From BCPS to the White House


Cheasapeake High GEM Club students visited the White House during their annual trip. 

Perhaps the iconic white columns in the photo’s background gave the location away.

Another clue: The presence of two Portuguese water dogs named Sunny and Bo.

The Chesapeake High GEM Club visited the White House Dec. 1 as part of the program’s annual holiday trip. While in Washington, the students took part in a White House tour, visited museums and monuments, and even took in The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre.

The Chesapeake students were just some of the Team BCPS high school students that had the opportunity to visit the White House and Washington in the last week, taking advantage of Baltimore County’s close proximity to the nation’s capital for educational experiences outside the classroom.

Chesapeake High GEM Club

At Chesapeake High, the GEM program empowers high school girls from the Essex community by providing opportunities and growth experiences that will enable them to become independent, self-sufficient, and confident young women.

After being nominated by a teacher, girls can apply for the club during their freshman year. Each year, 13 girls are accepted into the program and continue in the program through graduation. Program director Summer O’Malley Seal said the students take an educational trip each year.

One of this year’s keepsakes will be the group photo taken in front of the White House, where they had the opportunity to tour where the president lives and does business. Sunny and Bo, the Obama family’s beloved pets, are front and center.

Patapsco High School Center for the Arts

Three Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts students participated in the White House Tech Jam Dec. 7.

The students, Jordan Branch, Akeal Evans and Jordan Manno, were accompanied by 2014 National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb. The three students, all juniors, are members of Patapsco’s Patriots Lead mentoring program, which focuses on developing leadership skills.

The Tech Jam was first held in Dec. 2015 as a way to collaboratively engage students, educators, and developers in computer science experiences. At this year’s Tech Jam, the students met developers working to create more effective learning assessments. They also got to share their views with senior White House education advisers and White House Associate Communications Director Hallie Ruvin.

Randallstown High

Randallstown High Academy of Health Professions students participated in a White House tour Dec. 1 and were inspired by a guest speaker.

Dr. Marvin Carr spoke to the students during the trip. Carr previously served as Policy Advisor for STEM Education, Innovation and Diversity in the White House Office of Science and Technology.

His professional background made him a perfect choice for the students on the trip. Academy of Health Professions students at Randallstown High are preparing for careers in health care.

The Academy of Health Professions provides students with project and problem-based learning, clinical and internship experiences, and classroom and lab instruction related to the field of health care.


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