Youth's Service to Others Cited
Kemo Fredericks, a sixth-grader at J.C. Nalle Elementary School, was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award Tuesday by the nonprofit agency So Others Might Eat.
It is the second year that the agency in Southeast, which provides services for the homeless and the elderly, presented an award in honor of the civil rights leader. The purpose, organizers said, is to honor a youth who reaches out to others in the community in the spirit of peace and justice.
Teachers who nominated Kemo said they were impressed with the young man, whose family suffered severe financial difficulties this year but who nevertheless organized a food collection drive at his school to help other families during the Christmas season. Kemo, 13, also is in charge of his school post office. Teachers say that when he notices someone doesn't get much mail, he writes them a letter to lift their spirits.
He also is the chaplain for his school's Student Advisory Council, helping to organize the other children and keeping order at council meetings, said his principal, Shirley Williams. "He is always giving of himself and stepping in to do whatever he can to make a situation work," she said. "He deals with his circumstance in a most admirable manner." Trinity College Honors Six Educators
Trinity College recently presented its annual President's Medal for Excellence in Teaching to six local educators, one of them posthumously. The award honors alumnae of the college in Northeast and professionals who work as partners in education there, according to Trinity President Patricia McGuire.
Among those honored was Sister Jane Blizzard, a 1964 Trinity graduate, who joined the math department at Archbishop Carroll High School in 1989 after teaching at several other local schools, including Holy Trinity Grade School on N Street NW and the Academy of Notre Dame on K Street NW.
Also honored was Christine Easterling, who teaches in the graduate education program at Trinity and is also head of the Coolidge High School Teaching Professions program, which offers special training to students who want to be teachers; Sister Mary Berchmans Hannan, a 1956 Trinity graduate, who is president and former head mistress of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School; Judith Fornilli Pauley, a 1958 graduate of Trinity, who teaches science and chemistry at the Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac; and Brenda Richards, principal of Shaed Elementary School in Northeast, who taught for years at Taft Junior High School and who also teaches workshops in the Trinity College graduate program.
The late Ann Cook Coluzzi, an English and humanities teacher at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts who died of cancer last July, also was honored. A 1953 graduate of Trinity College, she had received a coveted grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities last March to underwrite a special humanities education program.