Students Honored for 'Olympics'

Ten students from five District high schools were recently honored by the District's NAACP chapter for their performances in ACT-SO, the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.

The competition had 25 categories, including scientific, technological and artistic. The students won gold, silver or bronze medals. Gold medalists will travel to Philadelphia in July to compete in the National ACT-SO, which is sponsored by the national NAACP.

Gold medals were won by three students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts: Brandon Camphor for vocal contemporary, Jabari Anderson for instrumental classical and Gregory Watkins for both instrumental contemporary and vocal classic. Aja Taylor, from School Without Walls, won in the dramatics category.

Silver medalists were Ruth Tamrat, Georgetown Visitation Prep School, for biology; TaKeyia Dickens, School Without Walls, dance; Sabrina Bardonille, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, painting; and Jabari Anderson, Duke Ellington, instrumental contemporary.

Bronze medal winners were: from Duke Ellington, Gregory Watkins, for vocal contemporary, and Brandon Camphor, vocal classic; from Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy, Ryan Waddy for drawing, Amaris Lee for dance, and Ryan Waddy and Michael Jolley for painting; and Aja Taylor, School Without Walls, for original essay.

Passport Services Expanded

Two post offices in the District were recently equipped to offer passport services, and an additional six offices will be equipped by next month, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

The two post offices offering passport services are Frederick Douglass, 2833 Alabama Ave. SE, and Curseen-Morris, 900 Brentwood Rd. The following post offices will begin offering passport services June 1: Brightwood Station, 6323 Georgia Ave. NW; Cleveland Park Station, 3430 Connecticut Ave. NW; National Capital Station, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE; Southwest Station, 45 L St. SW; 20th St. Station, 2001 M St. NW; and Washington Square Station, 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW.

More information is available at, or by calling 800-ASK-USPS.

Bicycle Safety Classes Offered

The D.C. Department of Transportation and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association are holding classes to promote bicycle safety. The sessions include tips for basic bicycle maintenance. Participants should be at least 18 years old, unless accompanied by an adult.

The next class, at 10 a.m. Sunday, will convene in Room A-9 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. The class itself will be held outdoors.

Indoor classes will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on June 7 and June 14 at the 3rd District Police Station, 1620 V St. NW. The final on-road class is planned for 10 a.m. to noon June 20, also beginning at the 3rd District Police Station.

To enroll, call 202-628-2500 or e-mail

UDC Seeks Comment on Reaccreditation

The University of the District of Columbia is asking the public to comment on reaccreditation for its School of Arts and Sciences, which is now under review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

People eligible to submit comments include the University of the District of Columbia graduates and parents, as well as community and school organizations. All comments should be related to the programs offered by the university's Department of Education. Comments are due no later than three months before the review begins in the fall 2004 semester.

Submissions should be sent to: Board of Examiners, NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023; or by e-mail to