Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Three county students named presidential scholars

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Three students in the Montgomery County Public School system have been named Presidential Scholars, an award given to 131 outstanding high school seniors nationwide.

Julie Zhu and Christina Zou of Montgomery Blair High School and Benjamin B. Lu of Richard Montgomery High School were honored for academic achievement. Zhu was one of only two students in the United States named both for academic and arts recognition, according to a news release from MCPS.

In June the winners will attend a weeklong program in Washington, D.C.

The scholars were selected based on their academic and artistic ability, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education.

The three students also were honored recently with $2,500 National Merit Scholarship Awards.

Club raises funds, awareness for HIV⁄AIDS in India

The Desi Club at Springbrook High School recently hosted a series of fundraising events to help raise awareness about HIV⁄AIDS in India and has raised more than $550, according to a news release from the school.

The group has collected student and faculty donations during lunch periods, shown the movie ‘‘Fanaa” April 29 and May 1 to promote the south Asian culture, and hosted a speaker from Student Partnership Worldwide.

Flea market, carnivalat Burtonsville ES

A flea market and carnival will be held Saturday at Burtonsville Elementary School, 15516 Old Columbia Pike. The flea market will be held 8 a.m. to noon. The carnival, which will feature games and food, will be held noon to 5 p.m. For the carnival, cost is $8 per wristband, $15 for two and $20 for a family of four. Proceeds benefit the PTA. Call Larry Edmonds at 240-381-3984.

Students receive National Achievement Scholarships

Seven students from Montgomery County Public Schools have been named winners in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for outstanding African-American students.

They are among about 700 students selected from a national pool who will receive $2,500 scholarships, according to a news release from MCPS.

The students and their intended career fields include:

Montgomery Blair: Malcolm Foley, business; Betsir Zemen, psychiatry

Col. Zadok Magruder: Melinda Paul, emergency medicine

John F. Kennedy: Zuri Sullivan, biomedical research

Paint Branch: Sanata Sy-Sahande, foreign service

Walt Whitman: Justin Krumm, medicine

Blake studentwins poster contest

James Hubert Blake High School junior Brendan Lipton was recently awarded first place in the ‘‘Don’t Throw It Away, Recycle Every Day” Poster Contest sponsored by Montgomery County Public Schools and Waste Management, according to a news release.

Lipton placed first in the high school multimedia 3-D category and will receive a $30 gift certificate. His school will receive $100. The award will be presented Tuesday at a dinner reception and awards ceremony hosted by the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building.

Carving to honor teacher

Cloverly Elementary School plans to commission a work of art in memory of Helen Heffner, a teacher in Montgomery County for 30 years who taught fifth-grade at Cloverly from 1989 until her retirement in 2001 and died March 23.

The piece will be a carving of Curious Cubs, the school’s mascot, made from the trunk of a 75-year-old oak tree that was taken down during construction of the school’s gymnasium. A Helen Heffner Memorial Fund is being created to help defray the cost. To donate to the fund, contact Terry Long at the school for information at 301-989-5770.

Teens asked to make films for summer reading contest

Entries are being sought for the Teen Summer Reading 2008 Video Contest. Videos may range from short commercials to mini movies but must be no longer than five minutes.

The theme of this year’s reading program is ‘‘metamorphosis” or the concept of a change. The videos must also include the following information: Montgomery County Public Libraries, Teen Summer Reading 2008 and the dates – June 12 to Aug. 15, 2008.

The content must be original and videos must feature proper language, clothing and behavior. The contest was developed by teen members of the Teensite Advisory Group in cooperation with Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Teens can register at their local libraries or through Teensite on the Montgomery County Public Libraries homepage –⁄library. Deadline is Tuesday. Videos may be e-mailed to or put on a DVD and taken to the local library.

Paint Branch seniorsto be honored at dinner

Paint Branch High School will hold its Top Scholars Dinner Monday to honor 19 seniors in the top 5 percent of the class of 2008.The student will be presented with plaques for their academic work in the last four years.

The students being honored are: Angela Aloi, Katherine Atallah, Nathalie Baptiste, Sarah Blanchard, Shanu Eapen, Christina Heng, Kyle MacNamara, Claudia Ngo, Chinyere Okunji, Linh Pham, Chelsea Preister, Rachel Rosario, Sehar Sabir, Nicholas Schmedding, Evan Smith, Sanata Sy-Sahande, Michelle Tabisz, Noelle Tom-Wigfield, Xuemin Zhang.

Blake to hold book sale

James Hubert Blake High School will hold a used book sale 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Books, videos, DVDs, cassettes and CDs will be on sale. Call 301-622-7924 or e-mail for information.

Media Showcase at Blake

The annual Media Showcase at James Hubert Blake High School will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the school, 300 Norwood Road. Community members can experience Eubie TV’s finest student video production from the 2007-2008 school year.

Student productions include documentaries, opinions and daily news.

Call 301-879-1300.

Schools to put onspring performances

Several eastern Montgomery County schools are holding spring theater performances.

*Benjamin Banneker: ‘‘Rock ‘n Soul Revue 7” Friday and Saturday at the school, 14800 Perrywood Drive, Burtonsville. Call 301-989-5747.

*A. Mario Loiederman: ‘‘The Music Man Jr.” 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the school, 12701 Goodhill Road, Silver Spring. Cost is $4 for students and $6 for adults. Call 301-929-2282.

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