Pikesville High in the News

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PHS Students Place at Regional Business Conference

Pikesville HS Students Place At Regional Business Conference - Mona Lkazour, Pikesville Patch

Pikesville High students participated in the DECA conference for Region 4 on January 18th which featured eleven schools from Baltimore and Harford counties and Baltimore City.

Our aspiring Panther Pikesville High School leaders and entrepreneurs participated in their first DECA Regional Conference and placed in the top three for every event they entered. DECA is an international association for high school and college students interested in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Currently, PHS has the largest DECA organization in BCPS.

We are thrilled to announce that our Championship Boys’ Soccer Team was recently recognized and received a citation on the floor of the State Senate in Annapolis by Sen. Bobby Zirkin (also a Distinguished Alumnus of PHS) and numerous elected officials. This was quite an honor for our deserving young men who continue to bask in this unprecedented status.

Our seniors are experiencing a multitude of college acceptances, our sports teams are busy “PAWsitively” representing PHS, and our expanded extra-curricular offerings are making our students more connected contributors to our School of Excellence. We are proud of our premier Lighthouse High School and the work all of us, as crucial stakeholders, are doing to create a culture of consistently high-caliber teaching and learning; know that I appreciate your continued support; we could not do this very important work without you.

PHS Alumnus Marc Platt ('75) wins Golden Globe

“La La Land" won the Golden Globe for best movie musical/comedy, producer Marc Platt (PHS Class of '75 and a Distinguished Alumnus) was part of the acceptance speech (see video below).
La La Land Wins Best Motion Picture, Musical at the 2017 Golden Globes

PHS alumnus Evan Lutz is Forbes 30 Under 30

TOWSON, MD – Forbes magazine brags that getting onto one of its prestigious 30 Under 30 lists is a more competitive process than getting into Harvard University – and that just makes Baltimore County Public Schools all the more proud that two of the Forbes 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs for 2017 are BCPS graduates.

Evan Lutz, Pikesville High Class of 2010 was featured on the 2017 list. Lutz, 24, is the CEO and co-founder of Hungry Harvest, a business that aims to address two issues at once: the fact that 20% of produce goes to waste and that 50 million Americans lack access to affordable, nutritious food. Hungry Harvest gathers fruits and vegetables that are destined to go to waste because they don’t meet store standards (e.g., size, shape, or other aesthetic imperfections) or because of logistical issues (e.g., farmers had too large a yield). Customers in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. subscribe to receive weekly or biweekly boxes of produce, and for every box Hungry Harvest sells, 1 – 2 pounds of produce are donated to the needy.

The business began in Lutz’s dorm room in 2014, while he was a college senior. It is now headquartered at City Garage in Baltimore City, having recovered 2 million pounds of produce and donated more than 400,000 pounds. Lutz appeared on Shark Tank (on an episode that aired in January 2016) and secured a $100,000 investment offer (double what he sought) from Robert Herjavec. Lutz is a 2014 alumnus of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the following year, he was honored with the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award from the school’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. A year and a half ago, Lutz worked with Jennifer Ward in the BCPS human resources office to create a project supporting the school system’s employee wellness campaign. Through this project, 450 teachers and staff in 30 schools and office buildings have become Hungry Harvest customers, and their produce boxes are delivered to them at their schools and offices. The model worked so well that it has been replicated with Howard County Public Schools and soon Montgomery County Public Schools.