Officer Wins Free Weekend

A District police officer who captured a homicide suspect has won a free weekend for two at a Washington hotel.

The prize is part of a monthly award program initiated last year by Police Chief Isaac Fulwood Jr. to boost morale and recognize patrol officers for their day-to-day work.

Allen Coaxum, 21, who joined the force eight months ago, won the award this month for arresting a man wanted for the Nov. 6. stabbing of a 17-year-old Suitland man. The stabbing occurred during an argument after an automible accident at 17th and East Capitol streets SE.

Coaxum said he had gone to high school with the suspect and spotted him a few weeks after the incident while on routine patrol. He called for assistance and arrested the suspect within minutes, he said.

The police department is giving Coaxum a plaque and $150. The Hotel Association of Washington is donating the room.

Recognition for Those Who Care

Concerned Black Men Inc. recently honored four Washingtonians and two organizations for efforts to support building communication between men and city youths.

Honored were Elbe Davis, principal of Stanton Elementary School; Willy Hankerson, president of the nonprofit Men of Distinction; Ella McCall, a social worker with the D.C. Department of Human Services; and Frederick B. Phillips, president of the Progressive Life Institute.

Also honored were the United Black Fund, which underwrites outreach programs, and local television station WRC-TV (Channel 4).

Future Black History Maker Award

Deidre Lee, a 16-year-old junior at Benjamin Banneker High School, was honored last month as a national winner in McDonald's annual salute to future black history makers, a two-year-old program of recognition for outstanding high school leaders.

To participate, students submit an application and a 1,000-word essay on what they will do to forge black history. Hundreds of students nationwide participate in the annual program.

Lee wrote that she intends to help create a society of mentors who would take a special interest in the development of urban minority youth.

As part of her award package, which includes $1,000 worth of McDonald's stock, Lee will be featured in a teen summit on Black Entertainment Television, as well as a national advertising campaign highlighting future black history makers. The TV show will air Feb. 24.

Nine other Washington high school students were local finalists in the nationwide competition. They were: Quincy Bernstine, Georgetown Day; Andrene Gordon, National Cathedral School; Diallo Hall, Cardozo High School; Tracy High, Georgetown Day; Taylora O'Bryant, Banneker High School; Jonathan Pinkney, H.D. Woodson High; Lydia Washington, Woodrow Wilson High; Jazman Watts, Cardozo High; and Michael Winter, Wilson High.