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MC+MCPS=MC2: Middle College Program (MC2) Lets Students Earn an Associate’s Degree While in High School

MC+MCPS=MC2: Middle College Program (MC2) Lets Students Earn an Associate’s Degree While in High School

When Northwood High School’s Dominique Desmarattes crosses the stage at DAR Constitution Hall on June 6, she will finish a storied high school career. Her senior-year accomplishments include running cross-country and track, garnering Homecoming Queen honors from her fellow students—and earning a degree from Montgomery College. Desmarattes and six other Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) […]

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Sweet Dream

Sweet Dream

Sarah Dwyer left a corporate career to build a business that makes her smile. It makes her customers—and her team—smile, too. For Sarah Dwyer ’06 life isn’t like a box of chocolates. It’s thousands of boxes of chocolates a year, each morsel made by hand following her recipes, her dream, and a commitment to giving […]

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Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Dennis Beach ’91 transforms plywood, epoxy, and paint into geometric sculptures, paintings, and kinetic designs that echo natural forms and phenomena. His sculpture, “Drift #24,” for example, evokes sound waves or ocean waves in its symmetrical undulations. “Flow,” a kinetic sculpture, suspended above gallery-goers, features moving water inside a tubular acrylic pipe. “Bump #4,” a […]

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Alicia Carroll: Travel Nurse Thrill Seeker

Alicia Carroll: Travel Nurse Thrill Seeker

Alicia Carroll ’07 travels light. When she moved to South Carolina in February for a position in the neurotrauma ICU at Greenville Memorial Hospital, she fit everything into her Subaru Crosstrek and rooftop carrier. As a travel nurse, Carroll works under 13-week contracts at hospitals around the country. She works with a recruiter and chooses […]

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Awesome Awasom

Awesome Awasom

Lumnwi Audrey Awasom, 21, always wanted to do something big for the community. During her sophomore year at MC, she co-founded the One Heart Project, a community service project supported by MC-Enactus that already helped more than 50 homeless women with career and job readiness skills. During her last semester at the University of Maryland’s […]

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From Medic to LPN: Program’s First Active-Duty Soldier Graduates

From Medic to LPN: Program’s First Active-Duty Soldier Graduates

When Sukwon Koh ’18 left South Korea to study as an international student in 2004, he had no plans to re-enter military service. He was a sophomore at Emory University when he returned to his home country to fulfill his obligation; in South Korea, three years of military service is mandatory for all adult males […]

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Latitude Adjustment: Alumna Has Healthy Outlook on Her New Life in America

Latitude Adjustment: Alumna Has Healthy Outlook on Her New Life in America

She brought one suitcase with her from Bulgaria. After the 12-hour flight from Istanbul via Amsterdam, she was nervous and excited to start her new life. Beside her was her fiancé, Behrang, an American she had met in Istanbul two years earlier. She did not speak any English, though she knew Russian, Bulgarian, Turkish, and […]

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Speaking of Fluency: Language Skills in High Demand

Speaking of Fluency: Language Skills in High Demand

“People were lined up for hours,” says Kenia Avendano-Garro ’10, who was the sole American and only female in her Japanese university’s manga club (Japanese comics). When she heard about the club’s part in an annual fall cultural festival, she volunteered to help. On the day, she drew manga-style portraits of people who came to […]

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Amateur Astronomer Describes an Experience Eclipsing All Others

Amateur Astronomer Describes an Experience Eclipsing All Others

MC professors encourage students to be lifelong learners and to reach for the stars when setting goals. David Matheny ’16 took that advice to heart when he organized a group of students from Roanoke College, along with Carlos Iraheta ’17 and Daniel Matheny ’18, to participate in events for the recent solar eclipse. On August […]

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Radical DepARTure: Pen & Ink Artist Leaves Programming Behind

Radical DepARTure: Pen & Ink Artist Leaves Programming Behind

  Derrick Douglass ’11 wants to hold moments in time so he—and anyone else—can examine them more closely. Rather than use photography, the computer programmer-turned-graphic designer/web designer/web developer does this by putting pen to paper. His pen-and-ink pieces are so intricate they almost startle. Through busy linear forms—patterns of swirls, arcs, angles, dots—he creates a […]

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