Just a few minutes tuned into the evening news, listening to KYW 1060, and/or reading the daily paper subjects us to one disturbing story after another–international, national, and local, too.
And yes, the headlines are crowded with stories about violence, bullying, sexting, dropouts, and failures in America’s schools, as well.
But not so here. The news coming out of Montgomery County’s schools is good. In fact, it’s very good.
• High schoolers from 18 local districts, including Plymouth Whitemarsh, Upper Dublin, and Germantown Academy, battled each other in Montgomery County Community College’s annual Academic Competition/Quiz Bowl. Winner Cheltenham High School goes to the state tourney in May, while the winner of that contest will go on to the nationals at Disney World in June.
• Methacton High School’s Model United Nations Club just hosted its ninth annual conference, whereby more than 200 students participated as diplomats from various nations. Their goal: figuring out the causes of the conflicts and crises in the world.
• Methacton High School’s guidance counselor, Lori Shaw, is one of only 12 high school counselors chosen to attend this summer’s annual London Preview for Guidance Counselors, hosted by Arcadia University, enabling her and the other selectees to better inform students about potential opportunities that await after graduation.
• The North Montco Technical Career Center/Wissahickon High School Robotics Team #341 participated in the New York City FIRST Robotics Regional Competition and came in first with the highest score. The team also earned the Entrepeneurship and Website Awards. Next stop: the Philadelphia FIRST Robotics Competition being held at Drexel University on March 25th.
• North Penn High School students took part in the Montgomery County Foreign Language Oral Proficiency Contest at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, competing against students from across the country. Four of them earned first place in Japanese.
• Six students from North Wales Elementary School participated in the Southeastern Pennsylvania “Odyssey of the Mind” (OM) competition held at North Penn High School. Entered in the “Nature TrailR” competition sponsored by NASA, they were required to design, build, and drive a “human powered” vehicle and camper that went on a trip. About 1,500 students from Southeastern Pennsylvania competed in the contest. A regional competition is upcoming.
• Norristown High School’s Interact Club partnered with the Norristown Rotary Club to help children in Haiti, sending them bookbags filled with school supplies and textbooks.
• Wissahickon Middle School students participated in a school-wide dodge ball tournament, raising money for the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund which helps families in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania care for their seriously ill or injured children.
• Devon Prep students performed “Hot Mikado,” which moved Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” to 1940’s New York.
• Perkiomen Valley Middle School West students put on the musical “Annie.”
• Upper Merion Area High School students presented “Bye Bye Birdie.”
Kudos to all. It simply doesn’t get any better than this.