NE Student Wins Crime Stopper Prize
Quiana Chandler, who just finished fifth grade at River Terrace Elementary School in Northeast Washington, was recently honored as the city's "Crime Stopper of the Year" for placing first in a speech contest among District elementary school students who are members of the club.
Contestants developed their speeches around the title "What Crime Stoppers Means to Me." The crime-prevention club for kindergartners and grade schoolers has branches in 40 D.C. schools and dates back to 1967, when it was started by Margie Wilber of Southeast Washington, a retired State Department employee.
Wilber said the club, which has no link with the police and is funded with private donations, teaches youngsters to respect and understand the law.
Quiana, 11, joined the club last year. "We talk about what we can do to help D.C. be a better place to live," she said, adding that joining has "taught me to say no to drugs, obey all laws and respect senior citizens and myself."
Craftsman Receives Honor
Astor Moore, a craftsman at Dumbarton Oaks Research Center for 25 years, was recently given a symbol of appreciation in the form of a Harvard University chair from Dumbarton Oaks, which is affiliated with the Harvard University Board of Trustees.
Moore is a woodwork and landscape designer by trade. He creates the wooden bases for the center's collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian sculpture. He also maintains the gardens and restores antiques.
He began working at Dumbarton Oaks at age 27 after working for several years in the exhibit department at the Smithsonian.
A community activist, Moore is a former chairman of his Advisory Neighborhood Commission in Columbia Heights and founder of the Ward 1 Council, an advisory group to the D.C. Council on issues affecting that ward. He was inducted last year into the Ward 1 Hall of Fame.
Student Joins Leaders
Deollo Johnson, 19, a D.C. student who is now a junior at Duke University, was among a select group of college students who participated in the National Young Leaders conference sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council here recently.
During the intense six-day program, students from around the country get a look at all of the branches of government as well as the work of lobbyists, journalists and diplomats.
Johnson, a graduate of St. Anslem's Abbey High School in Northeast Washington, is majoring in mechanical engineering at Duke and is planning to pursue a career in automotive design. He is president of the university's Martial Arts Club and a member of the National Association of Black Engineers and Black Student Life.
Nearly Perfect Attendance
They didn't have quite the record of Kimberly Moses, who wowed the city this year with a record 13 years of perfect attendance, but four local high school students also graduated with near-perfect attendance records.
Honored with plaques and cash awards from McDonald's restaurants were Camesha Cooper of Eastern High School, who had 12 years of perfect attendance, Robinne Thorton of H.D. Woodson High School and Phillip Frazier of Woodrow Wilson High School with 11 years, and Stanley Harris, also of Woodrow Wilson High School, who had 10 years.