As our students and teachers prepare to wrap up the school year, the amazing work that our students are accomplishing has not slowed down. Four of our city’s best students have been recognized nationally for their creativity, intelligence, and problem-solving skills.
Brookland Middle School’s very own Laila Holsendorff, an 8th grader, was selected as the 2018 Doodle for Google contest winner for Washington D.C. Laila is now in competition to become the 8th/9th grade national finalist. I am very proud of Laila’s success and even more excited that Laila will be attending McKinley Technology High School here in Ward 5.
India Skinner, Mikayla Sharrieff and Bria Snell 11th graders at Banneker Senior High School were recently named finalists in the NASA Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. Working with D.C.'s new Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3), the teens developed a water purification system to provide clean and pH balanced water in public school water fountains.
Laila, India, Mikayla, and Bria have represented their families and the entire city well. I applaud the faculty and staff at Banneker High School and Brookland Middle School and the dedication they display every day for their students. These young women are the future of this city, we are proud of what they have already accomplished -- and look forward to following their future accomplishments as well.
The District of Columbia has some of the best educators in the country and in honor of teacher appreciation week I want to share my gratitude for all of the amazing work they do.