Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Mary Harris Elementary students make the grade

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Many students were on the honor roll at Mary Harris ‘‘Mother Jones” Elementary school. Five students were on the principal’s honor roll, which means they made all A’s.

‘‘We are extremely proud of our students, and we know they worked very hard through the quarter,” said principal Elizabeth Harriday. ‘‘At Mother Jones we also give most improved awards for the students who do their best as far as in academics and they are really, really tiring and exhibiting a lot of effort. We try to award the effort as well as the end result. They didn’t get all A’s and B’s, but they worked hard,” she said.

Also she was pleased with the number of students who had perfect attendance from Aug. 20, 2007 to Dec. 21, 2007. Of the 705 students at the school, 226 had perfect attendance, she said.

Second quarter principal’s award winners were third-grader Aylinne Monroy and sixth-graders Wendy Alvarado, Zuleyma Alvarado, Nancy Gomez and Madelyne Ventura.

Behavior Honor Roll winners were thrid-grade Jennifer Alberti, Sanai Kureishi, Alyinne Monroy, Berbice Tamukong, Susan Calderon, Marcos Garcia, Elida Gonzalez, Carnia Rivera, Maria Cardona, Katherine Cedillos, Katerina Rodriguez, Delia Cervantes, Daniela Medina, Jose Recinos, John Rodriguez, Joshua Ferman, Joshua Cruz Avila, Jason Pinto, Joanna Reyes; fourth-graders Erick Aguirre, Jessica Alverez Zetino, Isis Andrews, Bryan Casco Sanchez, Alexis Fuentes, Emily Mendoza, Elizabeth Portillo, Maria Gutierrez, Michaele Antigua, Yovana Esponoza, Erika Guevara, Genesis Moron, William Padilla, Silvia Ramos Rios, Patrick Rimterakul, Bryan Melendez, Melinda Munoz, Jonathan Castillo, Carol Diaz Pinto, Michelle Ruiz, Jose Velasque, Abigail Suarez; fifth-graders Rosy Chacon, Jacqueline Larios, Fernando Martinez, Mairela Alvares, Jonathan Claros, Nancy Flores, Edwin Garcia, Raquel Martinez Lopez; sixth-graders Wendy Alvarado, Zulemya Alvarado, Israel Avelar, Daisy Gomez, Nancy Gomez, Grace Okapli, Jefry Palma-Martinez, Gabriela Rivas, Maria Naguilar, Ivan Enriquez, Catherine Escobar, Andrea Godoy, Vanessa Martinez and Crystal Pereira.

Most improved winners are third-graders Brian Melendez, Lozaro Flores, Edgar Martinez, Tristan Espinal, Rony Villata, fourth graders Maria Gtierrez, Brian Ramireez, Franklin Lopez-Otero, fifth-graders Juliza Godoy, Jocelyn Garcia, sixth-graders Edwin Arias, Mitchell Zio and Pablo Sierra.

Renaissance programwinners announced

Students at Martin Luther King Middle School who are doing well academically or have been good citizens have an opportunity to win prizes at the school for their achievement. A stub with their name on it is put in a basket and if their name is drawn, they can win anything from books to pencil pouches to a day of not wearing a uniform. The Renaissance program is used to give students an incentive to do the right thing, said program coordinator Cynthia Vaughn. The following students were Renaissance winners from Jan. 18: In Team M, they were Oscar Argueta, Evette Ortiz, Marvin Vainquer and Maria Velasquez. In Team L, they were Roman Holt, Jocelyn Joya, Michael Maxwell and Jocelyne Zepeda, and in Team K, they were Emily Benitez, Emma Callis, Maria Castro and Tania Hernandez.

High Point Booster Club meeting planned

The High Point High School Athletics Boosters Club invites parents to attend a meeting at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 7 at High Point High School.

‘‘The High Point Athletics Booster Club is aspiring to lofty heights. Not so much for ourselves, but for the student athletes at High Point,” said club president Johnny Blackwell. ‘‘They can really soar with Eagles if given wings.”

UMD searchingfor new leaders

In an attempt to help the ‘‘best and brightest:” students to use their full potential, the University of Maryland, College Park is offering a new LEADERS program for high-potential students to help them get post-undergraduate scholarships and international awards. Alumnus Tom McMillen is leading the new program.

‘‘The program is designed to develop students of extraordinary talent,” said the former basketball star, Rhodes Scholar and Maryland Congressman.

The students will receive special guidance and counseling services from the University’s National Scholarships Office, said University President C.D. Mote Jr. ‘‘They will challenge each other and benefit from close interaction with faculty and staff members.”

For more information on Maryland’s LEADERS Program, call the University’s University’s Office of Special Events at 301-405-4638 or by e-mail to: events@ur.umd.edu.

Greenbelt organizations get grant money

On Feb. 10, the Greenbelt Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization, will award 10 city groups a total of $23,835 in grant money.

The awardees are: Greenbelt Elementary School sixth-grade chorus, Eleanor Roosevelt High School Wind Ensemble Band, Friends of the New Deal Café Arts, Friends of Still Creek, Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts⁄Greenbelt Access Television, the Green Man Festival⁄Chesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society, Greenbelt Farmer’s Market, Greenbelt in Focus, Greenbelt International Cultural Festival and St Hugh’s Ladies of Charity Food Pantry.

The award presentation will be held 3 to 5 p.m. at the Greenbriar Community Center, 7600 Hanover Parkway.

‘‘The foundation’s mission is to maintain, improve and enrich the quality life in Greenbelt,” GCF Chair Sylvia Lewis said. ‘‘The foundation promotes cooperative endeavors and projects that celebrate, respect and build upon the legacy and ideals of Greenbelt.”

This is the second time GCF has awarded grants to community organizations. In summer 2007, it gave $2,950 to two city organizations.