School Notes

School Notes

Thursday, July 26, 2007

McKinley Tech Graduate Receives Scholarship

Derrick Davis, a graduate of McKinley Technical High School, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from V-Tech Solutions, an information technology and professional services company based in the District. In response to a challenge by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to the business community, V-Tech president and chief executive Victor Holt started the Denetrious Holt Memorial Scholarship, which benefits a student at McKinley Tech.

Davis, who will attend the Art Institute of Pittsburg this fall, was one of the top information technology students at McKinley. He has volunteered for the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society. He was also recently selected for a leadership-training program sponsored by the Naval Research Laboratory.

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), D.C. Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Lang and Holt presented the award to Davis at a ceremony last month.

Arts Group Offers Spaces for Rent Downtown

WVSA ART's connection, formerly Washington Very Special Arts, is leasing space in its renovated office building to raise money. Rooms in the building at 1100 16th St. NW can be rented as part of the "Top of the ART" program. All proceeds will go toward programs at the nonprofit group, which provides vocational arts education to students with special needs, talents and abilities.

WVSA has four settings -- the main gallery, conference room, great room and terrace -- available for meetings, receptions, parties, dinners, fundraisers and gallery openings. The terrace offers views of the White House and the Washington Monument.

The organization offers programs that help children with special needs learn the tools for success. Through the ARTiculate program, students ages 14 to 25 learn social and life-management skills to gain a greater sense of self-awareness and reach their highest potential.

For more information, call Samar Modonpour at 202-261-0233 or go to

Scholarship Golf Tourney Registration Open

A golf tournament to raise money for high school students will be at 7 a.m. Aug. 4 at Langston Legacy Golf Course, 2600 Benning Rd. NE. The annual tournament, sponsored by the Langston Junior Golf Club, provides college scholarships to high school seniors involved in its programs.

Golfers can register online to play as a single or a twosome. A fee of $100 per player is required. Residents are encouraged to bring their family and friends to play or to support of the students. The fee and any donations are tax deductible.

To sign up, go to or write to Ray Savoy, P.O. Box 48112, Washington, D.C. 20002.

YMCA Hosts Annual Thingamajig Challenge

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington will host its 13th annual Thingamajig Challenge from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro. This year's competition will feature environmentally friendly inventions from more than 3,500 children ages 5 to 14. The event is free to the public.

Competitors design inventions that cost $20 or less and are made of recycled materials. The competition aims to give children a chance to exercise their imaginations, learn basic technology and scientific principles, and practice problem-solving skills. A variety of workshops, activities and games will be available.

For more information, call 800-473-YMCA or go to

-- Compiled by JILLIAN S. JARRETT

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