Scholars of the Week

Fawziyah Alebiousu, a senior at Bladensburg High School, has 3.85 grade point average and excels in honors courses that include English 10, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Government. Other classes include AP Psychology, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language and Composition and AP World History.

Fawziyah, founder and president of the Computer Science Club at Bladensburg, is also a member of the National Honor Society, yearbook committee and Port Town Youth Council, as well as a Peer Forward mentor.

Fawziyah has been accepted at Robert Morris University with applications pending at Columbia University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Pomona College, University of Pennsylvania, Macalester College and Tufts University.

She plans to major in computer science and mathematics and wants to become a college professor.

Tyler Dent, a senior at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, has an interest in finance, and knew long ago that she wanted to own her own business.

As a student in the Academy of Finance program at Wise, she has had the opportunity to study accounting and prepare for college and the financial services industry. Tyler has already earned a Certificate in Accounting and Finance from the Morgan State University summer program.

Tyler plans to attend the University of Maryland College Park or New York University and major in accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering, singing and dancing.

Volleyball Champs

The volleyball team at Bowie High School has advanced to the state championship semifinals. /Courtesy of PGCPS

Congratulations to the volleyball team at Bowie High School, which recently won the 4A regional championship and has now advanced to this weekend’s state semifinals.

Kids Helping Kids

The Gaywood Elementary School Student Association host the “Kids Helping Kids” food drive. /Courtesy of PGCPS

The Gaywood Elementary School Student Association in Seabrook recently hosted the “Kids Helping Kids” food drive, an initiative that brings students together to plan activities on how they can help fight hunger.

Gaywood’s students donated more than 2,000 non-perishable items that will be used to create 15 food baskets to help students at the school.

Powering Up

The annual Powering Up with Technology Conference was held Nov. 12 at Oxon Hill High School. /Courtesy of PGCPS

The Powering Up with Technology Conference, an annual event now in its 20th year, was held Saturday at Oxon Hill High School, offering innovative strategies to engage with students.

Keynote speakers included Rafranz,Davis, executive director of Digital Learning, and Tom Mullaney, Digital Learning coach.

Among the event’s new features were the “Genius Bar,” where Fairmont Heights High School IT Academy students provided tips about features, helped and provided general support for computing devices such as MacBooks and Chromebooks, and a Campfire Circle, which consisted of a small-scale edCamp where participants discussed issues of their choice.

Parent Training, Background Checks

Parent training and information sessions on student safety are offered free of charge across the county through Family Institute.

Sessions will cover best practices in safe learning environments, warning signs of sexual abuse and reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and neglect.

Upcoming dates and locations:

Thursday, Nov. 17
Charles Carroll Middle School, New Carrollton

Thursday, Dec. 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Beltsville

Thursday, Dec. 8
Oxon Hill Middle School, Oxon Hill

Free child care is available for ages 4 to 12, and a full listing of Family Institute courses is available online at
For more information, contact 301-618-7356 or

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