'Most Beautiful Youth'

Binta P. Mamadou, 18, received the Prince George's County "Most Beautiful Youth" award. The honor, which she received for leadership, creativity, academic achievement and community service, is part of the Maryland, You are Beautiful, campaign. She will be honored at a ceremony to be held Nov. 3 at the State House in Annapolis.

Mamadou, who lives in Fort Washington, is a senior at Friendly High School, where she maintains a 4.14 grade-point average. She is a member of the National French and Honor societies and is the senior class president. She also serves as a delegate to the Maryland 2000 Youth Commission and volunteers as a tour guide and student ambassador at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Mamadou was nominated by a school counselor. She was then reviewed by three of her peers, who were chosen from the Prince George's County Summer Jobs Program. The selection committee included Brian Gregg, 20, a student at Morgan State University; Dawn Thomas, 18, a graduate of Suitland High School now attending Prince George's Community College; and Jerry Jones III, 16, a student at Suitland High School.

Prince George's is the only county to extend this award program to youths.

Scholarships Awarded

Science Systems and Applications Inc. awarded scholarship money totaling $15,000 to four dependents of its employees in its Lanham and New York offices.

Local awardees were Rommel Zara, of Laurel, and Bindu Gambhir, of Silver Spring, both of whom currently attend the University of Maryland. They were selected based on an application that included an educational plan and an essay. Also considered were their academic history, activities and community service.

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