Concert to Benefit

Music Scholarships

Prince George's Community College will host an evening of classics, jazz and other musical styles, performed by the Richard Payne Trio, to raise money for scholarships.The concert is at 4 p.m. Saturday at the college's Queen Anne Auditorium, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. The program is presented by the Perfect Plan of Greater Washington. Tickets are $25; students, $15. Proceeds will support the Prince George's Music and Education scholarships. Call 301-779-5151.

College Expo on Saturday

At Roosevelt High School

The Mitchellville-Bowie section of the National Council of Negro Women will host a College Expo from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 7601 Hanover Pkwy., Greenbelt. Middle and high school students, parents and guardians will be able to visit with representatives of more than 80 public and private universities and more than 30 scholarship and academic organizations from across the country. Participants will find information on financial aid programs, the college admissions process, scholarships and grants. There is no charge to attend. For more information, go to the group's Web site,

Film Noir Classic

Focus of Program

Prince George's Community College will hold its second "Cafe for the Mind" event of the fall at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the showing of the 1949 classic film, "Gun Crazy." Peggy Cummins and John Dall star in the black-and-white film noir drama. Film librarian Kent Moore will lead a discussion following the screening at the Hyattsville Branch library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville.

Longfields Elementary

Teacher Wins $25,000

At a surprise assembly last week, Anthony Whittington, a reading resource teacher at Longfields Elementary School in Forestville, was awarded a $25,000 prize from the Milken Family Foundation. The honor was announced after an address by Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick. The National Educator Awards are designed to reward teachers, principals and administrators who promote excellence and innovation in public education. This year, the foundation will award $2.5 million to 100 outstanding U.S. educators. Since 1985, the foundation has distributed more than $50 million.

Roosevelt Chosen

For Top 10 List

The Prince George's County public school system announced that Eleanor Roosevelt High School was named one of the top 10 high schools in the Washington region by Washingtonian magazine.

Seton High Graduates

Named to Honor Society

Francie Joyner of Hyattsville and Indra Thomas of Mount Rainier, both graduates of Elizabeth Seton High School, were recently inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. The organization was founded in 1994 at George Washington University to honor and inspire academic excellence. The society now has more than 350,000 members.

Recognition for Retired

Hyattsville Teacher

Hester M. Adams of Beltsville been selected to be included in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" for 2004. Adams, a fifth-grade teacher who retired in June after 15 years at St. Mark's Church School in Hyattsville, says she was nominated by a former student who is now in high school. A graduate of St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C., Adams has also studied at Utah State University, Prince George's Community College and Trinity University. She has taught in North Carolina, Maryland and Washington and is a member of the Pierians of Prince George's County and XI Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Professor's Novel

Recently Published

Dipo Kalejaiye, an associate professor of English at Prince George's Community College, has recently had his most recent book, "Food for Masquerades," published. A short satirical and metaphysical novel, it is the story of a young Nigerian college student whose political activism causes concern for a retired Army colonel with political aspirations. Kalejaiye is an Oxon Hill resident who studied at the University of California at Berkeley and San Jose State University.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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