Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Area students earn Merit awards

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Several area high school graduates are among 17 additional county students who will receive college or university National Merit Scholarships.

The latest group raises the number for the 2006-2007 school year to 68. Last year, MCPS students were awarded 58 Merit Scholarships.

Recipients from area schools include:

*Walter Johnson: Diana R. Alkire, University of Maryland, art.

*Richard Montgomery: Zao Chen, University of Maryland, finance; and Anna K. Haraseyko, University of Maryland, education⁄music.

*Thomas S. Wootton: Ethan A. Kraus, Tufts University, law; and Nadav O. Rindler, Washington University in St. Louis, undecided.

Meals on Wheelsin desperate need of help

The Meals on Wheels program that serves the Leisure World area in Aspen Hill is in critical need of volunteers to deliver meals to individuals who are homebound, frail and elderly.

Volunteers pick up pre-packaged meals at Leisure World and then return the empty cooler and containers to the same location after they have delivered the meals to clients of the program.

To volunteer or for more information, call Karen Saul at 410-730-9476 or toll-free at 1-866-558-0827.

For more information on Meals on Wheels, log on to

Rockville residents to help make wishes come true

Several Rockville residents are training for the 24th annual Make-A-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony in Delaware.

Hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic on Sept. 16 in Bethany Beach, Del., the annual event raises money to fulfill the wishes of area children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Rockville’s Mark Kren found out about the 1.5-kilometer (.9-mile) ocean swim, 40-kilometer (24.8-mile) bike and 10-kilometer (6.3-mile) race from a co-worker whose child had a wish fulfilled by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to visit Walt Disney World.

Kren and his colleagues form a relay team each year to compete. Last year, they came in third in their division. This year, they are hoping for a first-place finish.

Kren, who races in several triathlons throughout the year, finds the motivation to complete in this race in the cause that it supports.

‘‘At the start of the race, one of the wish kids shares his or her story about what they’re going through and what it means for them,” he said.

Kren was able to raise the minimum $300 pledge in just 12 hours by sending an e-mail to family and friends.

Other participating Rockville residents are Adrian Farquhar and Ben Metlis.

Up to 1,000 athletes will participate in this year’s event. Applications to race are still available and volunteers are needed. For more information, call 301-962-9474 or

Goddard School to hold charity event

The Goddard School at King Farm, located at 900 Gaither Road in Rockville, will hold a St. Jude Trike-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from 10 a.m. to noon July 31.

The Rockville community is invited to participate.

The school will expose pre-schoolers to using riding toys safely through a weeklong activity and provide a parent-awareness program that involves the parents in safe behavior practices to help ensure their child’s well being, school owner Ross Flax said. For more information, call 301-330-2300.

RFL offers campscholarships

The Rockville Football league, which has been providing youth football opportunities to children in Rockville and surrounding areas for more than 40 years, has established a scholarship program to help families send children to football or cheerleading summer camps.

To be eligible, a child must participate in the Montgomery County Public Schools free lunch program and either have played in the RFL in 2006 or be registered to play in 2007.

Registration for the fall season is available on the RFL Web site at The RFL Scholarships are available for attendance at approved youth camps such as those conducted at Rockville, Wootton, Bullis, Good Counsel, Dematha, St John’s (D.C.) and Georgetown Prep high schools. Other camps may be approved by request.

To apply for a scholarship, send an e-mail to or call 301-365-2200 with name, address, birthdate, telephone number, school attended and last RFL team on which the child played or cheered.

Scholarships are funded by donations collected during registration and proceeds from sponsors.

The only deadline is the start of the camp and the capacity. The dates of the approved camps are on the RFL Web site.

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