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Potomac Schools 5-10-06

Stone Ridge School senior Kristen E. Manderscheid of Potomac was one of 141 high school students nationwide named Presidential Scholars May 4 in an announcement by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

Manderscheid was the only woman from Maryland to receive the award. Students are selected by a presidentially appointed commission on the basis of academic success, essays, school evaluations and evidence of community service and leadership.

She will attend Duke University, where she plans to major in mathematics. She is a senior Girl Scout, a delegate in the Model United Nations, president and vice president of her student council and high school newspaper editor. She also plays varsity tennis and is a board member of the Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary.

The Presidential Scholars program was created in 1964 and expanded in 1979. Each year, it honors one man and one woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as well as 15 at-large selections and 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

The Presidential Scholars will be honored in Washington, D.C. June 24-27.

Wootton Hosts Drive-In Movie Night

Families, students, friends and community members are invited to see "Back to the Future" at Thomas Wootton High School’s Community Drive-In Movie Night on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wootton parking lot, 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville. A parking space is $15. Proceeds will benefit Wootton’s Backpack Fund, which provides economically disadvantaged Montgomery County students with backpacks. Visit http://globehead.org/events.htm for more information or to reserve a space.

Whitman Celebrates the Arts

The Walt Whitman High School Festival of the Arts from 6:30-9:30 p.m. will showcase award-winning visual arts, instrumental music and choral performances, a silent auction, and student art sale on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18. On Friday, May 19 there will be a Fashion Show of student creations as part of Walt Whitman High School's Festival of the Arts. 7 p.m. Come see emerging designers display their talent. Admission is free. Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda. Call 301-320-6600.

Head Start Openings Available

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Head Start and Prekindergarten programs are recruiting income-eligible children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2006. There also are a limited number of openings for Head Start-eligible children who will be 3 years old by September 1, 2006. These classes will begin in fall 2006. MCPS Prekindergarten and Head Start programs provide comprehensive family programs including preschool education, health and social services, and parent involvement for low-income families, including children with disabilities.

Registration is scheduled for:

Martin Luther King Swim Center, April 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rocking Horse Road Center, April 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Long Branch Community Center, May 12, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rocking Horse Road Center, May 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Contact the Montgomery County Public Schools Head Start Unit at 301-230-0676 or visit the MCPS Web site at http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/departments/earlychi/index.shtm