John H. Smith IV, a 1987 T.C. Williams High School graduate, has been awarded a four-year National Achievement Scholarship for Outstanding Negro Students.
The scholarship was sponsored by Virginia Tech. Smith is among about 150 winners who will receive the scholarships, which are supported by about 40 U.S. colleges. More than 75,000 black students asked to be considered for the 1987 Achievement Program when they took the PSAT/NMSQT, the screening test for the competition.
Smith was captain of the varsity football and track teams and received the Most Valuable Player Award for varsity track, the Coach's Award in football, the Outstanding Athletic and Academic Achievement Award and the Leadership Award. Smith hopes to major in electrical engineering.
Solar Gets Citizen Award
Simon Solar, a community leader of the Del Ray Citizens Association, has been presented the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.
In a citywide "Adopt-A-Park" program, designed as an incentive for park maintenance, Solar provided the essential support for turning the Oxford Avenue Park into a safe and favorite place for neighborhood residents. Solar also has assisted the Del Ray Citizens Association in its philanthropic efforts on behalf of neighborhood group homes and such youth programs as Camp Grimm, the YMCA and the "Reading is Fundamental" program.
The Outstanding Citizen Award is presented to the Alexandria resident volunteer who has provided valuable service to park and recreation programs in the city.
2 Attend Drug Conference
Two T.C. Williams High School students attended the third summer conference of the Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project, which is funded by the Virginia Department of Education under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986.
The conference was held at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. The students are Mary Moran of West Uhler Terrace and Vicki Southard of Davis Avenue. The drug abuse prevention program is designed to train student leaders to develop school-based programs to prevent alcohol and drug abuse and to reduce the rate of alcohol-related accidents among teen-agers. The organization was founded on the belief that teen-agers are more likely to be influenced by their peers.
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