High-Jump Contestant

Dawn Dawson, a second-year student at Prince George's Community College recently competed in Los Angeles in the World Games for the Deaf. Although she sustained a pulled muscle and was unable to compete in the 400-yard relay she did enter the high jump where she placed fifth.

Dawson has been a runner since age 9, although her speciality is the high jump. Named to Orphans' Court

David M. Valderrama was appointed by Gov. Hughes to fill the vacant seat on the Prince George's County Orphans' Court. The ceremony took place at the Upper Marlboro courthouse. Valderrama is first vice-chair of the county Democratic Central Committee.

A graduate of Far Eastern University in the Philippines and a prominent figure in the Asian-American community, he is the first Asian to hold this office in Maryland. B'nai B'rith Holiday Gift

The B'nai B'rith Free State Lodge of Silver Spring is offering its annual holiday contribution to the community.

For the eighth consecutive year, its members will be taking over nontechnical duties at Holy Cross Hospital on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to allow Christian employes to enjoy the holiday with their families. This is part of Operation Brotherhood, a 35-year-old project with several thousand members participating around the world. Christmas Tree Search

Frank Gouin and John Kundt, horticulture researchers from the University of Maryland, may be responsible for the perfect Christmas tree in future years. Each winter they scour hundreds of acres of logged-over timberland in Southern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore looking for nothing less than perfect Christmas trees for Maryland. When they such trees, they dig them up and transport them back to experimental greenhouses on the College Park campus. They expect to produce enough seed in the next four or five years to meet the demands of Maryland growers.