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The D.C. Bar Continues Its Support of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School’s Science Fair

By John Murph

October 25, 2018

Banneker HS Science Fair 2018

On October 19, the D.C. Bar Communities presented Benjamin Banneker Academic High School a $2,500 check for its annual Science Fair Partners Assembly award ceremony inside the school’s Vincent E. Reed auditorium.  

The Washington, D.C.-based magnet school held this year’s annual science fair – co-sponsored by D.C. Bar Communities – in February, in which students competed in such categories as behavioral and social sciences, plant sciences, computer sciences, engineering, microbiology, and chemistry. At the awards ceremony, D.C. Bar Communities and science teacher Mandi Nguyen presented 15 trophies to winners. This year’s winners will go on to compete at city, regional, and national level science fairs. 

Rae Fischer, a steering committee co-chair of a D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law community, gave the opening remarks. She encouraged the high school students to take their own initiatives in continuing their education. “It is up to you to open up our brain and put information in there. Teachers, textbooks, libraries, term papers, exams and science projects are all amazing tools that you can use to [gain knowledge]. I encourage you to use all of those phenomenal tools,” she said. 

Anita Berger, the school’s principal, acknowledged the solid commitment of its science department teachers: Nguyen, Rebecca Burton, Mylene Garcia, Kia Jones-Raye, and Jesus Kabingue. Berger also reminded the students why pink was the school’s color for October. “We are not rocking pink this month because it’s cool. We want to be really aware that our color is for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Berger said. “We want you to find us a cure. We want you to do the research. You are all so capable of finding a cure for this monster. I’m charging you to come up with a cure and it’s starts now.” 

U.S. News and World Report ranks Benjamin Banneker Academic High School as second in Washington, D.C. and #344 in national ranking. It’s earned a gold medal from U.S. News and World Report. And 100 percent of the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School graduates are accepted into college.