MoCo students share concerns with County Council at Youth Summit

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SILVER SPRING — In a room full of Montgomery middle-school and high-school students, Hailey Gordon, 15, a sophomore at Watkins Mill High School, said she is frustrated with her teachers. 

“It just frustrates me a lot because what I want to do, people make it seem like it’s not really possible,” said Gordon. “I just want to make art and sell it to people, but I’m always like, told that’s it kind of like you’re going to want another plan because that’s probably not going to work [well] for you or not going to work at all,” Gordon said when asked what makes her frustrated in school.

Montgomery County Department of Recreation hosted its fifth annual Youth Summit at the Silver Spring Civic Center for middle- and high-school students to share their experiences, complaints, and concerns with County Council members and other local officials during a town hall-style meeting. One by one, students from different schools, ages, and backgrounds discussed what was troubling them. Issues ranging from bullying and underqualified teachers to cafeteria options were all discussed by the students.


Watkins Mill Wolverines stun Blake Bengals 20-13

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WM Wolverines vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING — The Watkins Mill Wolverines knew just what they needed to do: come into Bengal Field Friday, ruin Blake’s Senior Night, close out the regular season with a win and hope for a playoff berth.

Mission accomplished.

The scrappy Wolverines took advantage of a stalled Blake offense and sent the Bengals into the postseason with a 20-13 loss.

In fact, the Blake offense didn’t score until the third quarter as the Watkins Mill defense forced a first half shutout.


Blue Devils win Watkins Mills Passing League Tournament

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GAITHERSBURG – Members of the Springbrook Blue Devils varsity football team, coming off a 1-9 fall football season, won the 2017 first annual XPro Upper County Classic 7 on 7 Passing League Tournament as the four-round single elimination bracket was a chance to showcase local talent and had a family feel at Watkins Mills High School on Saturday.

The finals had the Blue Devils dismantle the Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles, 23-6, on the strong play of Blue Devils quarterback Trevon Ruffin. The stars of the Blue Devils squad were senior quarterback/ tight end Markell McDaniel and Ruffin. McDaniel and Ruffin were in a heated quarterback duel where both players saw action. Ruffin threw three touchdowns in the final round, including a beautiful one-handed leaping touchdown completion to senior wide receiver Moses Kamara. 

“It feels great,” said Ruffin. It feels great to win a championship … I want to give a shout-out to my senior receiver Moses Kamara for making that clutch play.” 


County runners fare well in Jim Vollmer meet

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xJim Vollmer Invite Track - JSean WilliamsSeneca Valley’s J'Sean Williams ran an 11.32 on the preliminaries and a personal record of 11.02 in the finals to take first place in the 100m run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Local track and field athletes won several events and placed in others, including relays, sprints, distance and jumps at the second annual Jim Vollmer Invitational Saturday, which was hosted by Watkins Mill High School.

Members of the Quince Orchard girls 4x200 meter relay team won first place in the event but said the finish was so close they didn’t realize they had won. The Cougars finished the race in 1:47.83 minutes, just five-hundredths of a second ahead of Frederick High School (1:47.88 minutes).

“I didn’t think we won at first, so I was shocked,” said anchor leg Kyra Lyles, a freshman. “I thought she (Frederick’s anchor) leaned but she didn’t.”


Center Stage: An in-depth talk with Watkins Mill's Scott Tarzwell

GAITHERSBURG – Watkins Mill High School Theater’s “The Laramie Project” closed Saturday after a run in which students portrayed the stories about a tragic, real-life murder in Wyoming.

They told the dramatic story of a gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and killed in the small town of Laramie, Wyo. in 1998, before most of the Watkins Mill students were born.

The play is a series of vignettes based on hundreds of interviews following the murder, exploring the culture of the town and the nature of the murder, which was denounced as a hate crime.

Scott Tarzwell, one of the two theater directors at Watkins Mill offered his perspective on directing high school students for a play with mature themes.

“I like this play because it’s a true story, it’s about real people, and I like that it’s not a simple plot: it’s little vignettes,” said Tarzwell.


Watkins Mill and Gaithersburg students join protest movement

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Gaithersburg and WM protest 2Watkins Mill students, including sophomore Charisse Warfield (front, left), walk down Montgomery Village Ave. on their way toward Lakeforest Mall during their protest. Warfield said people called her and her friends racial slurs in the days immediately following the election. PHOTO BY KATHLEEN STUBBS  

GAITHERSBURG – Dozens of students from two high schools met last Friday at Lakeforest Mall to protest Donald Trump’s election, despite Montgomery County Public Schools’ superintendent asking them to stay in class. 

Watkins Mill students left campus at 9:10 a.m.

They followed directions of police officers on campus and walked on Apple Ridge Road, then Montgomery Village Avenue, police following them along the way.

They carried “Students against racism,” and “No hate, no racism no Trump” signs and intermittently chanted “not our president.”

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