Shaan Singh
Speech moderator Mary Smith awards Singh

GREENBELT, Md. – The first-place orator of the 2016 Scholastic Olympics has been recognized by Apple Inc. and embraced by two local prestigious universities for his work on a medical app that deals with autism.

Shaan Singh, a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, won the $500 first place prize in the oratory category at the 6th annual Scholastic Olympics on April 30, 2016, at the College Park Aviation Museum. He beat out 20 competitors, one of the largest groups ever to participate in speech.

A true scholar with myriad interests, Singh has been researching a way to diagnose autism with machine learning at the University of Maryland, College Park, and John Hopkins’ Medical Institute.

For two consecutive years, in 2014 and 2015, Singh won an international scholarship from Apple to attend its Worldwide Developers Conference. Singh was selected for his iOS skills. The term, iOS, is an abbreviation for internetwork operating system, which means it is an operating system used for mobile devices manufactured by Apple Inc. The scholarship entitled Singh to travel to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. to receive hands-on coaching from Apple engineers. Already he has two Apps in the Apple Store.

Singh is CEO of Blue Cocoa, Inc and jokingly notes that he studies in his spare time. He plays the trumpet and speaks three languages – English, Hindi and Punjabi. Recently, he received a college acceptance letter from Harvard.



Seonna Wallace
Wallace is team leader

BOWIE, Md. – Five Bowie State University Public Relations students have accepted the challenge to help promote the 7th Annual Scholastic Olympics, scheduled for May 6 at the College Park Aviation Museum.
Known as the APR Group, the BSU students are team leader Seonna Wallace, Richard Brooks, Aejah Brown, Nicole Ramirez Hernandez and Emerald Randolph. The students, under the leadership of Professor Rochelle Daniel, are in the Advanced Public Relations class in the Department of Communication at the historically black university.
The main challenge of the BSU group is to create and in some instances update social media to encourage Prince George’s County high school students to participate in four academic competitions – speech, spelling, math and history. The team has agreed to visit schools and other events to stimulate interest.

The APR Group, established in January 2011, operates as a public relations firm and provides students with hands-on experiences in developing and implementing communications plans.
“All the clients come to us to help them with their Public Relations needs,” said Daniels, who serves both as instructor and director, “ and that could be to develop a Public Relations plan, that could be doing a newsletter, setting up a website and even setting up social media sites so that they can get more visibility for their organization .”
Senior Seonna Wallace, the team leader, is a Baltimore City native with a passion for logistics and strategic planning. She is an honor roll student, pursuing a career in event management.
Boasting that she strives for greatness and never backs down from a challenge, Wallace said a favorite quote is: “Sometimes we don’t reach for stars. We are satisfied with what people tell us we’re supposed to be satisfied with… And I’m just not going for it.” – Beyoncé

Aejah Brown

Aejah Brown is a graduating senior studying the arts and sciences of Public Relations at BSU. A native of Clinton, her career goal is to own her own health and Lifestyle PR agency for children and adolescence.


BOWIE, Md. – High Bridge Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on empowering young people from underserved communities in the Metro Washington area, has partnered with Scholastic Olympics to ensure the success of its 7th annual quadrathlon on May 6 at the  College Park Aviation Museum.

Foundation President Mayumi Hairston Escalante announced her organization will provide $1,000 for the winners of Scholastic Olympics’ American History competition.
“I’ve been looking forward to this partnership since I first learned of  Scholastic Olympics and volunteered as a judge years ago, when our foundation was just getting started,” said Escalante. “We’re grateful to be in a position to help in a big way.”

 She added, “Sponsoring the American history contest aligns with our goal of encouraging youth excellence, leadership and service. Furthermore, it promotes good citizenship and civic responsibility through in-depth knowledge and understanding of our history.”

 The first-place winner in history and the other three categories is awarded $500, second place, $300 and third place, $200. The moderators for this event are Northwestern High School teachers Mark Naydan and Ronda Ventura.

Scholastic Olympics is an academic competition for high school students that features a “Jeopardy”-style math-a-thon, American history contest, oratorical contest and traditional spelling bee. Winners in each of the contests are awarded cash prizes, medals, plaques and tickets to local theme parks and sports events. 

 Dr Ernest HairstonEstablished 5 years ago by Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Hairston, High Bridge Foundation is most known for its scholarship program, which has awarded $27,500 in scholarships to high school graduates from underserved communities – new immigrants, adoptees, disabled persons and others – to support their post-secondary education in trade schools, community colleges, colleges or universities. High Bridge Scholars are high achievers and overcomers, selected based on their academic performance, demonstrated leadership, and community service given personal hardship or adversity.

The organization also sponsors academic mentorship, resume preparation, job interview skills, and arts and recreation programs.

“Scholastic Olympics is delighted with this partnership with High Bridge,” said  Tamara Henry, director of Scholastic Olympics. “I consider it a melding of minds to strengthen our assault on those things that hinder the progress of children in our communities.”