USS Frederick on a Mission

This month, the USS Frederick--the last tank landing ship on active duty--will be led by Capt. John Merna, of Lanham, in a "show the flag" deployment in the South China Sea. The mission is a way of showing U.S. military presence in foreign waters. The ship--named in honor of the Maryland city--is used to load transport cargo to take to combat sites.

Merna is the commander of the Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines MCBH. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1990 and became the commanding officer of the Echo Company in December 1997. Upon returning from this mission in mid-September, he will relinquish his command due to his recent promotion to major.

Students Get Scholarships

Five Prince George's County students received college scholarships from the Kappa Epsilon Lambda chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Scholarships were awarded based on academics, SAT scores and financial need.

The recipients, who graduated from high school in the spring: Barrington B. Baynes, of Gwynn Park High School, who received $3,000 and plans to study secondary education at Temple University; Reginald W. Butler, of Suitland High School, who received $1,000 and plans to study computer science at Florida A&M University; Uchenna R. Onyewu, of Parkdale High School, who received $1,000 and plans to study computer science at the University of Maryland; Keinon K. Samuel, of Fairmont High School, who received $1,500 and plans to major in premed at the University of Maryland; and Kamuzu-Ngwazi R. Saunders, of Suitland High, who received $1,000 and plans to study marketing at Florida A&M.

U-Md. Economist Honored

University of Maryland economist Herman Daly was awarded the Sophie Award, an international prize that annually recognizes efforts to protect the global environment. Daly, a professor in Maryland's School of Public Affairs, will share the $100,000 prize with Thomas Kocherry, of India. The award applauds the individual work of both men in their quests to combat the adverse effects of economic globalization and the depletion of natural resources.

Daly, a former World Bank senior economist, was one of 35 candidates for this year's award. The committee decided to give the award to both Daly and Kocherry because they felt it was a good idea to combine Kocherry's grass-roots efforts to protect marine resources with the academic approach of Daly.

His controversial ideas have received widespread attention in recent years. In 1996, he was awarded the Dr. A.H. Heineken prize for environmental sciences by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Also in 1996, he won the Right to Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize.

Program Selects Scholar

A Prince George's County public school student has been selected by Tuskegee University in Alabama to participate in their Minority Introduction to Engineering Pre-College Program. Darren Wesley Taylor, of Oxon Hill High School, is among 31 students nationwide who will spend a week during the summer on the Tuskegee University campus engaging in research, attending seminars and field trips and performing experiments. Each event is designed to introduce and motivate minority high school students to consider engineering as a career.

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