Seventeen residents from Prince George's County will be honored later this month at the region's first Forty Under 40 High Achievers Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Boney and Associates, a special events company.
The awards are targeted at the black and Hispanic communities and are designed to honor success stories that represent the diversity within the community.
Honorees from the county are Bruce Brown, of TeleVideo and Film Inc.; Jonathan R. Butler, of the D.C. Department of Contracting and Procurement; Daron D. Fullwood, of Merrill Lynch & Co.; Michael A. Graves, of PepsiCo Inc.; Darryl Grayson, of Positive Communications Inc.; Triscina Grey, of WHUR; Marcia Michele Griffith, of the Hairlox Co.; Alison F. Henderson, a chiropractor; Capt. Christopher C. Herring, of the Air Force; Greg D. Hunter, of Sprint PCS; Calvin L. Johnson, of the Athletes Foot; Michelle Lam Moone, of the Moone Group Inc.; Carla A. Nelson, of Visionary Network Consultants Inc.; Donna Richardson, a fitness expert; Capt. Jannell M. Robbs, of the Prince George's County police department; Alphonso A. Tillman, of Tillman Protective Services; and Sheila Vaden-Williams, of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.
Essay Contest Winners
A writing contest for area students themed "My Mother Is the Best Because . . ." drew 150 contestants. All essays were displayed at the Walker Mill Center in Capitol Heights, which sponsored the contest.
Jonathan Hatch, an eighth-grader at Walker Mill Middle School, was the first-place winner. He wrote about his mother, Penny Hatch, and the many promises she kept to him, including coming back safely from active duty in the Persian Gulf War.
Shenae Hooker, an eighth-grader at Greenbelt Middle School, placed second. She wrote about her mother, Brenda Hooker, as being her best friend.
Tristan Ewell, an eighth-grader at Walker Mill Middle School, placed third. He boasted about his mother, Loretta Ewell, and how her cooking "can make any food taste good," including lima beans and asparagus.
The City of District Heights Citizen Action Patrol, a neighborhood watch group, received an award from the U.S. Department of Justice in recognition of exemplary performance, initiative and commitment in fostering and reserving public safety in Maryland.
Spirit of Giving
The Greenbelt Council Advisory Committee on Education presented its fifth annual ACE awards to 14 students--one boy and one girl--from each of the seven schools in Greenbelt. Students were honored for their "spirit of giving" to their school or to the community as a whole.
This year's awardees are Jeffrey Levius and Shannon Pearson, from Greenbelt Elementary School; Jeffrey Flores and Deleshia Hart, from Springhill Lake Elementary School; Kin HuLamm and Karen Garcia, from Magnolia Elementary School; Mark Grant and Laura Povinale, from St. Hugh's School; Jebadiah Boseck and Ayanna Butler, from Greenbelt Middle School; Adrian Zein and Dionna Casey, from Robert Goddard Middle School; and Seung Yun Kim and Adelaide Ellse Barnes, from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
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