Guarding Others' Rights
Elliot Wolf, 18, of Takoma Park is one of 10 high school seniors nationwide who recently received a Youth Activist Scholarship from the American Civil Liberties Union because of his work helping to protect civil liberties.
Wolf, a senior in the math, science and computer science magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, produced a study and statistical analysis examining data collected by Maryland state police when they stop motorists and perform vehicle searches. The ACLU of Maryland filed suit about 10 years ago to combat racial profiling, and the state police must provide quarterly reports to the courts and the ACLU.
"I definitely felt that the work was important to the ACLU," Wolf said. "The mathematical research on this data helps to quantify what individual minorities have been saying about their experiences with the state police."
Stacey Mink of the ACLU said Wolf's study was "better than studies produced by academics who had been paid to work with the data."
"His remarkable work will be used in the continuing litigation," she said.
A Love for Libraries
Margaret Nightingale, 67, of Poolesville was recently awarded the Charles W. Gilchrist Volunteer of the Year Award from the Friends of the Library.
"I am honored and thrilled to get the award," said Nightingale, who used to help her aunt, a librarian, shelve books when she was a little girl. "I love the library, and it is one of the most useful tools. I have always been involved with libraries in one form or another."
Nightingale has volunteered at the Poolesville library for 26 years. She also is the executive secretary for the Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce and has served in various capacities on the Poolesville Advisory Committee for about 25 years.
The award, named for a former county executive, recognizes people who have exhibited "exceptional service" to the library system through volunteer or philanthropic support of its goals and projects.
In Founder's Honor
Stuart Crump, 83, of Rockville has been honored as the Rockville Senior Center's Estelle Berberian Volunteer of the Year, the first recipient of what is planned to be an annual award named after the center's founder.
Crump, who volunteered more than 300 hours last year, assisted in the computer lab, helped deliver baked goods to the center and worked during annual bazaars. He also served on the Rockville Senior Commission. He said he thought Berberian "would be pleased."
"I felt pride over it because Estelle and I worked together for 15 years at the center," Crump said. "I had a lot of respect for her."
The award was established on Berberian's 100th birthday in July to recognize her role in the center's creation in 1982. Berberian died in March. The award came with a $100 prize, which Crump donated to Berberian's memorial fund.
Dan Tuten, 63, of Rockville recently received the Good Neighbor Award from Neighbors for a Better Montgomery for developing data the group used to make recommendations for the county's growth policy.
The policy guides growth and development efforts in Montgomery to ensure adequate infrastructure.
"It was rewarding that my colleagues felt that the work that I had done was helpful and supportive of the organization's goals," Tuten said. "I was frustrated that the sort of information . . . that this organization has been sharing with the county has not caused them to alter their current policies, which we feel are not in the best interests of county residents."
Jeffrey Siegel, 14 , of Rockville won second place in the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge held recently at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando. Siegel, an eighth-grader at Julius West Middle School, won a $15,000 college scholarship plus books for the school.
Les LeVine, 75, of Chevy Chase is one of 12 recipients nationwide to receive a Team Spirit Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the MetLifeFoundation. LeVine was honored for his work helping older adults. He serves as coordinator of the Jewish Council for Aging SeniorNetComputer Training Center, where he teaches the basics of computers and word processing, holds volunteer staff meetings and coordinates class schedules.
An 'Emmy' of Sorts
Sally Lok, 17, of Silver Spring is one of six national winners of the Student Television Award for Excellence given by the National Television Academy. Lok, a senior at James Hubert Blake High School, received the award in the writing category for the script "Music Piracy," a video documentary designed to alert teenagers to the legal ramifications of downloading music from the Internet. She was lead producer of the documentary, working with fellow Blake students Ida Demmellash, 18, a senior, and Bridget Proctor, 16, a junior.
A Media Standout
Montgomery Blair High School's online newspaper, "Silver Chips Online," was recently honored by the Maryland Scholastic Press Association. The newspaper was recognized for its design, accessibility and navigation. The association presents its award annually to one school in the state.
-- Compiled by MARK JONES
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