School Notes: Winston Churchill To Name Field After Baseball Program’s Founder

Plus: Local schools awarded for tolerance efforts; Comcast grants scholarships to county students


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Winston Churchill High School’s baseball field will bear the name of a legendary coach.

During his 25 years at the school, Chuck Stevens founded the baseball program and mentored and coached thousands of students, according to the school’s booster club. Stevens also racked up more than 200 wins and was inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992, according to the club. In 1979, he led the Bulldogs baseball team to victory in the state championship, the school’s newspaper reported.

He died in 2004 at the age of 76, according to a Washington Post obituary.

Winston Churchill High School's baseball field will be named in honor of legendary coach Chuck Stevens. Via Chris Nazarian.

The field will officially get its new name during a Sept. 15 ceremony and reception at the Potomac school’s football game.

The booster club is raising funds to buy a memorial plaque that will be attached to the field’s dugouts in Stevens’ honor, according to a post on Churchill’s athletics website.

Contact information for details on making a donation is available here.

Bethesda, Rockville students receive award for combating hate

Two Montgomery County schools earned recognition this week from the Anti-Defamation League for working to fight hate.

College Gardens Elementary School in Rockville and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a private school in Bethesda, took home the No Place for Hate award on Wednesday during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center in Washington, D.C. Five other schools from Virginia and elsewhere in Maryland also received the distinction, according to an ADL press release.

The winning schools each completed three activities that had a school-wide impact and promoted respect and inclusion, the release stated.

“These schools are leading the way in a grassroots fight against bias, bigotry and bullying in their communities,” Seth Gordon-Lipkin, an ADL education director, said in the release. “The students, educators and family members who have championed these efforts have sent a clear, unified message that hatred has no place in the hallways and classrooms of their schools.”

Comcast awards scholarship money to 18 county students

Eighteen students from Montgomery County have landed $1,000 scholarships from the Comcast Foundation.

The foundation earlier this month announced the 110 high school seniors awarded this year through its Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, a news release stated. The program acknowledges students for community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch and others applauded the students during a May 10 ceremony in Annapolis.

One student, from Bowie High School, received a $10,000 scholarship.

The local recipients hailed from schools including: Richard Montgomery and Col. Zadok Magruder in Rockville; Montgomery Blair, James Hubert Blake, and Thomas Edison in Silver Spring and Bethesda-Chevy Chase in Bethesda.

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