Six T.C. Williams students and five Minnie Howard students received scholarships from the Step Up Now (SUN) scholarship corporation. The awards are merit based, recognizing outstanding Latino and Native American students.
The winners are:
T.C. Williams: Laura Henriquez, 17; Cecilia Lopez, 15; Edward J. Montiel, 16; Sergio Romero, 15; Angel Ortiz, 15; and Raul E. Benitez, 18.
Minnie Howard: Nicole L. Iribarren, 14; Christian Leonzo, 15; Vanessa I. Munevar, 15; Maria Vazquez-Lang, 14; and Leydi Jimenez, 15.
Alexandria's Meghan Fay was selected to participate in this year's Dance Theater of Harlem residency program. The 10-year-old is one of 62 youngsters selected from the Washington area. The students were selected by the Kennedy Center and dancer Arthur Mitchell.
Sara Whelan, a teacher at George Washington Middle School, has received the EDDIE award. Sponsored by the Del Ray Education Committee, the award recognizes a public school teacher who serves the Del Ray community.
Whelan, a sixth-grade social studies teacher, was nominated by members of the community and selected by the committee. She received a cash award of $250.
The Washington Redskins awarded a $10,000 check to Girl Scout Service Unit 60-8 of Alexandria. The troop won second place in the Redskins All Stars community service program. The girls, along with more than 250 other Girl Scouts, harvested vegetables last fall to feed the hungry. The money received from the Redskins will be invested in the community to continue the troops' service efforts.
Amy Jones of Arlington and Sharon and Tony Poulakowski of Alexandria were recognized as outstanding foster parents by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Freddie Mac Foundation. Nine foster families from across the metropolitan area were selected for the awards.
-- Compiled by MIYA WISEMAN
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