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.


  • 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.”
  • In October 2019, the McDonogh Debate team stood out at the Big Bronx Tournament. 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, 2019, 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 The 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.
  • In 2018, 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 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. 
  • Alastair Cho '19 won the US Open Junior Squash Championships Boys Under 19 Consol Finals in December 2018.
  • Oletha DeVane of the US Art Department was with the Creative Alliance Honoree Award at the organization's annual Marquee Ball in April 2019. 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!