High School

First Place
Color Theory: A Lesson
Tina Xia  and Kevin Xia
Walt Whitman High School and Carderock Springs Elementary School

Contest winners will have their works published, printed and/or broadcast through MCPS media platforms. The top winners in each category and at each level will receive a prize.

Contest Rules:

  • To be eligible, all members of the team must be enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools.
  • Entries must be an original product.
  • Entries must be created groups of two to eight students.
  • Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 16, 2018. Written entries must be submitted via the online submission form. Visual arts entries may be dropped off at the Public Information Office, 850 Hungerford Dr., Room 137, Rockville, MD 20850, or in the main office of the students’ school. Students must include their names, grade levels and school name on the back of the entry.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel comprised of representatives from Montgomery County Public Schools and the participating partner organizations.

See the full contest rules here 

More Information

Contact the MCPS Public Information Office by sending and email to pio@mcpsmd.org.

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