In last week's People column, the name of swimmer Alison Israel, 13, was omitted from an item about the Oyster Pearles swim team. (Published 6/21/90)
Taft Wins Video Contest
Eight aspiring video performers won every student and faculty member at Taft Junior High School in Northeast a new pair of K-Swiss sneakers.
Last Thursday, rap star L.L. Cool J presented the shoes, the first prize in a citywide contest of school video productions.
The contest, which was open to teams of one to 10 students from the 27 District public junior high schools, was to make the best musical or theatrical video that supported the theme "Stay in School."
In the Taft entry, Haamid Al-Majid, 14, plays a troubled student and Samantha Lott, 13, plays his teacher. After Al-Majid walks out of his class, Steven Tyner, 14, Azim Al-Salam, 13, and Terance Porter, 15, begin to rap about the effect of his decision, joined in dance by Erica Johnson, 13, Tarra Tolbert, 13, and Carmelita Wilson, 12. The video closes with Al-Majid returning to his class and apologizing.
Four judges, including L.L. Cool J, picked Taft's video from 20 entries on the basis of its creativity, content, originality and potential effect on student attitudes.
After the winning entry was selected, Channel 50 (WFTY) sent a crew to Taft to tape the video for presentation later this year.
The three runner-up schools, Kelly Miller Junior High School, Browne Junior High School and Evans Junior High School, all in Northeast, will each receive $500 worth of athletic equipment.
Centenarian's Life Celebrated
Viola Krug, a 70-year resident of Brookland, turned 100 Tuesday, but Saturday was her day to celebrate amid 250 family members who came from as far as California and Florida to toast the centenarian with a special Mass and birthday reception at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Monroe Street NE.
A lively, spirited woman, married for more than 43 years to local house painter William Krug, Viola Krug had 11 children, 26 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren, most of whom live in the Washington area.
Her two surviving children, Eileen Krug and Adele Flannery, both of Brookland, planned Saturday's reunion, where the cake could not contain all 100 candles.
Granddaughter Bev Carter, of Woodbridge, said her grandmother attributes her long life to the hard work required to rear a family and create a warm and loving home. But the rest of the family said they believed it was Viola Krug's positive approach to life.
"She never says a negative word about anyone," Carter said.
NW Professor to Head Girls Inc.
Girls Incorporated, previously known as the Girls Clubs of America, has a new president.
Roselyn Payne Epps, of Northwest, is currently a professor of pediatrics and child health at Howard University and is a visiting professor at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes for Health in Bethesda. At NIH, Epps is developing training methods for doctors who help children quit smoking.
Girls Incorporated is a nationwide organization that for 45 years has focused its attention on helping teenage girls grow to become responsible women. Among its central issues today: adolescent pregnancy, eating disorders, AIDS and sexual biases in the workplace. The organization changed its name this year to give itself a more serious reputation and update its image for the '90s.
Epps has degrees from Howard, Johns Hopkins and American universities. Her husband, Charles, is a physician, as are three of her four grown children.
Society to Induct Businessman
The Greater Washington Society of Association Executives is set to make Jack Morton, founder of Jack Morton Productions and a resident of Spring Valley, an honorary member.
The first honorary member to be inducted into the association in more than a decade, Morton is being honored for his more than 50 years as a local business leader. He opened his downtown company in 1938 to produce musical and theatrical shows for business meetings and conventions. Over the years, those shows included such performers as Jack Benny and Louis Armstrong. Recently, the company has brought in such artists as Crystal Gayle, George Burns and Tony Bennett.
Swimmers Head for Jr. Olympics
Twelve members of the Oyster Pearls -- a synchronized swim team from Adams-Morgan's Marie Reed Pool -- will compete in the Junior Olympics Region 2 Championships in Frederick, Md., next week.
The swimmers qualified for the regional championships by placing in a meet last month in Rockville. The team was the only District team to compete.
The swimmers' ages range from 7 to 13. Team members include: Laura Campbell, 12; Claudia Lujan, 11; Sameena Mulla, 13; Jessica Lopez, 13; Holton Arms, 11; Elizabeth Rieser-Murphy, 11; Elizabeth Holman, 10; Ashley Israel, 7; Ama Tablada, 11; Rebecca Lemos, 10; Aisha Parrish, 13, and Loren Becker, 10.
The swimmers are coached by LoriAnn Signori, director of Oyster Creative Activities at Oyster Bilingual Elementary School.