Kudos - Media Hub - McDonogh School


Congratulations are in order! Kudos is the place to find exciting news about our current students, faculty, and staff. If you have an accomplishment to share, send a message (and high-resolution photo if you have one) to Laura Brown at lbrown@mcdonogh.org.

  • Spirit '27 and Kali Rahman '26 were recently featured on WMAR and NPR about their entrepreneurial venture, StockUpKids, which teaches financial literacy to children. Watch the WMAR story.
  • Congratulations to Erika Seth Davies on her article "How the finance industry can combat racism" that was recently published in the online edition of Fortune.
  • McDonogh School has been awarded a chapter of the national Computer Science Honor Society by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Led by Faculty Advisor Joe Thompson, US Computer Science teacher, the McDonogh CS Honor Society will encourage and honor those who take the discipline to heart, providing recognition and opportunities within a culture of inclusion and outreach. 
  • Alice Margraff, Director of College Counseling, has been named a Delegate for the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), a regional branch within the national organization (NACAC). 
  • Samuel Mumford '20 has been named one of 24 finalists in the Ron Brown Scholar Program competition, which provides financial assistance to outstanding African American students. The scholarship offers $10,000 a year for four years for educational expenses. Sam was selected out of more than 4,000 applicants based on academic credentials, leadership, and commitment to community service.
  • Meghan Lee '20 was named IAAM Athlete of the Week in February 2020. Meghan is one of the most highly decorated swimmers in McDonogh's history by being in the program's all-time top-10 finishers in nine of a possible 11 swimming events. Included are two IAAM individual school records (100 fly and 100 back) and second in the 200 individual medley only to All American and Ivy League Swimmer of the Year Geordie Enoch (Harvard). Meghan is also part of two school record relays (200 medley and 400 freestyle). Both are also IAAM records.
  • Brandon Quaranta was awarded the National Merit Award as the Boys Soccer Head Coach of the Year by National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association in January 2020. In December 2019, Brandon was named The Baltimore Sun’s All Metro Boys Soccer Coach of the year.
  • US computer science students have been working hard to publish apps on Google Play Store. As of January 2020, five apps created by McDonogh students have been published, including a Dungeons and Dragons app by Alex Sung '20; Volleyball Team app by Natalie Sung '21; Debate app by Avinash Thakkar '21; Dice game by Josh Spector '21; and Quadratic Calculator app by Cooper Flynn '21.
  • With the help of their older sister, Shivi, Sonali and Sohan Gunawardane '21 raised more than $1,000 making and selling bracelets to support the victims of the Easter 2019 bomb disaster in Sri Lanka. Read more about their efforts here. 
  • Debate team seniors Nicholas Zuga '20 and Dylan Wang '20 were crowned champions of the Lexington Winter Invitational in January 2020. Zuga was named the 4th best speaker at the tournament, and Wang was named 15th best speaker at the tournament individually. With that win the McDonogh Debate team is now listed as the number 8 team in the United States according to the Baker Polls.
  • Joe Thompson is helping students apply for computer science internships for the summer of 2020. Natalie Sung '21  is among the first to accept a paid internship with Lockheed Martin.
  • Laya Neelakandan ‘20 was named a 2020 Cameron Impact Scholar Finalist in December 2019. Each year, the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation chooses 10-15 high school seniors for this honor. The four-year, full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarship is awarded to “exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.”