Presidential Scholars

Two Montgomery County public school students were selected as Presidential Scholars, the highest honor given to high school seniors in the country.

Max E. Chavez, a Visual Art Center student at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, was named a Presidential Scholar in the arts. Frank L. Washburn of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda was selected as an academic Presidential Scholar.

Each year, up to 121 students nationwide are named Presidential Scholars for academic achievement, and 20 others are named for their accomplishments in the visual arts, performing arts or creative writing.

The winners can nominate one educator who has had the greatest influence on them for a Teacher Recognition Award. Washburn named Kelly Garton, an environmental science and biology teacher at Walt Whitman High School. Chavez selected Michael Piechocinski, an art teacher at Einstein's Visual Art Center.

Students Build House

Students at Thomas Edison High School of Technology recently completed the 33rd house built by participants in the construction trades program with guidance from leaders of the local building industry.

More than 175 students were involved in the project.

The house, at13005 Connecticut Ave., is in the Connecticut Avenue Estates subdivision in Silver Spring, where other homes have been built by students. Money from the sale of the houses is used for expenses related to the program.

Committee Opening

Montgomery County school officials are looking for applicants for a seat on a committee that recommends policies for the use of school buildings by community groups.

The appointment by Superintendent Jerry D. Weast will be for a four-year term on the Interagency Coordinating Board for Community Use of Public Facilities.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume by June 18 to Carey M. Wright, associate superintendent for student and community services, 850 Hungerford Dr., Room 220, Rockville, Md. 20850.

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