Teachers Honored

Three Prince George's County teachers were among 12 in Maryland who achieved the highest standards in the teaching profession, according to the Maryland State Teachers Association.

Barri Hershkowitz of Chapel Forge Special Center, Holly Jurin of Yorktown Elementary School and Angela Tirdill of Woodmore Elementary School qualified for the "elite" group based on a rigorous program that provides national board certification in teaching. The certification is a voluntary process that assesses teachers' knowledge of subject matter and their ability to effectively teach specific subjects to students and manage and measure student learning.

Professor Appointed

Ira Berlin, a history professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a presidential appointee on the National Council on the Humanities, an advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the award-winning author of "Many Thousands Gone" and "Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation."

Grant Awarded

The Alliance of Southern Prince George's Communities Inc. received a $100,000 grant from Cloverleaf Enterprises, the parent company of Rosecroft Raceway. The alliance is a nonprofit whose mission is to "build a stronger community by helping others to help themselves." Priorities include education, social services, community outreach and economic empowerment.

Senior OlympianEsko E. Hallila of Temple Hills won four swimming medals (two gold, one silver and one bronze) at the Maryland Senior Olympic Games at Towson University in September. Before that, he established four records at the Maryland Senior Olympic Games, also at Towson, in March. Hallila, 78, swam in the 75 to 79 age category in freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke events.

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