World Olympic skating stars held a skating clinic for athletes from the Special Olympics program last week in a salute to the mentally retarded figure skaters and speed skaters in the Washington area who will compete March 25-29 in the Third International Winter Special Olympics Games in Park City, Utah, and Salt Lake City.

The Special Olympians will compete with more than 800 athletes from the United States and 12 nations in the International Games, which will offer competition in Alpine and Nordic skiing, speed skating and figure skating.

Speed skater Greg Osgood, 15, of Rockville, and figure skater Candy Talley, 13, of Silver Spring, were among the Special Olympians who attended the clinic, hosted by former Olympians Scott Hamilton, Elaine Zayak and Peter and Kitty Carruthers, who are touring with the Ice Capades.

DeVance Walker Jr., a minority affairs officer for the Montgomery County government, has received this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Walker was commended for "tireless efforts to create better living conditions for people in all walks of life; for always being available to lend a helping hand, and for being an inspiration and a voice for the underprivileged." Walker has worked with the county government for five years.

The Shaare Tefila congregation in Silver Spring will honor its outgoing executive director, Marshall Levin, at a ceremony Saturday after Sabbath services. Levin left the White Oak Conservative synagogue after 2 1/2 years to become editor in chief of Woodbine House Inc. book publishers in Kensington.

Forty young Maryland men and women selected from 650 applicants on the basis of scholastic records, recommendations and personal interviews have been nominated to the four U.S. service academies by Sen. Charles McC. Mathias Jr. (R-Md.).

They are William A. Dodge, Michael P. Donnelly, Marvin G. Campbell, Arthur Gibb III, Joseph F. Testa, Mark D. Garrison, Matthew L. Groom, Craig J. Washington, Glenn R. Stratakes and Kevin G. Shanley, U.S. Naval Academy; Felicia A. Ciesko, Stephen M. Dolbey, James G. Dolphin, Perry B. Kirwan, Jeffrey S. Menapeace, Eric T. Meyers, Douglas A. Nutter, John C. Rayfield, Stanley C. Underwood and Terry W. Virts Jr., U.S. Air Force Academy.

Paul E. DiePhaus, Jan-Kees Genemans, Christopher E. Garvey, Thomas A. Pecoraro, Jason M. Perreca, Robert T. Petrosino, John W. Scherer III, Susan B. Seaman, Matthew G. St. Clair and Anthony S. Terrell, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; James R. Bauernschmidt, Robert A. Boyer, John S. Kim, Christopher H. LaRosa, Paul A. Mele, Benjamin M. Sim, Leslie T. Steele, Frank D. Sturek, Steven J. Svoboda and Christopher J. Vaka, U.S. Military Academy.

Final selection will be made by each service academy.

Lois M. Roberts has been awarded a $200 career advancement scholarship from the Potomac Business and Professional Women's Club. She will use it to help finance her studies at Frederick County Vocational Technical School, where she is studying to become a licensed practical nurse. Club president Mary Elizabeth Dietterle presented the award.

The Youth Symphony of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestras recently traveled to Valhalla, N.Y., for a joint concert with the West Chester Youth Orchestra, which performed here last year as part of an exchange program. The symphony, made up of high school musicians in Montgomery County, performed works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky and did some sightseeing in New York City.

Luis Peraza, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, is the winner of a contest to design the cover of the 1985 Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce Community Guide. The photo by Peraza, which will appear on the 10,000 copies to be printed and distributed in late winter, depicts construction in Bethesda.

-- Frances Sauve

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