State Superintendent Hanseul Kang, in partnership with the DC STEM Network, recently announced the winners of the 2019 DC Elementary STEM Fair, held earlier this month at the University of the District of Columbia-Van Ness.

Judges named first-, second- and third-place winners in 16 science, technology, engineering and math categories. All winners received ribbons and tickets to see the Washington Nationals on June 20.

“Science, technology, engineering and math give students a chance to explore and question the world around them, experience the joy of solving a challenging problem, and innovate through creativity,” Kang said. “The DC STEM Fair gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, learn from STEM experts, and network with their peers. I want to thank all the students who competed in the 2019 DC STEM Fair and all the parents, judges and volunteers who helped make the event a success.”

The full list of winners is posted on the DC STEM Network website.

Total Sunshine Cancellation

Due to a decline in contributions, Total Sunshine Inc.’s annual School Grade Rewards ceremony has been cancelled.

The event has historically supported more than 600 of D.C.’s top graduates from public and charter schools with laptop computers, tablets, scholarships and other educational items to help them prepare for college. However, this year just 10 tablets were contributed and given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

The nonprofit TSI has previously been supported with contributions and letters from D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Muriel Bowser, several city council members, and many others relevant in education.

“Our School Grade Incentive Program is unique in our supportive efforts,” said Merilyn Holmes, TSI executive director. “We are still awaiting support for the Class of 2019 top grads from anyone who wants to see these students as prepared as possible when they arrive to college. I hope someone will step in and help us support these deserving students. I will keep everyone informed of progress.”

SBOE Student Members

The DC State Board of Education announced the selection of Dayja Burton, a senior at McKinley Technology High School, and Alex O’Sullivan, a sophomore at BASIS DC Public Charter Schyool, as student representatives for the 2019-20 school year.

For the length of their term, the student representatives will join the nine elected state board members in September for policy discussions and community engagement efforts, and to bring the voice of students directly to decision-makers.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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