Jada Iwuoah, a 2022 graduate of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, earned a national gold medal for sculpture, and Jada McAliley, a Grade 11 student at Carver Center, earned national bronze medals in photography and drawing, in the National NAACP ACT-SO competition.

Cyrah Barrows-Dear, a Grade 5 student at Church Lane Elementary Technology School, represented Maryland in the 2022 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games in Greensboro, NC.

Max Kumar Abubucker of Towson High School, Noah W. Duncan of Eastern Technical High School, and Alexis C. Russell of Dulaney High School were named semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Cyrah Barrows-Dear


Awards were presented to 24 Baltimore County Public Schools’ middle school students during a June reception for the 2022 BCPS Middle School Juried Art Exhibition. The three Best in Show winners were Carlos Diaz-Roque, Grade 6, Lansdowne Middle School; Michelle Wang, Grade 7, Ridgely Middle School; and Rodshi Bari, Grade 8, Sudbrook Magnet Middle School.

Ivy McKnight, a Grade 8 student at Cockeysville Middle School, won first place, and Lucy Bray, a Grade 8 student at Dumbarton Middle School, took third place in the Under 21 category of the Baltimore County Public Library’s Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest.

Ivy McKnight and Lucy Bray

In the under 21 category:

  • Ivy McKnight, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Cockeysville Middle School, won first place for “Dead Space,” a sci-fi horror story set on a space station on the moon.
  • Sophia Kantsevoy, a 14-year-old Baltimore student at The Bryn Mawr School, earned second place for “Lunatine Lane,” a story of a house flip gone wrong.
  • Lucy Bray of Baltimore, an eighth grader at Dumbarton Middle School, took third place for “House of the Impathegens,” about an alien invasion on Halloween night.

The foundation held its first Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest in 2016, inspired by the 1816 ghost story challenge that led to the creation of Frankenstein’s monster and the first modern vampire story.

In the over 21 category:

Gary R. Beard of Timonium took third place for “Nowhere to Hide,” about a man looking for love but instead faced with his worst fear.

    Winners of this category received VIP tickets to A Toast Among Ghosts, the foundation’s annual festival. Winners will be invited to read their winning stories next to the fire pit at the festival.

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