Graduate Moving On

At 21, Megan Rupp, who grew up in the Northwest neighborhood of Forest Hills, is on her way to Telluride, Colo., to work for a property management firm.

But if history is any indication, Colorado is getting more than just another young corporate worker. Rupp was honored recently with a D.C. community service award for her outstanding work with several Neighborhood Planning Councils, elected groups responsible for organizing training programs for city youths.

Last summer, Rupp, a Georgetown University graduate, planned, supervised and implemented a new job-skills program called "The Community for Careers" for young people ages 13 to 21.

Working with the city's Summer Youth Employment Program, Rupp's program reached more than 100 young people in Northwest, teaching them basic job skills, computer training and job search techniques.

In college, Rupp worked with District Outreach, a fund-raising group for local charities. The foreign service major also took a short leave before graduation to work with the immigration program of Catholic Charities.

"I really enjoy community involvement, and feel {good} that I was part of the network of service providers" in the District, she said. Thanksgiving Awards

Last week, five local people were honored at Catholic University with 17th Annual Thanksgiving Tuesday awards for making life a little brighter for Washingtonians.

Honored were Charles W. Brooks, organizer of the Charles W. Brooks Youth Organization, which offers counseling services and organized activities such as drill teams to city youth; R. Jack Powell, chief executive officer of a marketing company and a longtime advocate for paralyzed veterans and other disabled people; the Rev. John Adams, founder of the So Others Might Eat food and social service outreach program; Kent Amos, president of a consulting firm and a personal mentor to 50 D.C. youths; and Debbie Freiburg, a pediatric nurse in the cancer ward at Children's Hospital.

Freiburg has worked for 12 years in the unit that treats children with chronic and progressive diseases. Colleagues there say she is always trying to liven up the days of her patients. To allow them to spend their last days at home, for example, she volunteers to provide them with home care after work hours and on her days off.

Her explanation is straightforward: "My work here is about trying to make the quality of their life the focus, since we are not sure about the quantity." Filmmaker Gets Grant

Local filmmaker Sarah Mondale has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. As president of Stone Lantern Films, on 14th Street NW, she produces and directs documentaries and real-life dramas.

Her latest film, co-produced with her partner Sarah Patton, was "Asylum," the one-hour award-winning documentary on the history of St. Elizabeths Hospital that aired last year on PBS.

She is now directing and co-producing a documentary on the life and work of the French novelist Marcel Proust.