B'nai B'rith Women Honor Smith School Headmistress

Shulamith Elster, headmistress of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, has been named the recipient of the B'nai B'rith Women's "Woman of Valor" award. Elster will be recognized for contributing to society and the community by enhancing the lives of children through quality education. The award will be presented at a brunch at Woodmont Country Club in March, to coincide with Women's History Month.

The Smith School is coeducational and independent, serving 1,000 students.

Past recepients of the award include U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Parents Music Resource Center founder Tipper Gore.

4-H Scholarship Winners

Gaithersburg area resident Stacy Stabler has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Gertrude L. Warren Scholarship Fund for her work in the 4-H program. She is one of six 4-H members nationwide to receive national 4-H career scholarships provided by the fund. Stabler, a member for eight years, designed a computer program to analyze the eating habits of teenagers and conducted 27 radon tests in her community before test kits became available to the public. She also organized a sewing workshop to make hats for chemotherapy patients and conducted eye screenings at the Montgomery County Fair.

Stabler attended the National 4-H Conference in the District earlier this year and served as president of the Clover Clan 4-H Club and the Montgomery County 4-H Beef Club. She is a Maryland 4-H All Star, has served on the state 4-H Teen Council for two years and last year was named Montgomery County Fair Queen.

A freshman at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Stabler is studying genetic engineering.

Three Howard County teenagers, Jenny Brewer, Nicole Plenge and Bethany Alderson, also have received scholarships for their work in national 4-H programs.

Brewer, 18, of Ellicott City, was one of six 4-H members to receive national clothing and textiles scholarships from Coast & Clark and the Singer Sewing Co. Fellow Ellicott City resident Plenge, 17, was awarded a national photography scholarship from Eastman Kodak Co.

Alderson, 16, of Laurel, received a consumer education scholarship from the RJR Nabisco Foundation.

All three teenagers accepted their awards at the 69th National 4-H Congress in Chicago earlier this month.