People Notes

People Notes

Florent Abaziou, a 12th-grader from North Potomac is congratulated by Carolyn Morrison for his photography titled "Sunny Day at Lake Titicaca" at the General Federation of Women's Clubs Youth Art Show at the BWI Marriot in April.

Jacinda Li of Potomac was selected to participate in the National's 2005 Miss Teen Baltimore/ Washington, DC pageant competition August 14. To be accepted into the competition Li submitted an application and was interviewed by this year's Baltimore/ Washington DC Pageant Coordinator, Patty Neidert. Jacinda will compete for her share of over $20,000 in scholarship prizes and gifts. Li will compete in the Miss Teen division, one of three divisions where young ladies, ages 10-19, model casual and formal wear. Most important Jacinda will display her personality when she is interviewed by the judging panel. The winner of the pageant will represent Baltimore/ Washington DC at the Cities America National Competition in Orlando, Fla.

Current sponsors of Jacinda Li include Zohra's Salon and the Arc of Montgomery County. Any business, organization or individual interested in sponsoring Li can contact her pagaent coordinator, Patty Neidert at 1-800-569-2487.

Julia Emerson Clasper, daughter of Geoffrey and Elizabeth Clasper of North Potomac, recently earned a bachelor of music degree magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, NJ. Julia was also named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2005 semester. While a student at Westminster, Julia was a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which regularly performs with the world's great orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and Dresden Philharmonic. She is a 2001 graduate of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville.

Ariel Champaloux Purinton of Potomac received her MSW at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., in May 2005. She is currently working at the Florida Hospital on the Pallative Care team and doing emergency psychiatric evaluations.

Steven Champaloux of Potomac graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. and two majors in biology and psychology and a minor in American Cultural Studies, in addition to completing the premedical curriculum. He is a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society.

John William Schiffbauer of Potomac graduated from Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Mass., receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. Simon's Rock College of Bard is the nation's only residential college of liberal arts and sciences expressly designed for students ready to begin college early. Established in 1964, it accepts students after the 10th or 11th grade of high school into a program leading to the two-year Associate of the Arts and four-year Bachelor of the Arts degrees.