Twenty-four Washington students were among the 28 honored by the March of Dimes on Monday as Reading Champions.
Under the program, youngsters raise money to fight birth defects by finding sponsors to pledge funds for every book read. The winners, the students who read the most, bested a field of 1,000 participants from 38 area schools.
Barbara Bush, wife of Vice President George Bush, is national honorary chairman of the program, and Washington Redskin Jeff Bostic and his wife Lynn serve as local chairmen.
The 1986 Reading Champions are: David Kirkpatrick, Ellery Kirkpatrick, Mardi Pinkney and Lashundra Rucker of Anne Beers Elementary; Kenya Grant, Delores Mosley, Tamara Speight, Veronica Speight and Nicole Taylor of Draper Elementary; Adam Calderon, Mark Diamond, Andrew Palfreyman, Juan-Paublo Mancia and Connor Schell of Horace Mann Elementary; Robert Lutzker, Meghan McElheny and Alicia Wasserman of John Eaton Elementary; Anthony Byrd, Anthony Rhodes and Joseph Weaver of Sharpe Health, and Ashley Schuth, David Seydel, Brian Petterson and Thaddeus Verhoff of Stoddert Elementary.
The National Association of Biology Teachers has named The Rev. Raymond Leliiof Gonzaga College High School as the 1986 Outstanding Biology Teacher for the District.
Lelii has taught biology at Gonzaga for the past 22 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Loyola College and a master's degree from Fordham University.
"The program attempts to identify outstanding biology teachers in 53 states and territories," said Patricia McWethy, executive director of NABT. Selection is based on knowledge and teaching procedures.
"He started the science fair at Gonzaga, which is considered one of the finest in the area," McWethy said of Lelii. Lelii also coaches Gonzaga's tennis team and directs the Fathers' Club, Science Club and holiday food drives.
Scholarship to Germany
Alayna Gaines of Southeast, a sophomore at Ballou Senior High School, has been awarded a Congress-Bundestag scholarship to spend a year in West Germany.
The scholarship is sponsored by Youth for Understanding, an international education organization. Gaines will leave in July for a month in Frankfurt, where she will be instructed in the German language. After that, she will move to the home of a family.
"It's a challenge to do something very new and very different," said Gaines, adding that her family members "are nervous, but they are very proud of me."
Gaines is a member of the National Honor Society and the school choir and is active in the Mount Moriah Baptist Church.
Gaines said that she expects to miss Washington, her friends and her home, "but I hope to make Germany like my second home."