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Montgomery County School Notes

-- Third, Jennifer Kuo, Thomas S. Wootton High School.

Other agencies supporting the awards program are the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education.

Bohrer Scholarships Aid 4 Gaithersburg Students

Four Gaithersburg students have each received a $2,500 Edward Bohrer Jr. Memorial Character Counts! scholarship, sponsored by the W. Edward Bohrer Memorial Fund, DRS Technologies and Rodgers Consulting.

The scholarships, named for a former Gaithersburg mayor, are given annually to high school seniors who embody the six pillars of the municipality's Character Counts! program: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

This year's winners, all from Gaithersburg High School, are Francisco Cartagena, Veronica Henrique-Lopez, Abdul Wahla and Audrey Wandji.

Fifty students have received more than $107,000 to use toward college tuition since the scholarship fund was founded 10 years ago.

For information on the Character Counts! program, call 301-258-6395 or visit

Youth Ambassadors Help Community Soup Kitchen

Gaithersburg Middle School's Youth Ambassadors, a weekly after-school program that teaches students the importance of leadership and community service, purchased, assembled and delivered more than 450 bags of healthy snacks to the Lord's Table Community Soup Kitchen in Gaithersburg this month. The program has donated more than 800 bags in the past year.

The project has been nominated for Maryland's monthly Sherry Unger Award, which recognizes noteworthy community service projects at public elementary, middle and high schools.

During the semester-long program, students spend seven weeks learning about leadership through educational exercises and spend five weeks completing a service project, program coordinator Afarin Homer said. The program, in its second year, includes about 25 students, and more than 30 students joined a waiting list for the program this semester, said Homer, who is also the school's PTA vice president and founder and president of Youth Leadership Training Academy.

For information on the Sherry Unger Award, visit

Paint Branch Foundation Rewards Winning Essays

The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation's board of directors awarded $500 scholarships to each of five senior students at an awards ceremony.

The scholarships were awarded based on student essays, which answered the question "What does 'Yes, I Can!' mean for my educational future?"

The recipients were Jared Adkins, Karen Bernstein, Charlie Brimmer, Daniel Gregoire and Luis Valdez-Lopez.

This is the first set of scholarships to be awarded by the two-year-old foundation, which will strive to award funds to students annually. For information, visit

-- Compiled by SARAH MARSTON

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