Sobriety Effort Honored

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program recently recognized a student group at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg with a Geico Student Award for promoting alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles. The winning groups, which each received $500, were chosen by the alcohol program and by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Committee. The four other winners represent schools in the District and in Montgomery, Arlington and Fairfax counties.

Student groups were judged on their leadership, effectiveness, innovation and involvement of both the student body and community in efforts to prevent underage drinking. At Elizabeth Seton, the student group conducted activities such as "Bring Your Own Banana," a fundraiser featuring banana splits, and operated an "Internet Sobriety" program. They also examined the consequences of alcohol abuse, such as teen pregnancy.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program is a public-private coalition formed in 1982 to fight drunken driving and underage drinking in the Washington area.

Arts Center Gets Check

U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) recently presented the Bowie Regional Arts Vision Association with a check for $160,000 in federal funding that he helped secure for completion of the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, a new facility adjacent to Bowie High School. The project now has received $500,000 in federal funds. The cost of the center is expected to total $13.7 million, paid for in part by local government funds and donations.

The completed center will include an 800-seat theater, a recital hall and a lobby that can accommodate performances and civic events. It will also have a 500-space parking lot and will be fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Public and private school students will be able to use the center for rehearsals, performances, classes and after-school activities. The Bowie Regional Arts Vision Association anticipates that 55,000 patrons will visit the center each year.

The facility is expected to be completed by mid-August, according to the Bowie Regional Arts Vision Association's quarterly report.

College Graduation Event

The 45th commencement ceremony at Prince George's Community College in Largo will be held at 7 p.m. May 27 in Novak Field House. More than 900 students are expected to graduate.

Ronald A. Williams, president of the community college, will present honorary degrees to commencement speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Herschel Blumberg, president and owner of University Town Center, home of the college's Hyattsville site.

There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony in the Largo Student Center.

'The Wiz' Returns

Colours Performing Arts, a countywide after-school arts program, will perform "The Wiz" at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. This is an encore performance of a December production.

All tickets are $4, with proceeds benefiting the Colours Senior Scholarship Program for 2004 graduates.

For more information, call 301-454-8388 or visit www.colours.org.

-- Compiled by WILLIE PUGH

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