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<hdr15>Awards and Achievements
Daniel Applebaum of Potomac is one of 37 students from across the United States and France chosen to participate in the eleventh annual session of the Kennedy Center’s ballet training program, “Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell.” During the three-week program, students will take two ballet technique classes a day, six days a week, with Ms. Farrell.
Jordan Michael Bralower of Potomac received a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business during a recent commencement ceremony at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
Lily Fardshisheh of Potomac received a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business during a recent commencement ceremony at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
Nicki Lehrer, a senior at Thomas S. Wootton High School, was one of 20 students from around the nation named to the USA Today’s All-USA High School Academic Team. Team members were selected on the basis of their academic achievements, leadership and activities, and how well they used their intellectual skills beyond the classroom. Nicki Lehrer plays classical guitar, has several CDs and has appeared at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. She was awarded a patent for a book cover with handles, she has tutored learning disabled students, and was a student advisor in developing Wootton’s signature humanities program. She will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
Amy K. McGregor of Potomac received an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., and was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2003 semester.
Joshua Robinson of Potomac, a senior at Richard Montgomery and incoming freshman at Johns Hopkins University, began the Hopkins 4K for Cancer, a cross-country bike trip to raise money and awareness for cancer. Robinson was one of 20 Hopkins students who set off from Baltimore on June 1 on a 4,000-mile route to San Francisco. The group’s goal is to raise $50,000 for the American Cancer Society, and they will stop in several cities and town to volunteer with local community groups, nursing homes and churches.
The Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) honored outstanding educators, parents, students and educational programs that have made notable contributions to the success of students with special needs in a ceremony held May 14. The football coaching staff at Walt Whitman High School was recognized as Outstanding Educators. Receiving honorable mention awards were educators Janice Williams of Winston Churchill High School and Stephanie Chaplin and Diane Long of Whitman.
One-hundred-eleven Senior Girl Scouts from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital were awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award on May 18 at the council’s annual “In Your Honor” ceremony. The Gold Award is the highest award achievable in Girl Scouting and is earned by only one percent of the nation’s Senior Girl Scouts annually. The following Girl Scouts are recipients of the Gold Award: Meghan Ball of Bethesda led low-income children in a series of body and vocal warm-ups, games and other activities. Kimberly Bedell of N. Potomac organized a Best Buddies School Group to make and donate items to children at the Children’s Inn. Susanna Brach or Rockville organized a two-session instructional sewing class for low-income Hispanic women. Sarah Byrne of N. Potomac worked with children in fist through eighth grades to produce and perform a play for a nursing home. Lauren Connelly of Bethesda led theater workshops and provided costumes, props and instructions for low-income children ages 5-14.