Mary Biggs of Beltsville was named nurse of the year by the Northern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce. Biggs, an infection-control practitioner, won the award for her efforts to create a safe environment for Harbor Hospital's patients and employees. She led an initiative to educate hospital patients, guests and personnel about the importance of hand-washing. She also educates people about vaccinations and communicable infections.

Judy Dent, principal of Patuxent Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, and Michael Powell, a teacher at Patuxent, attended the 2005 Disney Professional Development Institute in Orlando. The institute brings teachers and principals from around the country together to share their knowledge about education, so that they can enhance their skills and the skills of other teachers in their schools.

The Maryland Highway Safety Office honored Greenbelt police officers Scott Kaiser and Gordon Rose for their work to combat impaired driving. Officer Kaiser created programs that increased arrests of impaired drivers and as a result reduced alcohol-related crashes in Greenbelt. Officer Rose holds the record for the most impaired-driving arrests in 2004.

Prince George's County police Sgt. Henry E. Anderson, Cpl. Antonio V. Hill and Cpl. Brian L. Padgett received unit citation awards for their work on the Serial Arson Task Force. The Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department commended the officers for their efforts in the capture of a serial arsonist in April.

John T. Crestwell, Jr. is a new co-minister at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church of Camp Springs. He was ordained and installed in a service at the church in September. The congregation at Davies Memorial elected Crestwell unanimously. Crestwell received a master's degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and took courses in Unitarian Universalist history at California's Starr King School for the Ministry.

Seven Prince George's County public high school students received $6,000 scholarships from the Apartment and Office Building Association. The following students will use the scholarships to pursue associates degrees at Prince George's Community College: Shannan Austin, Surrattsville High School; Brittney Etheridge, Suitland High School; Jasmine Kotomale, High Point High School; Menchata Foretia, Parkdale High School; William Smith, Oxon Hill High School; Shirley Adjei, Crossland High School; and LaNek Elias, Central High School.

Amanda Elizabeth Tavel of Landover Hills completed basic training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Cadet basic training begins during the summer of the first year of study at the academy. Students learn basic military skills such as leadership and military science. Tavel is a 2003 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

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