Youths Make Debut

Two District youngsters made their stage debuts last week in Arena Stage's production of the "Caucasian Chalk Circle."

Raphael Angelo Clarke, 6, a student at Our Lady of Victory in Anacostia, and Langston Wood Shaw, 6, of Stevens Elementary School in Northwest, were selected from a group of about 50 boys to take turns playing the coveted role of Michael.

The play revolves around Michael, an abandoned child taken in by a maid. Four other children appear in bit parts in the show, including Raphael's sister Zhalisa, but the role of Michael is the principal speaking role for a child. Arena Stage does multiple casting for children's role to avoid overworking the child.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle will run until Oct. 28.

When he is not acting, Raphael is a student of the martial arts and plays the violin. Langston, who lives in the Stanton Park area of Northwest, plays football and the violin.

YMCA Center Fills Post

Barton Stone, of Southeast, is the new associate director of the YMCA's Urban Program Center, in charge of the day-to-day operations.

A volunteer basketball coach with the YMCA 10 years ago, Stone has been the program director of the center and the program director for the Anthony Bowen YMCA.

Resident Makes Soviet Tour

Corrine Santerian, a third-year resident in pediatrics at Georgetown Hospital, joined the USA Youth All-Stars as team physician on a baseball tour to the Soviet Union this summer.

The team of local players, ages 10 to 17, made the tour to introduce baseball to young people in the Soviet Union.

The team members from across the country were selected on the basis of athletic ability, and the trip was sponsored by the Lombardi Foundation and Integration Communication International.

The trip was a 12-day tour of Moscow and Tblisi, a city in Soviet Georgia.

Red Cross Cites Volunteers

The National Capital Red Cross has named Margaret Crawford and Candace Avent, both of Northwest, as the chapter's volunteers of the year.

They were selected from a pool of adult and youth nominees.

Crawford is a teacher at Bancroft Elementary School in Northwest, where she is coordinator of the Red Cross club, which does a variety of projects to help the needy and visits residents in local nursing homes.

Avent is a senior at Wilson High School who has been volunteering for five years as part of her school Red Cross club. She also has taken leadership training and is now a certified educator for student volunteers.

Professor Named Chairman

Ronald W. Walters, a professor of political science at Howard University since 1973, has been named the new chairman of the Political Science Department.

The author of several books, including "Black Presidential Politics in America," Walters has written more than 90 articles and research works on African affairs and American black politics. He holds master's and doctorate degrees from American University.