Cabin John man wins bronze medal in world kayaking contest
July 11, 2001

Bryan Kirk of Cabin John won a bronze medal in the 2001 World Freestyle Championship held in Spain from the end of June to the beginning of July.

The competition drew athletes from 26 countries, and Kirk competed against 155 people in his class. The 22-year-old was the youngest American kayaker to win a medal.

In each round, competitors had 45 seconds to do as many tricks as possible while riding a wave on their kayaks. Kirk did cartwheels and front flips, among other tricks.

BAPA to perform

on Capitol Hill

Performers from Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts are presenting the musical "Ascension" in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill tonight.

"Ascension" is an advocacy piece dealing with disability, humanity, and ethics. It highlights issues like insecurity, challenges, and unmet needs.

The invitation-only show is the first production for WINGS!, a performing arts company established by BAPA's AccessAbility Theatre.

WINGS! features 16 actors who have physical and developmental disabilities and six actors without disabilities.

AccessAbility Theatre was founded 12 years ago to bring the arts into the lives of children with physical and developmental disabilities.

Call BAPA at 301-320-2550 or visit

Fairweather gives

scholarships, donates flags

High school seniors Anna Stephanie Cohen of Walt Whitman High School, Amelia Snider of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Adam Schlosser of Walter Johnson High School each won a $500 Jane Fairweather Community Service Scholarship Award.

Fairweather, a real estate agent in Bethesda, gives the award each year to area seniors to recognize and promote social awareness in the community.

For the Fourth of July, Fairweather also displayed more than 12,000 American flags on lawns in Bethesda. She has donated the flags for six years.

Miguel awarded scholarship

SBC Communications awarded Craig Miguel of Chevy Chase a $3,500 college scholarship.

The award is given to children of employees of SBC Communications. Candidates are selected on merit, leadership skills and work experience. Students who maintain academic standards may renew the scholarship each year.

Miguel will attend Stanford University in California in the fall. He plans to major in materials science and engineering.

Audubon honors students, educator

The Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase honored nine Montgomery County high school students in the society's inaugural environmental essay competition.

Students at county high schools were asked to research and write about local environmental problems and propose solutions. More than 60 students entered the competition. They received their honors at the Audubon's awards reception June 22, held at the society's Woodend headquarters in Chevy Chase.

The winners, who received gift certificates to the Audubon bookshop, were:

Nadia Mostovych of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, first place for "The Threat of the Pfiesteria Microorganism to Local Waterways";

Katherine Brill and Shriya Malhotra of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, second place for "Cleaning up the Anacostia River";

Caroline James, Marie Wei, Michelle Wu of Whitman, honorable mention for "Woodrow Wilson Bridge Expansion";

Amy Price of Richard Montgomery High School, honorable mention for "Wildlife Crossings in Montgomery County";

Kate Drury of John F. Kennedy High School, honorable mention for "Restoring the Blue Crab Population in the Chesapeake Bay."

Also honored was Joseph M. Keyser, education specialist for the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Keyser received the society's education award for his efforts to encourage conservation of natural resources.

Keyser has encouraged residents to compost leaves and grass, and maintain backyard wildlife habitats. He has worked on initiatives to reduce noise pollution, improve air quality, and conserve energy and water. He also produced much of the county's environmental Web site, and other educational materials.

Other award recipients were the Washingtonian magazine (journalism award), and Diane Hoffman, administrator of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (public official conservation award).

In the military

*Navy Ensign Robert Vollono and Navy Ensign Matthew Fleisher, both of Bethesda, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis with bachelor's degrees in political science.

*Marine Corps Pfc. King Yip completed the personnel clerk course at the Personnel Administration School in North Carolina. During the seven-week course, Yip learned about preparing and maintaining officer and enlisted service records.

*Navy Hospitalman Erika Salinas of Bethesda reported for duty at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

On campus

*Patrick Jordan of Bethesda recently won the Edwin and Leander M. Zimmerman Senior Prize at Gettysburg College's Spring Honors Day in May. The award is given to a graduating senior whose character, scholarship, and influence on students have contributed most to the welfare of the college. Jordan graduated with a degree in mathematics and physics from the Pennsylvania school.

*Clare Loughran of Kensington graduated in May from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. with a bachelor's degree in photography.

*Piero Passacantando of Chevy Chase graduated in May from the Corcoran College of Art and Design with a bachelor's degree in fine art.

*Justin Chase of Chevy Chase graduated in May from Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. He majored in biology and environmental science.

*Sarah Leeper of Kensington made the dean's list with distinction for the spring semester at Duke University in North Carolina. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish.

*Sarah Long of Bethesda made the dean's list at St. Lawrence University in New York for the spring semester.

*Albert Hopper and Delia Kurry, both of Chevy Chase, made the dean's list at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania for the spring semester.

*R. Padraic Springuel of Glen Echo made the dean's list at Saint Michael's College in Vermont. Springuel is a senior majoring in psychology and physics.

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Staff writer Leah Carlson contributed to this report.