A principal and three teachers from inner-city Catholic schools were recently honored as outstanding in their fields by the Catholic Inner City Development Group.
Wilma Durham, of St. Thomas More School in Southeast, was selected as the year's outstanding principal from a field of 17 in the Archdiocese of Washington. Durham began her career in 1968 teaching at St. Cecilia's Academy, a Catholic high school for girls on Capitol Hill, where she was made assistant principal after one year. In 1980 she was named principal of Assumption School in Southeast, and in 1988 she was named principal of St. Thomas More as well, serving at the helm of both schools until last fall.
Durham, a resident of Upper Marlboro, is also the founder of Martin Luther King Jr. AV Christian School in Southeast, which she started in 1982 and owns and runs privately. The school cares for 120 students in kindergarten through second grade.
Sister Clotilde Riley, of St. Anthony School in Northeast, was honored for 27 years of outstanding service. She has taught the third and fourth grades and is now a full-time assistant librarian at the school.
Mae Young has taught at St. Gabriel's School in Northwest for 21 years. The school's vice principal, Young teaches fifth- through eighth-grade science and directs the school's safety patrol.
Helen Bowers, of Holy Name School in Northeast, was honored for twenty years of service to the school, mostly as a seventh-grade teacher.
The three teachers received $100 awards from the Catholic Inner City Development Group. Youth Guards Honored
Two young District crossing guards were honored last week for their outstanding performances in the line of duty.
Raeshawn Turner, 11, and Richard Parks Jr., 12, fifth-graders at Orr Elementary School in Southeast, were struck by a car last October while guarding a group of children.
The impact sent them 24 to 30 feet and injured them so badly they missed three months of school, said a spokesman of the American Automobile Association Potomac region. AAA gave the youths $100 savings bonds.Scholastic Awards
The District's Commission on Latino Community Development last Thursday presented 26 Hispanic public school students with $25 savings bonds for their scholastic achievements.
Clery Mendoza, a senior at Bell Multicultural High School who is also being considered for a scholarship from the commission, came from Peru in 1987 to live with her sister, Mirta. Mendoza, an avid volleyball player, hopes to study nursing at the University of the District of Columbia and eventually work her way through medical school.
Edelmira Aguayo, the youngest recipient, is a first-grader at Patterson Elementary School in Southeast. Originally from Mexico, she lives here with her parents, who work at Bolling Air Force Base.
Mario Alvarez left his family at age 14 to come to Washington to study. He has just received his general equivalency diploma at the Gordon Adult Education Center, and wants to study business administration. He too has applied for a scholarship from the commission.
Other recipients: William Alas, Sonia Amores, Cely Arqueta, Gesly Avalos, Ismania Bonilla, Jacqueline Camero, Susana Cordova, Blanca Galvez, Nelson Guerriero, Mirna Lovos, Doya Alicia Maravilla, Mario I. Mendez, Ronmel Navas, Janette Pena, Guadalupe Quinteros, Wendy Ramirez, Janira Reyes, Jose Sorto, Delores Bonilla, Agustin Chicas, Aida L. Hernandez, Virginia Miranda and Mirna Pacheco.