3 Win Merit Scholarships

Three Prince George's County public school students are among 2,400 U.S. winners of National Merit Scholarships. David Ubben, of Gwynn Park High School, and Diana Hugue and Jason Burek, of Eleanor Roosevelt High School, each received the highly competitive scholarships to attend the University of Maryland.

The awards are funded with grants from about 600 independent sponsors: 400 businesses and 200 colleges. The nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corp., based in Illinois, distributes the awards, which pay between $250 and $2,000 annually toward tuition.

11 Schools Receive Grants

The Prince George's Education Foundation has presented more than $9,000 in grants to 11 county schools to fund innovative instructional programs this summer. The summer grant awards ranged from $464 to $1,000. Grant sponsors include AT&T, Bell Atlantic, the Gazette Newspapers and UPS. Among those receiving $1,000 grants are a sports academy, a summertime reading program and Quality Education in Science and Technology. The Educational Foundation, created in 1997, provides resources for supplemental educational programs and opportunities for students, teachers and parents. A second series of grants will be awarded this fall.

4 Students Get Scholarships

Four Prince George's County public school students are recipients of $1,500 scholarships from the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources program. The students are among 19 recipients from the Washington region. The four recipients from the county are Natali Fani and Rosa Lee Romero, of Northwestern High School; Dalissa Yamel Cruz, of High Point High School; and Mario David Salas, of Laurel High School.

All of the scholarship winners will be recognized at an awards reception Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gannett Co./USA Today headquarters in Arlington.

Musical Production Scheduled

The music department of Kingsford Elementary Magnet School will present its original production, "Song of Africa," on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 4 p.m. The musical weaves several authentic African tales into a single plot, where the characters explore the triumph of good over evil, the need to use one's head to outwit a foe and the need to look beyond the obvious for underlying truth. Kingsford Elementary is at 1401 Enterprise Rd. in Mitchellville. For more information, contact Bill Lynch at 301-390-0260 or 301-699-9564.

School Administrator Honored

The Catholic Business Network of Prince George's County recently named Heather Gossart, president and chief executive of Bishop McNamara High School, its High School Administrator of the Year. Gossart has served as an educator and administrator for the last 30 years. She has taught in Thailand and has held the position of vice principal at St. Bernard's School in Riverdale and at LaReine High School in Suitland. From 1988 to 1996, she also served as principal of St. Mark's School in Hyattsville. Gossart is the first female president/chief executive to be elected as the head of a Holy Cross school in the United States. She serves as the chairwoman of the Archdiocesan Presidents Association, works with the Archdiocesan Admissions Committee and is a charter member of the Prince George's County Catholic Business Network.

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