La Shondra Rawls of Clinton and Charles "Arnell" Smith Jr. of Fort Washington, business students at Prince George's Community College, competed in the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, on Aug. 15. Smith won a bronze medal in tae kwon do in the flyweight division. Rawls, who competed in the lightweight division, and Smith train at Remarck Sport Taekwondo in Alexandria.

Dayspring Community Church has named Cynthia Trudel Bennett senior pastor. Previously, Bennett served as the church's executive pastor. Events marking Bennett's installation include a formal banquet at 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Sheraton College Park, 4095 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville; a special worship service at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16 at Robert Goddard Montessori School, 9850 Goodluck Rd., Seabrook; and a service at 6 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Ave. NE in the District.

Bennett is a doctoral student at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She received a divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington and a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and English from the University of Maryland.

Corbin Brooks, 10, of Mitchellville was one of 10 winners of the seventh annual USA Tennis National Junior Tennis League Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. Children who entered the contest had to write an essay that answered, in 300 words or less, the question, "Why is Arthur Ashe a sports legend?" Winners were chosen for their knowledge of Ashe and for writing clarity and style. Brooks, a fifth-grade student at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glenn Dale, won a trip to New York and lunch with former city mayor David Dinkins. He also won tickets to a New York Yankees baseball game and a Broadway show, as well as a boat tour around Manhattan.

Dwight Williams, 34, of Laurel has been named national young engineer of the year by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The group presents the award to an engineer younger than 35 who has made significant contributions to the engineering profession and society. Williams is an engineer and nuclear physicist for the U.S. Department of Defense. He received a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland and bachelor's and master's degrees from North Carolina State University.

-- Compiled by Y.B. THOMPSON

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