Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Thornton Friends students present Earth Day proceeds

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Photo submitted by Barbara Wille, Thornton Friends School
Thornton Friends School junior Therese Robbins of Mt. Rainier presents a check for the school’s Earth Day benefit to Sandy Nichie of The Monarch Effect, an environmental organization. The benefit raised more than $600.
Students and faculty from Thornton Friends School gathered May 1 to thank volunteers who worked on the school’s Earth Day benefit and to present the proceeds.

Therese Robbins, a junior from Mt. Rainier, organized the benefit, which was held April 18 at Thornton’s Middle School on New Hampshire Avenue. Five bands and more than 200 guests raised more than $650 for environmental charities in honor of Earth Day. Receiving the check at the May 1 ceremony was Sandy Nitchie of Takoma Park on behalf of The Monarch Effect, a nonprofit that promotes environmental changes. The money will be used to help create butterfly gardens in the area.

Three students namedpresidential scholars

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.

Kindergartner placessecond in story contest

Jennifer Henriquez from Silver Spring placed second in the 14th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest for her inventive story ‘‘Skippy the Squirrel and the Nut Tree” a story about impulses and a touching example of doing the right thing. Maryland Public Television received more than 200 enchanting storybooks from young authors across the state in kindergarten through third grade.

Stories were evaluated on creative expression, storytelling, originality and integration of original illustrations. Each grade was judged separately with three total winners selected per grade.

Henriquez and other regional winners and their families were honored Saturday in a celebration at MPT where she received valuable prizes, a trophy and a savings bond. All winning stories will be highlighted on MPT’s education Web site and first-place winners’ stories will include a video podcast.

Harmony Hillsto host spring fair

A spring fair sponsored by the Harmony Hills Elementary School PTA will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 13407 Lydia St., Silver Spring. There will be games and prizes, a moon bounce, train, basket raffles, food, and face painting. A rain date is set for May 31.

Cannon Road students win media productions awards

A dozen students from Cannon Road Elementary School received awards April 18 at the Montgomery County Schools Media Festival Awards Program held at the American Film Institute, according to a release from the school. The contest is held annually to interest students in media production and have their work critiqued by experts.

Students from Cannon Road’s Directors and Composers Club won the following two awards in the ‘‘Live Action” category:

First Place: The Amazing Auto Refill (Live Action Persuasive), Morgan Reich, Matthew Guerrera, Nicole Granados, Laurence Coletti.

Second Place: 2008 Pop Star Presidential Elections (Live Action Entertaining). Amanda Ly, Leah Jennings, Lorenzo Neil, Michaun Pierre, Mona Seyoum, Kimberly Mirand, Gustavo Quintero-Rodriguez.

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 are:

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

Poolesville: Kobena Waters, medicine

Walt Whitman: Justin Krumm, medicine

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