Lead ‘Em Up, a leadership and character program created by Watkins Mill graduate Adam Bradley, provides coaches with drills and exercises they can use to develop their players into the leaders needed to win...on and off the field.
Bradley started the program in 2015 at Watkins Mill and in just three years, it has been used by over 500 teams 10,000 + athletes throughout the country.
Lead ‘Em Up has been featured at some of the top camps and clinics nationally, including, Nike, Spalding, Glazier, PGC Basketball and the Committed Combine.
Lead ‘Em Up focuses on these 8 points:
Adam was born and raised in Montgomery County and works closely with many business owners and coaches in the county.
Kayla Smith and Chick-Fil-A Germantown are currently sponsoring the program at Clarksburg, Northwest, Seneca Valley, and Watkins Mill High Schools, while Ryan Mollet and M&M Builders are sponsoring the program at B-CC, Walter Johnson, and Walt Whitman High Schools.
MoCo schools that have used Lead ‘Em Up:
• Seneca Valley
• Watkins Mill
• Walter Johnson
• Walt Whitman
• Good Counsel
• Quince Orchard
Jeff Schattner, a Montgomery Village native and 2001 graduate of Watkins Mill High School, is the founder and CEO of Lawrence Hunt– a company that specializes in moisture wicking dress shirts that virtually eliminate sweat stains, while still maintaining the look and feel of a quality dress shirt.
In 2014, Schattner was drenched in sweat at an outdoor summer wedding. He was working in finance at the time and always hated wearing uncomfortable dress shirts. As someone who played sports their whole life, he preferred wearing dri-fit/athletic wear material. That’s when he came up with the idea to bring the two worlds together by creating a moisture wicking dress shirt that contained both fabrics.
He spent the next couple years working on prototypes and launched Lawrence Hunt in 2016. The company is named after his father’s first and middle names and is based in Detroit, MI., where Schattner has lived with his wife since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2006.
In just over two years Lawrence Hunt has made significant progress. Earlier this month the company shipped their 10,000th order and they’ve had professional athletes Sterling Shepard (New York Giants) and James McCann (Detroit Tigers) participate in photo shoots for their products.
“I love to see the growth of the performance dress shirt” Schattner told me. Though there are competitors, his company is the only one to combine two different fabrics in one shirt rather than making the entire shirt using activewear. This allows for the look and feel of a traditional dress shirt, without any of the embarrassment that may come along with sweat stains.
Schattner gets back to the area every so often. The thing he misses the most are the pools in Montgomery Village. Some of his fondest memories are the summers he spent at these pools, as a lifeguard and patron. He hopes to do a pop-up shop in the DMV in the near future.
Check out the official Lawrence Hunt website at: www.lawrencehuntfashion.com
Watkins Mill High School was evacuated this afternoon after a sprinkler in one of the hallways near the main entrance went off.
Though some believe the heat may have been the cause, the exact reason for the sprinkler going off isn’t known. The fire department was able to come and take care of the situation.
The incident occurred late in the afternoon, so it did not impact classes during the day.
Malia Zahra moved to the United States from Pakistan when she was just in middle school. She attended Redland Middle School and Magruder High School in Derwood prior to transferring to Watkins Mill High School, where she graduated from in 2015.
She has modeled for Nike, Barney’s, and Marie Claire among others. She recently completed her first international beauty campaign with CVS, where she can be found on billboards across the country. The CVS beauty ads are all photoshop-free and we’re produced by women.
In between travel for her work, Malia still lives in MoCo and takes accelerated classes at Montgomery College. She majors in communications and hopes to get into entertainment law in the future.
When she’s in town, she loves going to brunch at First Watch or Barking Mad Cafe. She also does kickboxing at iLoveKickboxing in Germantown to stay in shape.
Malia is more than willing to speak with anyone in MoCo that’s interested in pursuing a modeling career. Her advice to aspiring models is to stay focused on goals and put in hard work in everything you do.
Follow Malia on Instagram @MaliaZahra www.instagram.com/maliazahra
Students from several Montgomery County schools have walked out to memorialize the 17 people who lost their lives in Parkland on February 14th and to advocate for school safety.
Some students walked out of school and headed to the metro so they can continue their protest in Washington D.C., while others protested at assigned locations at their schools.
Below are tweets from across the county.
Have you ever wondered what any of the local high schools are named after? Some are fairly obvious and well known, but others aren’t. We decided to take a look at the 26 MCPS high schools and the origin of their names.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Named after two of the areas the school serves, the name Bethesda was taken from Jerusalem’s Pool of Bethesda. In Aramaic, Bethesda means “House of Mercy.” In Hebrew, it means “House of Kindness.”
Chevy Chase was named after the Chevy Chase Land Company, a real estate development company that was founded in 1890. At that time, they purchased land stretching from DuPont Circle to Jones Bridge Road. The name Chevy Chase is derived from the Medieval English Ballad of Chevy Chase.
Montgomery Blair High School
Montgomery Blair was a politician and lawyer from Maryland. He represented Dred Scott in the 1852 Supreme Court case that decided 7-2 against Scott, finding that neither he nor any other person of African ancestry could claim citizenship in the United States. This decision was later nullified in 1863 after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
Blair also served at Postmaster-General in the Lincoln Administration cabinet from 1861-1864 (during the Civil War).
James Hubert Blake High School
The school was originally going to be named after The Muppet Show creator and University of Maryland graduate, Jim Henson. When his estate declined the honor, the school was named after James Hubert Blake.
Blake was a Baltimore ragtime musician of the early and mid-20th century. On his 92nd Birthday, Blake said “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
Winston Churchill High School
After spending 3 years known as “Potomac High School,” (a few have commented that it was known as “North Potomac High School”) the school name changed in 1967 to honor Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II.
Winston Churchill also won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his lifetime body of work.
Clarksburg High School
The high school is named after the area it is located in. Clarksburg is named for Trader John Clarke and was established at the intersection of the main road between Georgetown, Frederick, and an old Seneca trail.
Damascus High School
The high school was named for the area it is in. Damascus was originally named “The Pleasant Plains of Damascus” after Damascus, Syria.
Damascus was incorporated for a 34 year period in the late 20th/early 21st century, but the townspeople requested incorporation be withdrawn so that Old Quaker Rd. could be paved into a state highway.
The Thomas Edison High School of Technology
A vocational/technical high school in Wheaton, Edison is different than other MCPS high schools in that students typically spend half their day there and the other half at their home school.
The school is named after Thomas Alva Edison. Edison has been described as “America’s greatest inventor.” He is the inventor of the motion picture camera, the incandescent light bulb, and many more items that have been groundbreaking and useful throughout time.
Albert Einstein High School
The school is named after German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein. He is best known for his mass-energy equivalency formula E = mc2, which is considered the “world’s most famous equation” by many.
Einstein has four academies as part of the Downcounty Consortium, the largest one being The Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
Gaithersburg High School
Gaithersburg High School was founded in 1904 as “Gaithersburg School” and offered grades K-12.
The school/city is named after Benjamin Gaither. Gaither built his home near what is present day Summit Hall in 1802 when Gaithersburg was known as Log Town. The name was changed to Gaithersburg in the 1850s.
Walter Johnson High School
The school is named after the late Washington Senators pitcher, Walter Johnson. Johnson lived nearby in a Bethesda home that still stands a few miles from the school on Old Georgetown Road.
Walter Johnson retired to Germantown in 1933, where he owned a farm in the location where the Gunners Lake community is in present day. He was elected as a Montgomery County commissioner in 1938.
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John F. Kennedy High School
The original plan was to name the school “East Wheaton High School,” but due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the school was re-named after him.
John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy was a member of the democratic party and represented the state of Massachusetts in the House of Representatives and State Senate prior to his presidency. Commonly referred to as “JFK,” he was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963.
Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School
The school is named for Colonel Zadok A. Magruder. Magruder was a Revolutionary War patriot and farmer. He moved to Montgomery County as a young man and ater on he inherited 600 acres of land in the Norbeck area before building a home in Redland in 1750.
Magruder helped establish Montgomery County’s government in 1776.
Richard Montgomery High School
Richard Montgomery is the oldest high school in MoCo. It was established in 1892 and was then known as Rockville High School. Rockville Colored High School opened in 1927 so the school was re-named after Richard Montgomery in 1935 to distinguish between the two.
Richard Montgomery was an Irish-born soldier who first served in the British army. Montgomery later took on the patriot cause and fought for America during the Revolutionary War. Montgomery County is named after him.
Northwest High School
Northwest High School was Germantown’s second high school and was established in 1998 to alleviate some of the crowding at Seneca Valley High School.
The school is named for its geographic location. It is located in the northwest part of the county and serves students from Germantown as well as a small portion of students from Gaithersburg and Darnestown.
Northwood High School
Northwood High School was established in 1956 and was closed in 1985 in a contested decision that aimed to alleviate the concentration of minority students enrolled at Blair High School. The school reopened in 2004.
The school was named after the area it was in (then known as Northwood). While I wasn’t able to find information on the origin of the Northwood name, the school’s mascot during their first 29 years of existence was the Indians. A 2001 vote by the Board of Education banned ethnic and race-based team mascots at county schools, so alumni from the first graduating class in 1958 and the first class of the new Northwood chose the Gladiators as the new mascot.
Paint Branch High School
The school was founded in 1969 . Their fight song, ‘Hail to the Panthers,’ is sung to the tune of ‘Hail to the Redskins.’
The school was named after Paint Branch Creek, a 14 mile long stream that flows through Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.There’s even a College Park based band known as Paint Branch Creek.
Poolesville High School
The core of the building, which still stands, was built in 1911 when the school was established. From 1911 until 2002, the school mascot was the Indians until the school’s students voted to change the mascot to the Falcons, following an initial vote to keep the mascot that was overruled.
The school and town are named after John and Joseph Poole. The brothers owned 160 acres of land in the area that was later named after them. The town was actually legally known as /The Commissioners of Poolesville’ until 2010 when residents voted to change the name to ‘The Town of Poolesville.’
Quince Orchard High School
A relatively new school, established in 1988, the school won a 4A Maryland State Football Championship in 1991 just 3 years after opening (they won a second time 16 years later, in 2007).
The school was named after a quince orchard that existed across from the school’s current location. A quince is a yellow fruit that looks similar to a pear.
Rockville High School
Not to be confused with the original Rockville High School, which was later re-named Richard Montgomery, this school was named after the city it’s in.
Before settling on the Rockville name, the area was called Owen’s Ordinary (there’s currently a Pike & Rose restaurant with the same name), Hungerford’s Tavern, and Daley’s Tavern. Rockville was later chosen because the region was crossed by Rock Creek. At the time, Rockville Pike was known as “Rock Creek Main Road.”
Seneca Valley High School
The school currently sits on the land that was once a farm owned by late Washington Senator’s pitcher, Walter Johnson. The school is due to be demolished with a new building coming in 2020 that would be the largest in Montgomery County.
The name comes from the Native American tribes of the Great Seneca Nation, who once lived in the area. Many early homeowners in surrounding areas found arrowheads in the ground.
Sherwood High School
Established in 1906, it is the third oldest high school in Montgomery County (after Richard Montgomery and Gaithersburg).
The school is named after the farm that was once on the land the school was built on. The farm was named “Sherwood Farm” due to the many trees on the property, which reminded settlers of Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest.
Springbrook High School
Springbrook is part of the Northeast Consortium, along with Blake and Paint Branch High Schools.
The school is named after the upper Northwest Branch spring-fed tributary that runs along side of the school’s property.
Watkins Mill High School
Even though the school is surrounded by Montgomery Village, the address has remained Gaithersburg.
Watkins Mill is named for one of the grist mills where corn was ground up. The Watkins family once lived in the area and owned/operated one of the mills.
Wheaton High School
The area of Wheaton was previously known as Leesborough until 1826.
Wheaton is named after the Union General, Frank Wheaton. Fun fact: The inventor of the first home television set, C. Francis Jenkins, lived in Wheaton, at Windham Ln and Georgia Ave.
Walt Whitman High School
Whtman was established in 1962. 30 years later, the building was demolished and a new building was constructed. It opened in 1993.
The school is named after Anerican poet and journalist, Walt Whitman. Whitman is perhaps best known for his poetry collection, specifically Leaves of Grass.
Thomas S. Wootton High School
Wootton was once named the 17th best high school in the United States by Newsweek.
The school is named for Thomas Sprigg Wootton. He founded the county by introducing a bill that split Frederick County into three— Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington counties in 1776.
Last year 17 teams, including teams from Montgomery, Frederick, and Howard counties, competed in the first ever Xpro Upper County Classic 7on7 Tournament at Watkins Mill High School.
Watkins Mill head coach, Mike Brown, would like to take this year’s tournament to the next level by adding teams from Northern Virginia, Prince George’s County, and Baltimore.
The cost is $250 for one team or $200 per team if more than one team signs up from one school (A and B team).
Springbrook High School won last year’s tournament...who’s taking home the first place trophy this year???
In April of 2017, Montgomery County Police arrested MoCo rapper, Shilo Young (known as Simba), along with three other men and charged them with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
The arrests were in connection with a shooting in Montgomery Village that killed Wassi Harron Raheem Young, 20, of Hyattsville. He was shot in the afternoon of Feb. 10 in the 8500 block of Hawk Run Terrace and died in the parking lot. Young is still awaiting trial for that case.
Yesterday, the 18 year old Young was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in a different crime. According to prosecutors, Young and another man, Timario Gregg, targeted students from Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery Village as they walked back to school from their lunch break. They robbed the students of their cell phones, shoes, and jackets at gun point. Gregg was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The young rapper’s YouTube channel has received over 2 million views and he is followed by over 17,000 on Twitter.
A tweet from the rapper’s Twitter account (@RGSimba) that was tweeted after the sentencing appears to have a different message, stating: “Don't believe the hype I be home soon #FreeSimba 🤘🏽🤘🏽”
After a good conversation reminiscing about fairly recent NBA players with local roots, I decided to put together a “starting 5” consisting of current NBA players with MoCo ties.
We discussed guys that used to play in the league like Steve Francis (Blair), Jerome Williams (Magruder), Roger Mason (Good Counsel), but came up with this list of 5 current players with MoCo ties:
Michael Beasley. It’s hard to believe that Beasley entered the NBA a decade ago. He is just one of two players in Kansas State history to become a first team All-American. He’s currently having one of his most successful seasons, as a New York Knick, having scored 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against the Bulls just last week.
MoCo tie: Beasley grew up in Montgomery County and almost attended Watkins Mill High School before moving on to 6 different high schools before going to Kansas State for a year.
Kevin Durant. Durant has won an NBA Championship, two Olympic gold medals, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year award, an NBA MVP award, and a lot more. Many consider him the best player in the world.
MoCo tie: Kevin Durant played his senior season of high school basketball at Montrose Christian in Rockville.
Greivis Vasquez. Most remember Vasquez as the all-time leading scorer at the University of Maryland, but he has carved a pretty good NBA career for himself as a journeyman role player. Vasquez currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets.
MoCo tie: Greivis Vasquez moved to the United States to attend high school at Montrose in Rockville, where he committed to play for the University of Maryland during his senior year.
Victor Oladipo. Oladipo was the 2nd overall pick in 2013, but is currently in the midst of his breakout season, his first with the Pacers. He is averaging over 24ppg, leading the Pacers in scoring.
MoCo tie: Though he was raised in nearby Upper Marlboro, Victor Oladipo was born in Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.
Josh Hart. Hart was the Lakers “other” first round pick (being chosen 30th overall in the same round as Lonzo Ball). The 6’5 rookie out of Villanova is having a solid rookie campaign, scoring 5.6ppg and grabbing 3rpg.
MoCo tie: Josh was born and raised in MoCo. He attended and played for Wheaton High School for a season before transferring to Sidwell.
Ever since I was a kid, attending Watkins Mill Elementary School, I have loved snow days. When I became a teacher, I loved them just the same and would share my thoughts on upcoming winter weather with my students at Roberto Clemente Middle School during the end of class. When those students left for high school, they wanted a way to keep up with the winter weather forecasts and school closing and delay predictions...and MoCoSnow was born.
It started as a little google blog that would receive a couple dozen hits a day in the winter time, but quickly grew when I opened my Twitter account in 2013. Since then, the website has received over a million hits in a single winter and the Twitter account has amassed over 15k followers. There are almost 30,000 MoCoSnow subscribers and over 10.8k likes on Facebook.
Aside from a meteorology class I took at Montgomery College one summer almost two decades ago, everything I’ve learned about winter weather has been self-taught. I’ve purchased subscriptions to websites that give access to some of the best weather models available and I compare the information I get from those to the information provided by local news outlets.
I consider MoCoSnow a hub for winter weather. Often times you’ll see snowfall projection maps side by side from 6 or more different sources. This allows the readers to get all of the information that’s out there and see who ends up being the most accurate.
In addition to winter weather forecasts, MoCoSnow predicts school closings and delay. Featured in Bethesda Magazine as “The Predictor,” I have released a free iOS app that provides predictions for Montgomery County and surrounding areas (predictions for Frederick, Prince George’s, Howard, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Carroll counties, as well as D.C., are available DAILY on the MoCoSnow app).
Download the free MoCoSnow app here: itunes.apple.com/us/app/mocosnow-app/id1320643511?mt=8