Blair senior honored as Presidential Scholar
Jun. 18, 1997




Blair senior honored as Presidential Scholar

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Blair senior honored as Presidential Scholar

Montgomery Blair High School senior Gautam Mukunda will be honored at a White House ceremony later this month as a Presidential Scholar by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

He was one of two students from Maryland and 119 others from around the country who were selected based on their high scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test and their academic and extracurricular performance.

Also honored will be Ralph N. Bunday, a physics teacher at Montgomery Blair.

The other Maryland student selected as a Presidential Scholar was Sarah E. Wood, who attends Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.

Three Montgomery Blair students were semifinalists for the honor: Susan C. Han, Kerry M. Kidwell and Jonathan D. Schlaifer.

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The Montgomery County Schools have received a National Science Foundation grant to aid in training middle school science teachers.

The $1.4 million grant was awarded as part of the agency's "Science Connections" program. Over the next five years, all middle-school science teachers will be trained in instructional techniques, curriculum content and technology applications. The first training session is scheduled to be an eight-day summer institute for 35 teachers next month.

The funding will also be used to update the middle school science curriculum throughout the county, according to a statement by the county school office.

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Alan Mickelson is now a member of the Montgomery County Cable Advisory Committee.

The Silver Spring resident is department coordinator of media services at Prince George's Community College.

He was nominated by County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and was confirmed by the County Council. His term runs through November 1999.

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Four area women were installed as directors of the National Council of Jewish Women's Montgomery County Maryland Section June 5.

Frances Illowsky, Rita Phillips, Marcia Salenger and Jeanette Waxman were installed at a luncheon at the Indian Spring Country Club, Silver Spring.

The organization also gave several awards. The Ridia Cass Award for outstanding service, dedication and volunteer work went to Lillian Caplan; the Woman of the Year Award went to Portia Rotkin; the Thrift Shop Angel Pin was awarded to Florine Ettinger; the Emerging Leadership Award was given to Lillian Siegel, and awards of appreciation were given to Charlotte Karel, Sylvia Michael, Sally Goldstein and Florence Selden.

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John P. "Jack" Hewitt, an area businessman and former commissioner for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, was honored by the commission when it dedicated the golf course clubhouse at Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg in his name.

Hewitt, a Silver Spring resident, was instrumental in acquiring and developing parkland in upper Montgomery County ,which ultimately led to the creation of Little Bennett Regional Park and the golf course.

Hewitt, an author, lecturer, consultant and Realtor, is active in several area organizations, including Holy Cross Hospital, Kiwanis, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Commission, the Silver Spring and Montgomery County chambers of commerce and the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.

He was the first bi-county director of parks in 1957, and was the M-NCCPC's executive director from 1971-1974, and served as a member of the Montgomery County Planning Board from 1987-1991.

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A summer day camp sponsored by the Silver Spring Boys and Girls Club will be held from June 23-Aug. 15. Basketball camps are held in June and July. Call 301-593-4600.

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"Meditation and Health: The Mind-Body Connection in Health, Disease and Healing" is the title of a lecture by Dr. Michael J. Baime 8 p.m. June 26 at the Shambhala Center of Washington, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 210, Silver Spring. Baime is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and is also a practitioner of meditation. The suggested donation is $5. Call 301-588-7020.

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