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Council to recognize Councilmember for a Day applicants on Oct. 20

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Councilmember Craig Rice developed the Councilmember for a Day challenge to give students the opportunity to learn about local government, public policy and leadership

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 14, 2020—Councilmember Craig Rice will air a special video at the Council meeting on Oct. 20 to recognize the 2020 Councilmember for a Day applicants. The Council will also hear from former Northwest High School student Adjo Evonlah, who was last year’s Councilmember for a Day winner.

Councilmember Rice, who chairs the Council’s Education and Culture Committee, developed the Councilmember for a Day challenge as a way for young people to become engaged in public policy issues, learn about local government and become more involved with the community. This is the fifth consecutive year for the Councilmember for a Day challenge.

Councilmember Rice chose to recognize all applicants this year for going above and beyond in their civic engagement and submitting their essays amid many challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each applicant received a Council certificate and a gift card.

The applicants this year included: Divya Bhat from Northwest High School; Lauren Campano from Richard Montgomery High School; Ann Marie Cole from Paint Branch High School; Angelo Di Bari from Hallie Wells Middle School; Nicholas DiSpirito from Richard Montgomery High School; Alan Gutierrez from Paint Branch High School; Osamudiamen Ighile from Paint Branch High School; Pranavi Kamana from Rocky Hill Middle School; Arvin Kim from Walt Whitman High School; Samuel Li from Thomas Wootton High School; Nancy Mvogo from Richard Montgomery High School; Gerald Onyedika from Richard Montgomery High School; Daniela Perez from Northwest High School; Senys Ramirez from Northwood High School; Fenley Scurlock who is homeschooled; Queen Tamakloe from Northwest High School; Andrea Tapia from James Hubert Blake High School; Jackie Tchuente from Northwest High School; and Evelyn Troy from James Hubert Blake High School.

Councilmember Rice asked middle and high school students to submit videos or written essays answering the following questions:

  • In your opinion, what is the most important public policy issue facing young people today? What suggestions do you have for national, state and local leaders to address this issue?

“The Councilmember for a Day challenge is a great way for our students to advocate for the issues they care about directly to the elected officials that serve them,” said Councilmember Rice. “I am proud of each student who applied and look forward to continue working with our young people and making strides to address the issues reflected in this year’s Councilmember for a Day challenge and beyond.”

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Release ID: 20-405
Media Contact: Daniela Moya-Geber 240-777-7955