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  • Laya Neelakandan ‘20 has been named a 2020 Cameron Impact Scholar Finalist. Every December, 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.”
  • The McDonogh Debate team stood out at the Big Bronx Tournament in October 2019. Out of 170 speakers, Nicholas Zuga  ’20 was named 3rd speaker overall, and Dylan Wang ’22 was named 12th speaker overall. Jake Wang ’22, Valon Murthi ’22, Avinash Thakkar ’21, and Alexander Jones ‘22 finished the preliminaries with a 3-3 record. McDonogh sent three full varsity debate teams to the competition, demonstrating the growth of the program.
  • The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) invited McDonogh debate coach Daryl Burch to serve on its 2019-2020 ad hoc committee, which discusses the pedagogical impacts and implications of speech and debate events. Formed in 1925, the NSDA is the world’s largest honor society devoted to speech and debate activities.   
  • Emily Schuster '20 was one of seven girls who represented the United States in the Under 17 age-bracket at the 2019 Dunlop British Junior Open squash tournament January 2-6 in Birmingham, England. The tournament featured more than 700 players from over 50 countries.
  • The Summer 2017 issue of McDonogh Magazine earned a silver award for the cover design in the 2018 InspirED School Marketers Brilliance Awards. One judge commented, "I love how this cleverly cropped photo draws you [in]and asks to investigate further. The colors and the clean masthead are the icing on the cake." 
  • Congratulations to McDonogh Girls Socer Coach Harry Canellakis who was named the 2018 All-Metro Girls Soccer co-Coach of the Year by Baltimore Sun. In his 10 seasons at McDonogh, Canellakis has won seven IAAM A championships. He has also been named United Soccer Coaches Private/Parochial Girl's High School Region Coach of the Year. He will be presented with the award in January 2019.
  • McDonogh's Middle School FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics team: Gavin D., Leo D., Max F., Zarina H., Caitlin R., and Joanna T. were the overall champs in a recent qualifying match, with their research project on using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to diagnose astronauts’ medical issues in space! In addition, the team was nominated for the Global Innovation Award. Next, the team will submit a video about their project for the global award and will begin preparation for the state competition.
  • Alastair Cho '19 won the US Open Junior Squash Championships Boys Under 19 Consol Finals in December 2018.
  • Oletha DeVane of the Upper School Art Department will be presented with the Creative Alliance Honoree Award at the organization's annual Marquee Ball in April. This exceptional award is given to only the most dedicated artists who have made a significant contribution to the arts and arts education in the Baltimore region. 
  • Lower and Middle Schol World Language teacher Fangfang Ma officially became an American citizen in December 2018. Congratulations!