Serving the City
The Committee of 100 on the Federal City, a citizen organization involved in planning and preservation in the District, honored former mayor Walter Washington and former D.C. Council chairman John W. Hechinger Sr. in June with posthumous 2004 Lifetime Achievement Awards for their service to the city. Washington was the first mayor of the District, and Hechinger was chairman of the District's first appointed city council and a lifetime member of the Committee of 100. Both were recognized for their work toward home rule.
The committee also gave Vision Awards to several local organizations or projects for making major contributions to the city. The winners were: Save the Tivoli Inc., for preserving and rehabilitating the Tivoli Theater; Sixth and I streets Synagogue, for buying a church that otherwise would have become a nightclub and returning it to its original function as a synagogue; the African American Heritage Trail, for creating a free 56-page guide to sites of black history; Friends of Peirce Mill, for working to return the 19th-century grist mill to functionality; H-DC, for publicizing research, books, museums and public events in a discussion forum (its Web site is www.h-net.org/~dclist/; Carlos Rosario International Center and Charter School, for restoring the former James Ormond Wilson Teachers College; and reSTORE DC, for its Main Street Project, a revitalization effort at several D.C. sites including Barracks Row, with help from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The D.C. Chamber of Commerce gave leadership awards to six women in June at a luncheon titled "The Power to Influence and Create Wealth." Alice M. Rivlin, a Brookings Institution senior fellow, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her role as an economic policy watchdog over the years. She is a former vice chairman at the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and former head of the White House Office of Management and Budget. She was also the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, has written two books about the economy and was chairman of the federal government's financial control board, which oversaw D.C. government in the 1990s.
Lawyer Natalie O. Ludaway, of Leftwich & Ludaway, was given the Corporate Leadership Award for exceptional guidance and direction within the business community. Ludaway was a managing member of the minority law firm, where she provided pro bono and reduced-fee services for lower-income clients. She also served on the Executive Committee and the Federal City Council, and is a board member of the D.C Chamber of Commerce.
Kathleen Walsh Carr, president and CEO of Adams National Bank, received the Crystal Leadership Award for championing the needs of women and minorities. She serves on the boards of directors of Royco and the Chevy Chase Land Co., as well as the Federal City Council's Board of Washington Trustees. She is a member of the Diocesan Investment Committee -- an arm of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington -- and is on the advisory board of So Others Might Eat. In the past, she has chaired the Boys and Girls Club's annual fundraiser.
For achievement in building a successful business, Faye E. Coleman received the Entrepreneurship Award. Westover Consultants, the company Coleman started in her basement, was recently awarded a $29.6 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to help implement its child care subsidy program.
The Community Service Award was granted to Alverta Munlyn, co-founder and former chair of the Perry School Community Services Center. The center houses 11 independent nonprofit programs to address community needs such as child care, health care, computer training, job counseling and placement, housing counseling, college preparation and creative arts programs.
The Chair's Award went to Charlene Drew Jarvis, president of Southeastern University, for contributing to the city's economic prosperity. The former D.C. Council member and former chair of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce is the first female president of Southeastern. Since taking the post in 1996, she has led the school to place emphasis on entrepreneurship and business management skills.
The Science of Nutrition
The Dole Food Co. has awarded local teacher Barry Sprague third place in a national teachers contest. Sprague, a science resource teacher at Park View Elementary School in Petworth, taught his students to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day by playing them a rap song, putting up posters, lining cafeteria trays and using a hand model where each digit represents a food group, and by eating with them in the cafeteria. Sprague has also taught nutrition to children in Japan and Malaysia through an international exchange program.
The award ceremony was held at Park View on May 28. The award has been presented annually to three teachers who come up with effective strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. The ceremony is offered in support of the "Five a Day for Better Health Program," started by the National Cancer Institute and the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
WVSA Arts Connection
An arts school for special-needs students, WVSA Arts Connection, is a semifinalist for the 2004 Coming Up Taller Award. The award is given to organizations for outstanding community arts and humanities programs that educate young people and help them get involved in the community. It is presented by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Harriet Mayor Fulbright, executive director of the president's committee, nominated the nonprofit organization for the award. Other recommendations came from Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) and Equity Office Properties Trust, a corporate supporter.
The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region recognized District resident Wanda Fox for outstanding youth leadership with one of six Linowes Leadership Awards. Fox, principal of Brightwood Elementary School, introduced health care services to her school and formed partnerships with other schools and community-based organizations. She also worked to address the needs of Latino students, who make up 72 percent of her school's student body.
Women in Government Relations, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps members develop their careers, presented Amy Kimball with its Distinguished Member Award in June for significant long-term contributions to the goals of the organization.
Kimball, a vice president of the law firm Sellery Associates, has served WGR in various capacities since 1992. She served on the Board of Directors, co-chaired the Career Development Committee, served as treasurer of the Leader Foundation and chaired the Leader Foundation Resources Committee.
Bruno Dahlgren, a teacher at the Humanities, Arts and Media Academy at Woodrow Wilson High School, will receive a prize of $1,000 along with the Vincent E. Reed Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is granted by the Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1970, which established an endowment during its 30th class reunion four years ago. Dahlgren's teaching career has spanned 38 years, the last 18 at Wilson, where he teaches courses in comparative religion, philosophy and government.
Dahlgren was named a Presidential Teaching Scholar in 1989 and 1990 at the White House. In 1993, the American Federation of Teachers flew him to Russia to teach democracy to other teachers.
AIDS Film Finalist
Nigel Parkinson Jr., a local scriptwriter, director and producer, was selected as one of 10 finalists in the national Rap-It-Up Black AIDS Short Subject Film Competition. Parkinson, a former Field School and American University student, created the film "Threads of Hope, Threads of Life," in which a mother contracts AIDS as the result of an accident in the hospital where she works.
The film competition, sponsored by the Black AIDS Institute, Black Entertainment Television and the Kaiser Family Foundation, received more than 500 entries.
The National Fatherhood Initiative honored several local celebrities as Golden Dads for their personal or professional dedication to fatherhood.
Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) have pushed for fatherhood issues by serving as co-chairs on the National Fatherhood Initiative's Senate Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood and by co-sponsoring the Responsible Fatherhood Act.
Other winners are: Fred Barnes of Fox News's "Beltway Boys" and ABC news anchor Leon Harris.
Youth of the Year
Teenager Pierre Thompson represented Washington as one of 10 finalists in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Southeast Regional Youth of the Year competition, held in Atlanta and sponsored by the Reader's Digest Foundation. The program rewards club members for outstanding contributions to one's family, school, community and club. Attention is also given to academic achievement and overcoming personal challenges.
The club gave Thompson a $1,000 scholarship for his involvement with the Keystone Club, a toy drive, community cleanups, tutoring, a walk for the homeless and a robotics team. He is also a junior usher at his church, a member of Ballou Senior High School's wrestling and football teams, and a student commander in the Air Force ROTC program.
District native Julia Booth was awarded a Fulbright scholarship after graduating this year from George Washington University's School of Business. The International Business and Information Systems major will use the grant to study in Morocco. The Fulbright Student Program awards scholarships to participants based on academic merit and leadership potential in order to increase understanding between people from the United States and other countries. Three other George Washington University graduates were also awarded Fulbright scholarships this year: Kristen Eckert, Kate Hill and Kelly Keehan.
The National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers named the Washington Convention Center as this year's Outstanding Civil Engineering Project at its annual banquet. The largest building in the city, the convention center was completed last year and covers six blocks.
The society also presented a Community Service award to James A. Wilding, former president and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, whose career in civil engineering has spanned 43 years. He is also a former regional chair of the United Way Campaign of Arlington.
A local paralegal association won the Association Pro Bono Award from the 15,000-member National Federation of Paralegal Association. Andrea Lupanze, president of the National Capital Area Paralegal Association, accepted the award on behalf of her association's 17 paralegals, who provided more 2,000 hours of free legal services to disadvantaged clients. The federation also donated $500 to the DC Employment Justice Center, a workers' rights organization where four NCAPA paralegals volunteered last year.
The National Association of Elementary School Principals chose Tubman Elementary School principal Sadia Martica White as this year's National Distinguished Principal, an honor bestowed on an active principal whose school maintains strong ties with the community and meets the academic and social needs of its students. White was nominated by her fellow principals in the District, where her school has implemented a school-wide inclusion program for special-needs students and those speaking English as a second language. Tubman is a visitation site for the Co-nect Reform Model and has completed the Middle States Certification Process. Bilingual herself, White has also implemented a bilingual parent program.
This year, the Comcast Foundation awarded scholarships to 1,040 students across the country through its Leaders and Achievers program for outstanding commitment to community service. Among them were seven seniors from District schools. Each was involved in at least three extracurricular service activities.
Kasmin Holt from Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy will attend Smith College in the fall. Chandini Dublin from the National Cathedral Girls School will attend Boston College. Cherine Foty from Wilson Senior High School plans to attend the University of Michigan. Keyona Hall, Anacostia Senior High School's 2004 valedictorian, will enroll at Trinity College. Kyle Mosley of Gonzaga High School will use his scholarship at Morehouse College. Jamila Thompson from Cardozo Senior High School remains undecided. Romualdo Cardoso-Morales from Bell Multicultural Senior High School will attend Montgomery College.
'10 Who Are 10'
D.C. Marriott and Renaissance Hotels awarded scholarships to 10 outstanding 10-year-olds from the D.C. public school system as part of an annual scholarship program started in 1994. The $2,500 college scholarships were awarded to Ibukun Oluremi (Stanton Elementary), Devin Harris (Young Elementary), Esohe Irabor (Miner Elementary), Lynda Talley (Meyer Elementary), Jeffery Nesbitt (Slowe Elementary), Franiqua Williams (Nalle Elementary), Elina Gordienko (Murch Elementary), Maya Holder (Mann Elementary), Obumneke Obi (Thomson Elementary) and Caroline Fosburgh (Key Elementary).
Principals and teachers at every school selected one student to compete. Candidates then submitted entries -- interpreting the theme "I'd Give Anything to Be . . . " -- that were judged by a selection committee. Submissions included essays, biographies, poems, artwork, musical interpretations and multi-media presentations.
The 1996 winner, Diane Bryce, also accepted a four-year scholarship from Howard University. Every year Howard and three other colleges each offer a four-year scholarship to a past "10 who are 10" winner.
-- Carrie Donovan