Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Rockledge Elementary picks Write-A-Book winners

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Rockledge Elementary School recently selected the winners of its Write-A-Book project that will be entered into a county competition. Teachers judged submissions from kindergartners through fifth-graders and chose the winning books in each grade and subject area.

‘‘I think a lot of them did an excellent job; they saw what classmates had done in previous years and kind of modeled after that,” said special education teacher Kirsten Hauck. ‘‘They really took inspiration after last years winners.”

There were 193 books entered in this year’s Write-a-Book projects. The following were chosen to compete in the county competition:

Fifth grade — Non-fiction: ‘‘Me and My Life at Hidden Haven” by Taylor Bendlin; ‘‘The Border Collie” by Patrick Cable. Illustrated Fiction: ‘‘The Adventures of Joey the Kid Detective: No. 2 Vacation Disaster” by Darius Fullwood; ‘‘Astro Boy” by Leslie Jones-Dove; ‘‘Katheren Mead” by Elizabeth Voigt; ‘‘Day Dreamer” by Maurice Collins. Picture Book: ‘‘Adventures of the Elementric Solar System” by Jordan Crisler; ‘‘Ben and Ken” by Marcela Sanidad. Poetry: ‘‘Book of Poems” by Reginald Connally.

Fourth grade — Non-fiction: ‘‘Wild Book of Facts” by Kiri Aist. Illustrated Fiction: ‘‘The Adventures of Blinky and Princess” by Bryce Rakshys. Picture Book: ‘‘Little Cronto” by Zack Bryson; ‘‘Top Ten Reasons People Get in Car Crashes” by Trey Alexander; ‘‘The Money Tree” by Allie DeGrouchy. Poetry: ‘‘Peaceful Poet” by Chloe Thompson; ‘‘Poetry” by Phillip Harding.

Third grade — Illustrated Fiction: ‘‘Super Sister” by Adia Chaney. Picture Book: ‘‘What Should I Be?” by Jaden Burnett; ‘‘Rabbit vs. Wolf Race” by Tyrell Toefield; ‘‘Tom Meets the Alien” by Colton Dick; ‘‘C.J., Ruby and the Magic Star” by C.J. Mead; ‘‘Suspense” by Daniel Delgado; ‘‘The Space Present” by Trent Ashton and Diego Principe.

Second grade — Picture Book: ‘‘The Aliens” by Alexei Sanidad; ‘‘Chester’s First Halloween” by Evan Rakshys; ‘‘The Butterflies” by Claudia Carter.

Kindergarten — Picture Book: ‘‘The Snow Girls” by Jennifer Crisler.

Rockledge Elementaryto hold PTA auction

On Friday, the Rockledge Elementary School will host its annual PTA auction. The adult-only event will provide parents the chance to bid on prizes for themselves and their children. Some items up for bid include a day serving as principal of the school or as a police officer. Other items will include gift baskets and local business or restaurant gifts. The auction will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at Florian Hall at 13701 Old Jericho Park Road. The auction will have a Mardi Gras theme and refreshments will be provided.

Bowie native makesMarietta College dean’s list

Marietta College student Aaron T. Lattanzi of Bowie was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2007 semester. Students named to the Ohio college’s dean’s list must have a grade point average of 3 to 3.49 that semester. Lattanzi is the son of Denise and Francis Joseph Lattanzi of Bowie and a graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville. He is working toward a degree in broadcasting.

Bowie High’s Navy JROTC to hold military inspection

The Bowie High School Navy JROTC will participate in its 15th annual military inspection Feb. 21.

Cmdr. Michael Hayes will determine whether the unit has achieved its Distinguished Unit status for the 2007-2008 school year. The unit’s enrollment and cadet grade point averages will be reviewed. The cadets also will have their uniforms inspected and various departments, such as supplies, will also be reviewed.

If the Navy JROTC earns the Distinguished Unit Award, the unit’s instructors or Bowie High School’s principal will be able to make three student nominations to each of the military service academies.

Members of the community who would like to attend should arrive at Bowie High School between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m.

Gallery event plannedat Overdue Recognition

This weekend, Overdue Recognition art gallery in Bowie will host ‘‘Shapes in Color,” featuring the works of artist Anthony Armstrong. An opening reception is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and the gallery will be open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. The gallery will feature the newest originals by Armstrong and his Civil Rights Series, including ‘‘To the Colored Waiting Room.” The gallery is located at 6816 Race Track Road.

County residents complete Citizen’s Police Academy

The Community Policing Institute celebrated the graduation of the Citizens’ Police Academy Session 24 on Jan. 28 and recognized 24 Prince George’s County residents who completed 12 weeks of training. Graduates completed 36 hours of instruction that covered a variety of topics such as criminal and traffic law, arrest procedures and judgment enhancement training. The CPA was started in 1991 and during that time approximately 500 citizens have graduated.

This session’s graduates include: Olivia D. Baker, Latasca E. Bankins, Michelle R. Burke-Storer, Donald W. Chappell, Loreina Chappell, Barbara J. Durant-Bey, Michele D. Green, Robert F. Hampson, Marla F. Jefferson, Kenneth Ira Jenkins, Deniva B. Johnson, Mina L. Johnson, Peggy Magee, Tammy Maguire, Bobby Martin, Rochelle Brooke Metzger, Mary A. McKelvin, Karen S. Murray, Arvind K. N. Nandedkar, Martha Newman, Beth Reed, Barbara Jazmin Rivera, Barry J. Schlossberg and Renee U. Wilson.

‘‘As a class, we have a better understanding and appreciation of our police department and the men and women who serve our community. We leave here having more knowledge about our police department and look forward to continuing a positive partnership with our partners in law enforcement,” said Schlossberg of Upper Marlboro.

In his remarks to the graduates, Chief Melvin C. High said, ‘‘The commitment you’ve made for us, for our county and for our communities make you an example that each of us can make a difference, that we can decide what is acceptable in our communities and that ultimately we define our communities.”

Lanham girl participatesin leadership conference

Nylah Diggs, a Lanham resident and eighth-grader at Thomas Johnson Middle School, participated in the National Young Leaders State Conference held Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 in Chevy Chase.

Diggs, 13, is an honors student at Thomas Johnson and has volunteered at La Petite Academy in Mitchellville and at Resurrection Bible Church in Bowie.

Throughout the four-day leadership conference, attendees built a working ‘‘tool kit” of strategies to help them successfully create and implement plans that will change how they view their roles as leaders in their communities, according to an NYLSC press release.

The Congressional Youth Leadership Council, a nonpartisan educational organization, sponsored the conference.