Enrichment Opportunities

Check back often ~ this page is updated whenever the Counseling Center receives information about enrichment programs and activities that may be of interest to our students.

Competitions and Contests

East Meets West International Essay Competition ~ Since 2004, Dongwha Cultural Foundation has been promoting East Asian culture, philosophy, and art through their educational programs.  Their annual international essay competition is designed to provide an intellectual and creative forum that empowers young voices and broadens the dialogue on cultural awareness and exchange.  The 2014 essay contest will begin accepting applications on May 15 and will continue to accept entries through July 25.  There is a $15 entry fee.  For more information or to register visit www.donghwaculture.org/emwie2014.html or e-mail essay@donghwaculture.org.  You can also check out their blog at eastmeetswestdonghwa.wordpress.com.

Junior Achievement Essay Competition 2014 ~ Junior Achievement is pleased to announce their 2014 essay competition, sponsored by David M. Rubinstein.  The competition is open to any student in the 9th-12th grades in Greater Washington.  Students should write a 1,000-1,500 word essay on the topic "Should young Americans be required to spend at least one year in public service or is such a requirement an unnecessary government intrusion?"  Essays must be submitted online at www.myJA.org/students/essay/ by October 29.  Three winners from each of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will receive a $10,000 scholarship.  In addition, one grand prize winner from among all applicants will receive a $20,000 scholarship. 

 QuestBridge College Prep Program ~ This program provides more than 1,500 awards that give outstanding low-income high school juniors the knowledge they need to compete for admission to leading colleges. The program provides a variety of opportunities for highly qualified students such as full scholarships to summer programs at leading colleges and universities, college admission counseling, invitations to QuestBridge College Admissions Conferences, all expense paid visits to college campuses, college application advice via telementoring, and an opportunity to win a Quest for Excellence Award. High school juniors with a strong academic record and an annual family income of less than $60,000 are encouraged to apply. For more information visithttp://www.questbridge.org.

SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes ~ SunTrust will present 30 $500 scholarships for education expenses to high school seniors.  The sweepstakes is free to enter and eligibility is not based on GPA or financial need.  Students may enter every two weeks, up to 15 times during each sweepstakes period.  Two winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks from October 31 to May 15.  The sweepstakes opens September 15; to enter visit suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes.

Conferences and Symposiums

The Perry Initiative ~ The Perry Initiative inspires young women to be leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering by partnering with medical centers, universities and high schools nationwide.  Interested young women in grades 10 and up with an interest in science, medicine and/or engineering are invited to attend the Perry Outreach Program on November 1, 2014 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  The application deadline is October 1.  For more information visit www.perryinitiative.org.


Be a Page ~ You could be one of a select group of high school seniors from across the state who will go to the State Capitol in Annapolis to work as a page for the Maryland General Assembly.  Selected students will work two nonconsecutive weeks (Monday-Friday) in either the Senate or the House of Delegates during the 2015 Legislative Session, which runs from January 14 through April 13.  Pages receive $55 per day to cover expenses.  For information contact Mr. Brower, visit dls.state.md.us (click "Student Programs") or call the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Office at 410-946-5128

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Volunteer Opportunities

Counseling Calendar

    • TueSep23 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • WedSep24 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • ThuSep25 Deans' Meetings 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
    • ThuSep25 Senior Parent College Information Night 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • SunSep28 SAT Prep Class 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • TueSep30 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • TueSep30 Progress Reports Released 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    • WedOct01 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • SunOct05 SAT Prep Class 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • TueOct07 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria

Counseling News

Posted 09/01/2014 07:00AM
Bishop McNamara High School and four of its faculty and staff are commemorating significant years of dedicated service to Catholic schools education.
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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