Alexandra Will and Rena Schweizer

Science Fair Finalists

Alexandra Will, 13, of Rockville, and Rena Schweizer, 14, of Chevy Chase, were chosen as two of 40 national finalists in the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge this month at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Alexandra's project, "Do People's Preconceived Opinions Affect Their Decision," and Rena's project, "Are Antibacterial Products Dangerous to Your Health," were chosen for the challenge from among 1,171 fifth- through eighth-graders who entered the competition.

Edward T. McMahon

Won Conservation Award

Edward T. McMahon, of Takoma Park, won one of nine annual Chevron Conservation Awards earlier this month. The awards honor individuals and groups that protect and enhance renewable resources. McMahon, director of the American Greenways Program of the Conservation Fund, provides legal and technical advice to more than 200 communities across the country on issues ranging from growth management to land-use control.

Jillian Cutler

Marshall Scholar

Jillian Cutler, of Bethesda, received a 1999 British Marshall Scholarship to study social and political sciences at Cambridge University. Cutler, who has cerebral palsy, campaigned to persuade the testing body of the LSAT to make provisions for disabled students wishing to take the exam.

Elizabeth Retler

Volunteer Award

Elizabeth Retler, of Woodbine, received the "You Make a Difference" award from Frances Hughes Glendening, first lady of the state of Maryland, for seven years of volunteer service to Hospice of Howard County, an affiliate of Hospice of Baltimore.

Retler has worked as a patient care volunteer providing respite care, companionship, emotional support, transportation, meals and a listening ear to patients and their families. She also has helped out with administrative tasks such as maintaining records and has helped prepare for the Taste and Silent Auction of Howard County, the hospice's annual fund-raiser. She is serving her second term on the Howard County Foundation Board and her first term on the Hospice of Baltimore Board.

Jan W. Clark

Community Service Award

Jan W. Clark, of Pasadena, has received Anne Arundel Community College's 1999 President's Community Service Award. Clark, the president and CEO of County National Bank, has served for nine years as director and treasurer of the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. He also has served as a director and treasurer of the North Arundel Hospital Foundation.

John Page Williams Jr.

Environmental Education Award

John Page Williams Jr., senior naturalist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been given the 1999 Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award.

Williams, a resident of Anne Arundel County, was recognized for his environmental teaching career, which includes work at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine, Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania and St. Christopher's School in Richmond.

YWCA Volunteer and Leadership Awards

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel honored several volunteers at its annual meeting last month. Derby Hirst, of Annapolis, received the 1999 Maggie Boone Moss Founders Award for the leadership work she did when she lived in Texas and for her recent work in Annapolis as member of the YWCA's Board of Directors. She also has worked to get funding for national exposure of the Strong Girls' Club Curriculum for children who are witness to domestic violence.

Margurite Askew, of Severna Park, received a Leadership Award for her founding of the YWCA's Tribute to Women of Color program, which has provided more than $500,000 in scholarships to women graduating from area high schools. Jerrilyn Spiegel, of Severna Park, also received a Leadership Award for her work as chairman of the TWIN (Tribute to Women of Industry) program.

Service Awards were presented to Annapolis residents Mary Britt, for her volunteer work in career services; David Grigg, for volunteering many hours in doing general facility maintenance; and Judy Holmes, for fund-raising. Penny Hopkins, of Severna Park, also received a Service Award for her commitment to YWCA public relations and the Strong Girls' Club Project.


The volunteers of Meals on Wheels of Howard County received the Howard County Community Group 1999 Volunteer of the Year Award.

The program provided more than 7,000 volunteer hours packing and delivering meals, with volunteers driving more than 75,000 miles delivering meals and assisting Howard County residents who were at nutritional risk for 260 days of the year.