On a perfect spring evening on the Baltimore waterfront, on May 13, 2024, Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) celebrated its 12th “Are You Smarter Than a BCP Student?” annual gala.

Held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the event welcomed over 200 attendees, which included sponsors, friends, BCP board members and many BCP administrators, faculty, and staff. Attendees enthusiastically cheered on the BCP student and celebrity teams who matched wits against each other during two exciting rounds of challenging questions culled from the BCP curriculum. 

Laura Doherty, BCP President and CEO, welcomed the crowd and thanked the generous sponsors, before turning over the microphone to emcee Tom Hall, host of WYPR’s Midday. Tom kept the action moving with his lively, witty banter, showing a clear bias for the six talented BCP students from the six BCP neighborhood conversion charter schools–much to the delight of the audience and the celebrity contestants. 

The fifth grade round was a nail-biter, coming down to a tie-breaker question about how CO2 gets in the air. While the contestants conferred, Tom, the former music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, led the audience in an impromptu singing of the Jeopardy theme song. 

The fifth graders snatched the win with their correct answer: “From fossil fuels from power plants and car exhaust.”

Tre’Shaun Fortune

5th Grade, Frederick Elementary School
Favorite Subject: Math
Wants to be a software developer/video games programmer

Aldred Barimah

5th Grade, Govans Elementary School

Favorite Subject: Math

Wants to be an engineer like his dad 

Ti’morian Stewart

5th Grade, Wolfe Street Academy

Favorite Subject: Reading

Wants to be a pediatrician 


The eighth grade round–each of the quiz competitions preceded dinner and dessert–was the students’ from the get-go. Easily winning, 9-3, against a very game and entertaining trio of celebrities, the questions often stumped audience members (but not the BCP teachers) who played along at their seats.The challenging questions ranged from genetics and quadratic equations to Shakespeare, 20th-century history, and musical terms. 

Danika Haskins

8th Grade, City Springs Elementary/Middle School 

Favorite subject: History 

Wants to either be an actress or a veterinarian

Henry Sierra-Levin

8th Grade, Hampstead Hill Academy

Favorite Subject: History

Wants to be an actor

Austin Green

8th Grade, Pimlico Elementary/Middle School

Favorite Subject: ELA

Wants to be a mortician


Elizabeth Embry

State Delegate

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Alexandria Adams

ED of Elev8 Baltimore

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Nick Greer

Maryland State Board of Education Member

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Thank you to our sponsors! 

Your generosity empowers neighborhood schools and the futures of the 3,000-plus Baltimore children BCP schools educate. See our list of sponsors here.

Donations support the BCP mission of developing, implementing, and advocating for an equitable, sustainable, and replicable education model that improves student outcomes and opportunities and raises educational standards for all youth in Baltimore City schools. BCP works in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools and is Maryland’s largest operator of charter schools.

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About the Baltimore Curriculum Project

Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) is the largest operator of local neighborhood, public charter schools in Maryland. We create safe, supportive learning environments for children PK-8 by providing innovative, research-based educational strategies, intensive teacher training and extensive support for administration and staff. We support our local neighborhood needs by tailoring our resources and support through community partnerships.

As one of the longest-running charter operators in Maryland, our schools are regularly recognized as some of the most highly acclaimed neighborhood charter schools in the state. 

Pimlico Elementary / Middle School

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