Winners of Montgomery County’s ‘Paint the Plow’ Contest

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Winners of Montgomery County’s ‘Paint the Plow’ Contest


Redland Middle School Named Winner of Montgomery County’s ‘Paint the Plow’ Contest to Celebrate Public Works Week

Montgomery County residents can be on the lookout this winter for tributes to the County’s public works employees. As part of the recently concluded “Public Works Week,” Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) middle school students participated in a “Paint the Plow” contest to celebrate the many contributions made by public works employees that keep the County running.

Redland Middle School in Derwood was selected as the first-place winner of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOTs) ‘Paint the Plow’ snowplow naming contest. The winning design emulated the popular Pokémon franchise with the theme “Snowkémon” and the slogan “Gotta Melt It All.”

“This contest is a great way to bring public attention to the enormous amount of work our public works employees do to keep the County’s infrastructure functional and safe,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “I want to thank MCPS and the participating students and teachers for their efforts to help us celebrate Public Works Week and for bringing art to our streets. Our residents will greatly enjoy looking out for these plows during snowstorms.”

Students from 11 MCPS middle schools participated in the contest. Snowplows and paint supplies were delivered by MCDOT to each school and the student teams had four days to name and decorate their snowplows.

A team from Westland Middle School in Bethesda was the second-place winner with its decorated snowplow “Plowser,” a play off Mario Brothers. A team from John Poole Middle School in Poolesville was the third-place winner for its decorated plow “Winter Warrior,” which showcased a beautifully painted anime theme.

The decorated plows will be part of the MCDOT fleet that will be clearing snow from streets this winter.

The winners were named as MCDOT celebrated “Public Works Week” to honor essential workers. During the special week, MCDOT recognizes the employees of its Division of Highway Services with an employee-centered social media campaign and the Paint the Plow contest. Entries to the contest were showcased at MCDOT’s family-friendly ‘Truck Day’ event held on May 20. The free event had more than 1,000 attendees who were invited to vote for their favorite snowplow design.

The winners selected:

  • First place (awarded $500): Redland Middle School for its decorated snowplow named “Snowkémon.”
  • Second place (awarded $300): Westland Middle School for its decorated snowplow named “Plowser.”
  • Third place (awarded $200): John Poole Middle School for its decorated snowplow named “Winter Warrior.”

The decorated plows will be pushing snow off County streets this winter. The painted plows will serve as an interesting and valuable reminder of the MCDOT public workers who keep the County running.

“I am once again deeply impressed with the creativity and talent of our MCPS middle school students,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin. “These plows will serve as a reminder of the tremendous contributions our public works employees make to creating a safe community.”

“Public Works Week” is a nationally recognized week in May to honor essential workers. The American Public Works Association selected "Connecting the World" as the theme for the 2023 National Public Works Week. The theme emphasizes that public works employees are always ready to serve their communities and are resilient despite encountering challenges. “Public Works Week” runs May 21-27.

Pictures of the painted plows can be viewed on the MCDOT “Paint the Plow” page or on the social media platforms listed below.

For information on MCDOT programs and services visit, follow @MCDOTNow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to MCDOT’s “Go Montgomery!” newsletter.

This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (16)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Roy Kelley What a fantastic contest with great prizes !

Jun 01, 2023 11:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, this was a great challenge, and love the creativity that came from the winner.

Jun 01, 2023 01:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

This contest was a great opportunity for young people to get out there and exhibit their creativity.

Jun 01, 2023 05:06 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy,

I like snowkeman! That is a winner in my book.

Jun 01, 2023 06:25 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... how clever is this? Love it. Amazing, isn't it, what kids come up with?

Jun 02, 2023 04:57 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So cool, I love how creative people are when they show off their talents!  It definitely makes the world a better place!

Jun 02, 2023 07:09 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Kids are so very creative, aren't they, Roy?! What a great cause and how wonderful the middle school won the big prize for “Snowkémon!" - Very clever!

Jun 02, 2023 08:23 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Roy,  I can see how this contest  was a great way to bring the public's  attention to the work your Public Works employees do to keep your County's  infrastructure functional and safe,” So interesting in reading about the contest winner's entry - SNOWKEMON, and also the second place 'PLOWSER' entry., and the 3rd place entry: WINTER WARRIOR.

And I love Poppies!

Jun 02, 2023 11:18 AM
Gregory Manns
HomeSmart Elite Group - Palm Springs / La Quinta, CA - Indio, CA
Palm Springs Area Realtor with HomeSmart Elite

What a terrific contest Roy, just love to see the creativity.

Thank you so much for sharing. 

Jun 02, 2023 03:48 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

Jun 05, 2023 07:53 AM