Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Gwynn Park Middle School students make the grade

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The following Gwynn Park Middle School students were named to the honor roll for the second quarter:

Sixth grade — Evan Cash, Terryn Ceasar, Nigel Clark, Jordon Crockett, Jenny Ann Deocampo, Anthony Fennell II, Jas Fisher, Jordan Fonville, Troi Gilchrist-Mickins, Aunyea Hall, Dorothy Hawkins, Brendan Hicks, Dezire Jackson, Courtney James, Malik Lavarn, Brandi Mclean, Sean Nforkah, Blossom Ojukwu, Karl Ominiabohs, Kelvin Ominiabohs, Jacob Orr, Lester Overton, Joffrey Pollard, Xavier Robinson, Amber Simon, Bryce Singleton, John Tullis, Deona Ward, Taylor Weems and Tiffany Weems;

Seventh grade — Cameron Albritton-Turner, Asia Ali, Shannon Alsobrooks, Amber Andracsek, Cierra Baker, Shante Bankston, Brandi Bartee, Brittney Best, Jaevon Bonner, Devan Brooks, Jamiya Brooks, Betsy Buckler, Isaac Canty, James Capers II, Tanisha Cardwell, Ebony Carter, Christopher Casavecchia, Kara Cathion, Raven Coit, Kaitlyn Collins, Raniesha Cooper, David Crowell Jr., Tonnecce Crump, Kayla Davis, Corin Day, Oneida Diaz, Xavier Ducksworth, Aisosa Ekhator, Akanni Evans, Katlin Farrell, Kache’ Fields, Gianni Flowers, Page Frazier, Patrick Freeman, Mariama Furman, Jonathan Goldsmith, Breonna Golson, Brianna Gordon, Anthony Graham, Ross Gregory, Brian Grieninger II, Reno Gross, Krysten Gutrich, Trevon Heard, Neko Henderson, Ingri Hernandez, Timia Hord, Kayla Hough, Stephen Hyde, Amani Jamall, Brianna James, Maria Jimenez-Ochoa, Darrin Jones, Michael Jones, William King, Diony Kirkland, Mariah Lancaster, Natasha Latson, William Lewis IV, Olivia Lopez, Anthony Lynch, Bryan Matthews, Courtney Matthews, Crystal Matthews, Nicholas Matthews, Niiya Matthews, Robert Matthews, Reginald Mayfield, Marcus Mitchell, Reanna Mixon, Michael Mobley, Christina Morgal, Molly Morris, Jessica Moss, Jazmine Moulden, Travis Mudd, Giovanni Newman Jr., Candace Olaaje, Marin Page, Andre Parker, Braylon Patterson, Lopez Perez, Curtis Pope Jr., Lucie Rawlings, Cheynee Richberg, Malik Ritchie, Carlysha Robertson, Marcus Robinson, Gabrielle Rodgers, Xavier Ross, Alicia Rosser, Jeromy Russell, Keena Scott, Rolandia Sharps, John Simmons, Xavier Simpson, Collin Sims, Cydney Smith, Rachael Smith, Derek Smith Jr., Nicole Spencer, Thurman Stallings III, Destiny Stewart, Demetrius Strickland, Darell Taylor, Raelea Taylor, David Taylor Jr., Nicole Thomas, Anthony Thompson, Mieisha Thompson, Laron Toye, Olivia Turner, Tyler Turner, Grace Wallace, Jordan Wallace, Deara Warren, Akeem Washington, William Washington, Jerae Watson, Kimberly Watson, Teesha Wheeler, Jasmin Wiggins, Michael Williams, Steffanie Williams, Lashawnda Wilson, Quanykisha Wilson, Jeffrey Windsor, Amira Wortham, Desiree Wright, Jazmine Wright, Jeremiah Wright, Bria Wynn and Felicia Young.

Eighth grade — Erica Abrams, Niccolo Alfonso, Marcus Anderson, Amanda Andracsek, Brandon Banks, Yeshi Battle, Billymartin Bautista, Deja Briggs, Christina Briscoe, Tasia Brooks, Aejah Brown, Kandis Brown, Kimberlynn Brown, Kristian Brown, Sierra Brown, Joshua Burns, Jazmyn Burton, Janae Butler, Martin Campbell, Ernest Canty III, Tamea Carpenter, John Carroll, Alexa Casavecchia, Aimee Castillo, Ciarra Cofield, Kayla Collins, Caleb Cuthbertson, Jennifer-Kay Dauz, Rasheed Davis, Troy Davis, Joia Dixon, Chantal Dones, Derek Douglas, Lovell Estep, Marcus Floyd, Dorothea Fonville, Travis Francis, Shanon Garrett, Jasmine Giles, Trenton Gilstrap, Alex Gunter, Lydell Hagans Jr., Asia Hall, Shakira Harley, Shaundra Harley, Delaney Harris, Nya Harris, Jarvis Hawkins, Alexis Hayward, Hayes Hunter, Breonna Ivory, Kymberly Jackson, Breanna Johnson, Tywan Johnson Jr., Joshua Jones, Shanice Jones, Tierra Jones, Macee Lavarn, Terrance Mallory, Breanna Mason, Antanesha Mayfield, Janel Miles, Lennie Miller Jr., Danyelle Morman, James Newman Jr., Michael Page, Alexander Parker-Booker, Niya Proctor, Lauren Pruitt, Alexis J. Robinson, Bryanna Robinson, Ashley Rollins, Taylor Saunders, James Scott III, Ciera Shine, Chaniece Simmons, Kyle Smith, Nefertiti Smith, Sean Smith, Tyler Smith, Mike’la Spriggs-Massenburg, Akeem Stephenson, Rayvon Tabron, Brooke Tate, Jared Thomas, Frederique Thompson, Kumari Upshaw, Alcides Vasquez, Crystal Waller, Quinesha Washington, Taneisha Washington, Destiny Welch, Taloria Wheeler, Tyler White, Dreu Wilkins, Nicole Williams, John Windsor, Kira Windsor, Melony Woody and Shakia You.

Fort Washington residents nominated for scholarship

Victoria O’Neal and Zakiya Hutchinson of Fort Washington, both seniors at Friendly High School and members of the school’s National Honor Society, have been nominated for the National Honor Society scholarship program.

Edward Ryan, Friendly’s principal, recently announced his nomination for the competition, which is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

‘‘[O’Neal] embodies that statement because she is always working to improve herself as a person. She constantly strives for excellence in the classroom and co-curricular activities,” Ryan said.

‘‘[Hutchinson] is a great student who takes part in many curricular activities and athletics. She is very much part of everything in the school.”

Nominees for the scholarship are selected on the basis of their leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience and academic records. Students also were required to write an essay.

This year the program will award $200,000 in college scholarships.

While at Friendly, O’Neal has been president of the Social Studies Honor Society. She plans to attend North Carolina Central University this fall to study Business Administration. O’Neal is the daughter of Earl O’Neal, the president of the school’s PTSA.

Clinton school takes third in poster contest

Andrea Moore and Judy Seversen’s second-grade class at James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton took third place in the 2007 ‘‘Together We’re Better” poster contest.

The contest was held in conjunction with National Inclusive Schools Week on Dec. 3-7 to help schools celebrate the diverse abilities of all students and to highlight the importance of providing equal opportunities for children with disabilities.

The contest was conducted by The Arc of Maryland in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education and the Maryland Department of Disabilities.

Poster winners will receive a class party and teacher gift certificate. Winning posters will be displayed in the parade of posters at the award reception.

Fort Washington resident is Ambassador of the Year

Fort Washington resident Karen Knable Jackson was named the 2007 Ambassador of the Year by the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for her outstanding work raising awareness about the disease.

Jackson works to put a face on multiple sclerosis by speaking with the media, corporate decision-makers and politicians, according to a news release. She also has been featured on television — in the chapter’s annual report, and in The New York Times.

‘‘I think it is important to educate and make folks aware of what MS is and how it affects us,” Jackson said. ‘‘I am not good at fundraising, but I am great at exercising my First Amendment right to free speech. So, when the society calls and needs someone to talk, I am comfortable.‘‘

For several years, Jackson has secured thousands of dollars worth of medical supplies for Capital Challenge Walk MS, the release said. She also has spoken about employment options for people living with MS. She has served on the keynote panel at a Chapter employment program and been featured in the Society’s ‘‘Career Crossroads” DVD series, which is used across the country.

‘‘Karen is committed to helping and representing people living with MS,” said J. Christopher Broullire, president of the National Capital Chapter. ‘‘Her eloquence and sense of humor make her a terrific MS ambassador.”

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. The disease affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.