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Photo | Katie Czworka Class of 2018 seniors from Quince Orchard High School pose for a photo before departing for the prom, held on May 11 at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center, University of Maryland-College Park.

Photo | Katie Czworka
Class of 2018 seniors from Quince Orchard High School pose for a photo before departing for the prom, held on May 11 at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center, University of Maryland-College Park.

New QO Principal Announced

Elizabeth L. Thomas will be the new principal of Quince Orchard High School, effective July 1. Thomas has more than 23 years of experience in education. In addition to five years as a classroom teacher at Sligo Middle School and seven years as principal of Kingsview Middle School, Thomas has most recently served as a director of school support and improvement of middle schools, Office of School Support and Improvement.

QO Fifth Best High School in the State

According to U.S. News & World Report, Quince Orchard High School is the fifth best public school in the state. Maryland is home to 200 public high schools.

Schools are ranked based on test scores and college preparation. QO’s AP participation rate is 91 percent.
Nationally, QO is ranked 243 out of 28,813 public high schools and earned a gold medal from U.S. News.

Marching Band Yard Sale on Saturday

The Quince Orchard High School Marching Band yard sale fundraiser is Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. to noon. This is a great time to find new-to-you treasures. You can also do some spring cleaning and donate items you don’t need to the yard sale. Donations may be dropped off at the QO front door driveway between 7 and 8 a.m., and tax receipts are available.

RCES Student Wins ‘If I Were Mayor’ Contest

Each year the Maryland Municipal League (MML), in partnership with the Maryland Mayors’ Association and the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company, hosts the “If I Were Mayor…” essay contest for fourth-grade students throughout the state of Maryland. This year students were asked to share their concepts on leadership and collaboration.

More than 3,100 essays were received by MML, and winners and finalists were selected from each of the association’s 11 districts. District 5 encompasses the City of Gaithersburg.

Gaithersburg resident Nick Griffith was named the District 5 winner. He is a student in Ms. Susan Gent’s fourth-grade class at Rachel Carson Elementary School (RCES). In his essay, Nick said that if he were mayor, he would “… recommend that to prevent bullying from happening, teachers everyday should gather the class around to talk about bullying. The teacher could ask all the children if anyone is being bullied. This will then encourage kids not to bully others, because if they do, they would be called out.”

Nick will read his essay at the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. His essay is available at

LPMS Students Win Writing Contest

Lakelands Park Middle School (LPMS) students Angelina Silva and Ansh Patel are winners in the Mosaic: Celebrating Diversity through Creative Writing contest. Held in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Libraries, Mosaic is an annual language arts program for middle school students that highlights creative talent and cultural identity. An award ceremony and reception will be held Wednesday, May 23 at the Arts Barn.

First Ever QO/RCES Senior Send-Off Planned

Former Blue Herons graduating from Quince Orchard High School this month are invited back to their alma mater on Friday, May 25. Seniors are invited to come at 1:30 p.m. dressed in caps and gowns to walk the halls of Rachel Carson Elementary School one last time. A ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. inside the school. For more information, contact Kim Skimmons at

Local High School Graduations Set

The Cougar Class of 2018 will graduate on Wednesday, May 30, 10 a.m. at DAR Constitution Hall.

Ken Niumatalolo, head football coach at US Naval Academy, will speak.

The Jaguar Class of 2018 will graduate on Wednesday, June 6, 1:30 p.m. at the Xfinity Center. Ryan Acosta-Fox, classroom teacher, will speak.

2018 Cougar Classic Planned

The 14th Annual Cougar Golf Classic on Friday, June 22 at Little Bennett Golf Course in Clarksburg raises funds for student athletes and the Quince Orchard High School football program. The event features a complimentary lunch, adult beverages, a goodie bag, and various promotions throughout the day, including closest to the pin and longest drive contests. For more information, visit