AARP Honors McKinley Tech
McKinley Tech High School is the recipient of a $100,000 award from AARP. The Ethel Percy Andrus Legacy Award, named after the organization's founder, recognizes a public high school in the city that has an innovative program that connects generations or fosters greater civic engagement among the community.
McKinley Tech was selected from a competitive list of high schools throughout the city. It was chosen for its Project SWEEP Jr. (Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program), through which 250 of its students volunteer in city cleanup projects with the Department of Public Works. The program teaches students about the environment, builds leadership skills and fosters engagement with the community.
The award was presented last week by Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP, Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and Denise Rolark Barnes, president of AARP's D.C. office.
Howard Senior Wins Award
Daniel Gilmer, a senior at Howard University, is one of five young scientists to receive a 2008 Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study. Named after the late James H. Gilliam Jr., a trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the competitive fellowship provides full support for up to five years of study toward a doctorate in the sciences at any institution of higher learning in the United States.
Gilmer is the first Howard University student to be chosen for the prestigious award. A native of Orlando, Fla., Gilmer has done missionary work in Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. It was during a 2005 trip to South Africa that he decided to pursue a doctorate after seeing the intense need for research to help treat the life-threatening diseases that plague the nation.
"I knew I enjoyed biology, and also community service," he said. "I figured bringing the two together, that would be medicine."
Gilliam fellowships provide talented undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds with summer research experiences in the labs of the Institute's investigators and professors. The students use the fellowships to gain the knowledge and experience needed to address the world's health-care challenges as researchers and physician-scientists.
The other four fellowship winners are from Hunter College, Cornell University, Washington University in St. Louis and Carnegie Mellon University.
Black History Swim Meet
Hundreds of swimmers from across the country will compete in the District this weekend in the 22nd Black History Invitational Swim Meet, a yearly contest established by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the United Black Fund.
The annual two-day annual swimming event, the first of its kind to commemorate Black History Month, is intended to provide healthy competition for the nation's urban youth as well as a chance to visit Washington. More than 700 minority swimmers, ages 5 to 18, will compete for the top prize. Dominique Dawes, a member of the 1996 Gold Medal-winning women's Olympic gymnastics team and the first African American to win an individual-event gymnastics medal, will speak to the teams during the last practice scheduled for tomorrow morning.
The meet will be held Saturday and Sunday and is separated into three sessions: Ages 13 to 18 kick off at 6 a.m.; ages 8 and younger begin at 10:30 a.m.; and at 9- to 12-year-olds will race at 2:30 p.m.. The free event will take place at Takoma Aquatics Facility, 300 Van Buren St. NW. For more information, call 202-671-0335.
Meals Program Seeks Hosts
The District's Free Summer Meals Program is recruiting organizations to sponsor and serve as host sites this summer. The program, administered by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education's Nutrition Services Department, offers free meals to all children 18 and younger, regardless of race, national origin, marital status, disability, source of income or place of residence.
Organizations that provide meals during the summer program are reimbursed for serving up to two meals per day. Eligible organizations include public or private nonprofit school food authorities, faith- and community-based organizations, housing authorities and other units of local or municipal governments, and public or private nonprofit day or overnight summer camps.
Applications are due May 16. For information, go to http:/
-- Compiled by JILLIAN S. JARRETT