High school honors science and technology students

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Congratulations to Katerina Barnes, Brandon Cuffy, Mathew Garton, Seung Lee and Chinedu Ndum. These five cadets were selected from thousands of applicants to attend the prestigious Aerospace Technology Honors summer camp.

The Tinker Air Force Base camp located in Oklahoma allows AFJROTC cadets to experience matter of aeropace and science. ‘‘It really helps to be interested in aerospace and science because we are going to fly an aircraft and learning these subjects can declare your career path,” Barnes said. She also said that this is a very prestigious camp and that they only admit one percent of their applicants.

All of the AFJROTC cadets at Eleanor Roosevelt High were admitted. ‘‘A honor to us all,” Barnes said.

Major Salvatore Bova recommended that the cadets apply to the camp. Barnes said Maj. Bova was very dedicated at steering the cadets into meeting the head people at the camp. Maj. Bova selected the five out of 240 other cadets from their unit. Barnes said the camp is very informative and its entails a lot of hands on work and academics.

‘‘We appreciate all his hard work and effort,” Barnes added.

Ace Reading Clubcontest winners

The Ace Reading Club Winners of the 2006 Youth Writing Contest Winners: In the Junior Poetry Division, First Place, Cearah Camp-Green of Greenbelt Middle School; second place, Makayla Bryan of Greenbelt Elementary School; and third place, Johann Baptista of Greenbelt Elementary School.

In the Junior Short Fiction Division, the first place winner is Aliyah Nickens of Greenbelt Elementary School; second place, Johann Baptista of Greenbelt Elementary School; third place, Caitlin Cunnings, Greenbelt Middle School; and honorable mention, Monae Brown, Greenbelt Elementary School.

The Senior Poetry Division winners, all from Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) are: first place, Antania Whitlow; second place, Nicole Jones; third place, Andrea Castillo; and honorable mention, Dylan Parkhurst.

The Senior Short Fiction Division winner was Yasmin Boakye, of ERHS.

The ACE Reading Club is a free reading incentive program created by the Greenbelt Advisory Committee on Education (ACE) and now funded by the city. The city hosted a youth writing contest for students who live in or attend school in Greenbelt. The student authors will present their winning entries at the Fourth Annual Greenbelt Youth Literacy Showcase, which will be held in the Municipal Building at 6:30 p.m. April 28.

Liz Murray, program coordinator for the ACE Reading Club said, ‘‘I think the Youth Writing Contest and the Greenbelt Youth Literary Showcase are wonderful opportunities for Greenbelt students to express themselves in a positive and supportive environment. It is fantastic to see the City of Greenbelt and the community embrace an event that highlights the great work of our students.”

‘‘I am very pleased with the turnout of entries this year for the Youth Writing Contest. The judges had a difficult time reducing the entries to just a few winners as there were many excellent poems and short fiction pieces to choose from. I am very proud of our Greenbelt students because it takes quite a bit of courage to not only submit a writing piece that reflects their emotions and thoughts, but also to read it in front of their peers and the community. I hope they continue to write and share their creativity with the world,” said Murray.

The program will be taped and aired at a later date on the city cable channel, Channel 71. The public is invited to the ACE Literacy Showcase event, where cash awards and other prizes will be presented to the youth writers. The council and mayor, local media, students’ families and friends are all invited. Refreshments will be provided. The students’ work will also be printed in the ACE Reading Club’s Literacy Showcase publication, a book that is available for sale the night of the event or by pre-ordering. To pre-order, call 301-345-6660 or e-mail lmurray@greenbeltmd.gov.

Mulch giveawayfor county residents

The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources (DER) invites county residents to pick up free mulch at the Mulch Giveaway on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Western Branch Composting Facility located at 6601 S.E. Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro. In addition to receiving free mulch, participants may also tour the visitors’ center to learn more about the composting process and the county’s recycling programs.

The Mulch Giveaway is restricted to non-commercial vehicles. A skid loader will be available to load mulch into residents’ pickup trucks. Residents loading mulch into their cars will need to bring their own containers and tools.

DER received an overwhelming response to the Mulch Giveaway held this past September. Over 200 vehicles drove to the site to pick up over 270 cubic yards of mulch. For more information on the Mulch Giveaway, contact the Waste Management Division at 301-883-5045.

Volunteers neededfor trail day

The National Park Service and Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) will host a National Park Service Volunteer day to help with the park trails on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes, insect repellant, and bring gloves. Work includes resurfacing and repairing trails, which may involves physical labor such as shoveling, raking and using a wheelbarrow. Food will be made available at the end of the event to celebrate.

Registration is mandatory so please pre-register by calling REI at 301-982-9681 or call Greenbelt Park at 301-344-3944. Greenbelt Park’s entrance is located between Kenilworth Avenue and the Baltimore Washington Parkway at 6565 Greenbelt Road.

City of Greenbelt observes municipal government month

In observation of Municipal Government Month, the city is flying the ‘‘Municipal Government Works’ flag at the flagpoles outside of the municipal building at 25 Crescent Road.

A proclamation, issued by Mayor Judith F. Davis and the council, recognized the City of Greenbelt ‘‘for striving to enhance the quality of life for its residents by providing a full range of services and programs, including police, public works, social services, recreation, planning and community development, administration, and finance,” the proclamation stated.

Beverly Palau, the city’s public information and communications coordinator was on hand to receive the proclamation. She will be conducting the ‘‘It’s Municipal Government” competition and championship with schools in Greenbelt on May 12. The city has sponsored many activities in conjunction with Municipal Government Month such as Earth Day and Arbor Day activities, the Public Works Open House and the Potomac Watershed Stream Clean-up. Next month, the City will sponsor the Pet Expo at the community center, the Celebration of Spring and Cinco de Mayo at Springhill Lake, and the ‘‘It’s Municipal Government” competition for our schools.

Volunteer for Greenbelt’s blood drive

Residents are needed to volunteer to give blood at the Greenbelt Community Center on Friday from Noon to 6 p.m. For more information contact Janet Goldberg at 301-397-2212.

Open House

Despite occasional showers throughout the day, The Public Works Department’s open house went off without a glitch.

Director Kenneth Hall, Superintendent of Operations Carolyn Clemons, Assistant Director Bill Phelan, City Officials and members of the Public Works Department greeted rain soaked children and parents of the community last Saturday April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 555 Crescent Road. The residents were invited to come out and enjoy a tour of the facility while being treated to grilled hot dogs, chips and punch.

Kenneth Hall talked about the equipment on display such as the backhoe front-end loader that is used to dig trenches and patch city streets. ‘‘We have an asphalt roller and a two ton dump truck used for hauling materials, spreading salt, snow and plowing,” Hall said, ‘‘we also have an aerial lift truck that is used to replace and repair the street lighting.”

Residents were invited to tour around the Public Works yard and the recycling center.

Public Works members gave out T-shirts to the kids while discussing their poster board displays on Electronics Recycling.

Refuse⁄Recycling Supervisor William R. Smith talked about their upcoming event Sat from 9 a.m. to Noon.

‘‘This is where city residents businesses and organizations can recycle bottles, cans, mixed paper, magazines, phone books old and ⁄or unwanted computers and other electronic items,” Smith said.

The accepted items include central processing units, monitors, keyboards, printers, laptop computers, speakers, scanners, surge protectors, wires and power cords, fax machines, recording equipment, cameras, telephones, radios and televisions 19 inches or smaller.

Mayor Davis thanked the entire public works staff and the community for coming out despite the weather conditions. She also encouraged everyone to take a tour of the Public Works Greenhouse.

For more information about the program contact the city of Greenbelt recycling office at 301-474-8308.