For Homeless Students
Parents, guardians and family members of homeless children can make school transportation arrangements by contacting the school that the child last attended or the school closest to where the child resides. For more information, contact the Prince George's County schools' office for homeless students at 301-749-4340, or the transportation office at 301-952-6724.
Margaret Kamara of Greenbelt, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School, was honored for her participation as a summer research intern at Virginia Tech's Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program. Kamara and others in the program worked with a faculty mentor on a 10-week project in which they learned how to plan and conduct research. They attended seminars, participated in field trips, learned how to use state-of-the-art equipment and attended a two-day exploratory retreat. Kamara is a junior at Virginia State University in Petersburg, majoring in biology. She hopes to pursue a medical degree.
Upper Marlboro Student
Attends Leadership Forum
Mia Douglas of Upper Marlboro took part in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine held this summer in Philadelphia. Douglas, who is about to start her junior year at Oxon Hill High School, was one of 350 students from across the country who were selected for the program based on their academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine. The 10-day forum introduced the students to issues in public health, medical ethics, research and other areas and included visits to medical facilities and clinics. The students were presented with a fictional patient's case history and asked to diagnose the problem and formulate a treatment plan. The forum allows students to shadow key figures, including physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators.
A Noteworthy Graduation
For Friendly High Student
Douglas Ford Thomas, 18, of Fort Washington has graduated from Friendly High School. Thomas, born with Down syndrome, is enrolled in a self-paced living program at Prince George's Community College. The program prepares challenged individuals with the skills for everyday living. He is studying for a certificate in mathematics proficiency.
High Point Junior Gets
Aaron Velky of Beltsville has won the Rensselaer Medal, given to high school juniors who excel in science and math. Velky is a student at High Point High School. Each medal winner who is accepted to and enrolls at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., will receive a $60,000 scholarship that is paid in four annual awards of $15,000. Rensselaer offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, the humanities and social sciences.
Capitol Heights Student
Marcus Ewell of Capitol Heights was awarded a scholarship of $4,710 from the Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund. He will attend the University of the District of Columbia. Ewell will be eligible for another award next year for as much as $5,000. Scholarship recipients must be the children or spouses of public sector employees who died in the line of duty. The maximum award is $10,000.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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