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Scholars of the Week

Kyshira Simmons and Bernard Azingho were named Scholars of the Week. / Courtesy of PGCPS
Kyshira Simmons and Bernard Azingho were named Scholars of the Week. / Courtesy of PGCPS

Kyshira Simmons and Bernard Azingho have been named Prince George’s County’s Scholars of the Week.

Kyshira, a senior at the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College, is a dual enrollment student with a 4.31 grade point average. Her course load includes biology, anatomy and physiology I and II, ancient and medieval History, as well as expository writing and interpersonal communication.

In addition, Kyshira is an active volunteer with more than 220 service learning hours. She has also participated in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk and volunteered at DC Central Kitchen, Pratt House and Hyattsville Elementary School.

Kyshira, who is learning Mandarin Chinese, has been accepted to Coppin State University with applications pending at Spelman College, University of Georgia, Temple University, Howard University, Towson University, University of Maryland and Trinity University. She plans to major in psychology and become a counseling psychologist.

Bernard, a senior at Bowie High School, is pursuing a career in the culinary arts. The hard-working and dedicated student hopes to attend the Culinary Institute of America and pursue his dream of becoming a chef. He has already earned $6,000 towards his college tuition through two culinary arts competitions.

Prior to its grand opening in September, Bernard assisted an executive chef with private catering for an event at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Social Media Town Hall

School officials will host a social media town hall on Thursday, Nov. 10 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt.

The meeting, which will run from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., aims to help parents better understand how children use social media and provide tips and tools to avoid the negative consequences of social networking, officials said.

SafeCyber founder Reginald Corbitt, Stephen Decatur Middle School Principal William Blake and parent Tammy McBride-Loftin will provide presentations on several topics, including social media etiquette, Digital Parenting 101, creating a positive digital footprint and the effects and dangers of social media.

Students are encouraged to attend.


DuVal Celebrates Disability Awareness

This is the second year of the Best Buddies organization's partnership with DuVal High School to raise awareness of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. /Courtesy of PGCPS
This is the second year of the Best Buddies organization’s partnership with DuVal High School to raise awareness of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. /Courtesy of PGCPS

DuVal High School’s CRI Program and the Best Buddies project celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The effort, in collaboration with the U.S. Labor Department, raises awareness about disability employment issues while recognizing the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce.

This is the second year of the Lanham school’s partnership with Best Buddies International, an advocate organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


World Food Prize

Isaiah Nance was one of 200 student leaders from across the country selected to present research fighting hunger./ Courtesy of PGCPS
Isaiah Nance was one of 200 student leaders from across the country selected to present research fighting hunger./ Courtesy of PGCPS

Isaiah Nance, a senior at Gwynn Park High School Academy of Environmental Studies, represented Maryland at the 30th annual World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa.

Isaiah was one of 200 student leaders from across the country selected to present research on how he could fight hunger as a future leader.


Storybook Characters

During the recent storybook character parade at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, teachers chose to be crayons from Drew Dawalt's "The Day the Crayon Quit." /Courtesy of PGCPS
During the recent storybook character parade at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, teachers chose to be crayons from Drew Dawalt’s “The Day the Crayon Quit.” /Courtesy of PGCPS

 

Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights held its storybook character parade on Oct. 28 and, after trying to decide on a favorite book, teachers chose to be crayons from Drew Dawalt’s “The Day the Crayon Quit.”

Students immediately started recalling the story as they saw the crayons around the building. They also joined staff in selecting a variety of characters, including Doc. McStuffin and an old favorite, The Cat in the Hat.

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