Winners Announced in United We Learn Contest

May 15, 2020

Winners have been selected in Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) fourth annual United We Learn student contest.

The district launched the contest in 2017 with the goal of providing students with a creative, structured opportunity to explore topical issues and learn about the values of respect, diversity and civility. This year’s contest, United We Learn: Innovative Communication Challenge, encouraged students to think about how communication affects their daily lives, and how technology can be used to enhance communication.

Elementary students were challenged to design a webpage that shares information they think is important for people to know about their school. Middle and high school students were challenged to develop an Amazon Alexa skill that shares important information about the school district.

This year’s winners are:


First Place
Maya Chaudhry and Ahana Samantray
Beverly Farms Elementary School

Second Place
Tavishi Ghosh Dastidar and Sarayu Penchala
Cold Spring Elementary School

Third Place
Renu Vijayaraj and Elizabeth Watts
Ashburton Elementary School

Middle/High School

First Place
Nelson Josue Alvarez, Matthew Chu and Nicholas Neirotti
Springbrook High School

Second Place
Ishaan Samantray and Anil Trevor
Herbert Hoover Middle School

Third Place
Ava Cress, Aurelia Smith and Allegra Unger
Silver Spring International Middle School

Honorable Mention
Eva Guimares, Jordan Levin, Naiya Nurse and Seamus Williams
Longview School

Honorable Mention
Joel Haftel and Michael Ilie
Springbrook High School and Montgomery Blair High School


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