Loch Raven Technical Academy Student Clinches Second Place In Maryland's National Civics Bee


Oluwatomisin Adeniye participates in the Maryland National Civics Bee. (Credit: Baltimore County Public Schools)

TOWSON - Oluwatomisin Adeniye, a recently graduated eighth grader from Loch Raven Technical Academy in Towson, has earned second place in the 2nd annual Maryland National Civics Bee. Adeniye took home a $750 cash prize for her compelling essay addressing the escalating concern of violence in schools.

The state-wide Civics Bee competition occurred at Coppin State University on June 17. The event was hosted by the Maryland Chamber Foundation and sponsored by Amazon, with collaboration from several local Chambers of Commerce, including those from Baltimore County, Greater Crofton, Howard County, and Frederick County.

The competition saw 11 finalists from across the state vying for the top prize. The participants had proven their mettle in locally held contests organized by the four Chambers of Commerce, leading to their selection for the state competition.

Each finalist, including Adeniye, received laptops to commend their achievements. Among these promising young minds were two other students from Baltimore County Public Schools: Rayn Mohammed of Northwest Academy of Health Sciences, who wrote about opioid abuse and addiction, and Jude Radday from Ridgely Middle School, whose essay explored physical altercations in schools.

The event was attended by several esteemed guests and judges, including Clarence Crawford, President of the Maryland State Board of Education; Dana Stein, Maryland State Delegate for District 11B in Baltimore County and co-founder, president, and executive director of Civic Works; and Tami Watkins, Director of Government & Regulatory and External Affairs for Comcast.

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