Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Four east county schools receive ‘green’ awards

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Several local schools were recently designated as ‘‘green schools” from the state department of natural resources for their environmental education and practices, according to a news release from the department.

Takoma Park Middle School, Piney Branch Middle School, East Silver Spring Elementary School and Oakland Terrace Elementary School were among eight Montgomery County schools and 69 across the state that were honored a ceremony.

The Maryland Green Schools Award Program recognizes Maryland schools that meet certain criteria by including environmental education in the curricula, using model best management practices on campus, and addressing community environmental issues, according to the release.

Board recognizesscholarship recipients

Several local winners of $1,000 scholarships from two different groups were recently recognized by the county board of education.

Montgomery Blair High School students Brian Ting-Wei Chang and Ariel La and Springbrook High School student Tiffany Ann Eng each won scholarships from the Asian American Education Association for being committed to becoming an elementary or secondary school teacher, according to a board of education news release.

John F. Kennedy High School students Daniel Ahn, Rais Khan and Karidad Yitbarek, Montgomery Blair student Tim Peng, Paint Branch High School student Zachery Graves and Albert Einstein High School student Brittany Hodges all received scholarships from the George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, according to the release, for their high academic achievement.

County announcesgraphic design winners

Students from Montgomery College, Northwood High School and James Hubert Blake High School were among the winners of a county-sponsored graphic design contest for high school and college students called ‘‘Global Warming: Make It Hotter.” The competition was created to encourage residents to take actions that can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, according to a news release from the county Department of Environmental Protection.

Montgomery College student Melissa Selss was the overall winner in the college category, while fellow Montgomery College students Wing Cheung and Kristen Varney were named runners-up. In the high school competition, Northwood High School student Jeffrey Gabler and James Hubert Blake High School student Daniel Nwagbara were named as runners-up. The winning designs can be seen at⁄DEP.

Calvary Lutheran names valedictorian, salutatorian

Calvary Lutheran School in Silver Spring has announced this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian. They are Opeymi Solaru (3.81 grade-point avrage) and Emma Guyot (3.71 GPA), according to a news release from the school.

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