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‘I, Too, Am B-CC’ Stirs Major Response from MCPS Community

I too am BCC

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School has a reputation of high graduation and success rates, yet statistics do not reflect the full reality. In the video ‘I, Too, Am B-CC’, many B-CC students discussed lingering prejudices and perceptions of the achievement gap, a significant and persistent school-wide disparity in academic performance or educational attainment between different groups of students

“I remember coming into the room [after] one of our academic practices and [saw] one of the girls talking to another guy and saying, ‘oh she only got in because she’s black,’” said Makdes Hailu, a B-CC student. She and other students explained the struggles of being an African American teenager in the video that originated as a school project for a film class.

“They say you’re this way because of whatever physical features you have or what other ethnic, social, or racial background you have; and people see that and they’re like, ‘okay well if everyone is telling me that I have to be this way then I guess I should be this way,’” said Tiffany McLeary, a student featured in the video.

The video has stirred a major response among other Montgomery County high schools. Next month, the student producers of, “I, Too, Am B-CC” plan to work together with other Montgomery County students to create a video called, “I, Too, Am MCPS.”  Students from neighboring high schools such as Whitman, Wootton, and Walter Johnson have been inspired to create a movement in their schools as well.

Students at B-CC High School are determined to make a change. “I want the gap to be gone,” said Ms. Mauer, an English teacher at B-CC.  To do so, students will prepare presentations about the topic and organize forums around the school.  “To make a change in the world, we need to make a change in ourselves,” says Orlando Pinder, the creator of the video.

The video can be viewed at

Article by the MoCo Student Staff Writer Corina Davis of BCC High School

Image from “I, too, am B-CC” video


About The MoCo Student

In 2012, Student Member of the Board of Education John Mannes created a countywide press network to help build a conduit to share fresh and relevant information written by youth to the wider Montgomery County student body.

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