Good Housekeeping Awards
Good Housekeeping Awards for March and April were presented to the custodial staffs of three Alexandria schools by Paul Masem, Alexandria superintendent of schools, and Judy Seltz, School Board chairman. The Outstanding Housekeeping Award went to the custodial staff of Mount Vernon Elementary School, made up of Harry Simms, building engineer; Ozie Ward, head custodian, and Marie Charity, Frank Sanders, Lera Saunders, Mary Scruggs and Mary Williams, custodians. The honorable mention award went to the Patrick Henry Elementary School custodial staff of Calvin Murphy, building engineer, and Albert Benton, Thomas Jordan and Marilyn Peace, custodians. The Most Improved Award went to the George Mason Elementary School custodial staff of Billy Wilburn, head custodian, and Linwood Armstrong, Samuel Mireku and Leon Stevens, custodians. Outstanding Service
Michael Gemmell and A. William Perkins were honored last month at the Alexandria United Way Annual Dinner for outstanding community service. Gemmell, outgoing chairman of the Alexandria United Way for the past two years, was cited for his involvement in a variety of community activities, including volunteer service with the Emergency Medical Services Council, which oversees ambulance services in Alexandria. He is also one of the founders of Alexandrians for Teen Health.
Perkins was honored for his work on behalf of retarded and needy citizens of Alexandria. He was one of the founders of Sheltered Homes of Alexandria, group homes for needy and abused youth, and has held a number of volunteer positions for Carpenter's Shelter for the homeless, including treasurer and chairman of the bylaws committee.
Residential Youth Services Inc., the Black Cultural Alliance of T.C. Williams High School, and the students of Episcopal High School were awarded the Alexandria Gazette Packet Community Service Awards, which are given to organizations. Residential Youth Services Inc. was cited for its dedication to helping the youth of Northern Virginia. The Black Cultural Alliance, a student organization that seeks to increase black participation in community service, was cited for increasing student participation in Red Cross blood drives. The Episcopal High students were honored for their work to increase the student body's community involvement.
Pria Kochar, a senior at T.C. Williams High School, received the United Way's Bill Perkins Outstanding Youth Service Award. Kochar, who saw the need for an organization to help foreign students adjust to their new environment, founded and is active in a student group, P.A.L.S. (Peers are Listening and Supporting). The award is named in honor of A. William Perkins, a longtime volunteer for the United Way.
Jack Egertson, who has volunteered with the Alexandria Mental Health Center in a variety of positions, and Marcy Ubois, who fosters volunteerism within the Alexandria City Public School community, received the Joan White Awards from the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau. The awards, named in honor of the late Alexandria Volunteer Bureau's chairman, honor grass-roots volunteer achievement. Kathy Barwick Scholarships
Violinists Annie Ho, a junior at T.C. Williams High School, Robin Brunstrum, a ninth grader at Francis C. Hammond Junior High School, and Elaine Dilawari, a ninth grader at George Washington Junior High School, have been awarded Kathy Barwick Scholarships to the Virginia Music Camp at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., from June 24 through June 30.
The winners were chosen by their orchestra directors on the basis of talent, attitude, dependability, loyality to the school music program and enthusiasm for music. In addition, each applicant was required to write an essay on their qualifications and desire to attend the camp.
The scholarships have been awarded annually for the past 20 years to an orchestra member from each of the city's secondary schools by William and Joyce Barwick of Alexandria, in memory of their daughter, Kathy Barwick, who died of leukemia in 1969. She had played the violin in the T.C. Orchestra and attended the Virginia Music Camp.
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