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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Scholar of the Week

Vanessa Velas Romero, a senior at High Point High School, joins PGCPS’ Scholar of the Week honorees.

Well on her way to pursuing her dreams, Vanessa was recently named a Posse Scholar and awarded a four-year, full-tuition college scholarship to the University of Rochester where she will major in political science and minor in international business.

Armed with a 3.9 grade point average, her career goal is to become a lawyer and ultimately, a senator.

Vanessa, who is enrolled in Advanced Placement courses in Language and Composition, Psychology, Human Geography, U.S. Government and Politics and Calculus AB classes, serves as executive board president of the Student Government Association, editor of the Yearbook Club, student member of the Board Advisory Council, and a member of the National Honor Society, swim and art clubs.

In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her church, reading, drawing and spending time with family and friends.

Summer Youth Enrichment Program

The Prince George’s County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program is an award-winning, nationally-recognized program that helps young people ages 14-22 launch careers with free job readiness training and paid summer employment.

Youth@Work/SYEP offers six weeks of enriching entry-level employment at governmental, nonprofit and business worksites in Prince George’s County and the greater D.C. area.

The program is part of County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ commitment to youth development, which aims to prepare and empower the county’s youth to achieve their full potential into adulthood.

Applications for the 2020 Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program will be accepted through Feb. 28.

School Closings and Delays

The decision to delay or close schools for inclement weather is not taken lightly, PGCPS officials say. Information about the weather is gathered from many sources, including the National Weather Service, county agencies and neighboring school districts.

PGCPS transportation supervisors survey roads, school driveways and sidewalks throughout the county.

PGCPS communications channels issue notifications in numerous ways, including the school website, email and text, phone bulletin board and local media. While some technology may be faster than others, all communications serve as official notifications from PGCPS.

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to open or close schools will be made prior to 5:30 a.m. on the day in question and communicated as soon as possible to the media, parents and staff.

Census Alert

The U.S. census — a once-a-decade count of U.S. residents — determines how and where billions of dollars in federal funding will be spent.

For each person counted in Prince George’s County, the county received more than $18,000 in federal funds which pays for its schools, public services and many other programs that directly impact the community.

The census will collect basic information about people living in households. It’s fast, safe, important and easy.

Completing the census form should take no more than 10 minutes and personal information is always confidential, including citizenship.

The census may be completed online, by phone or by mail. Most households will receive a letter asking them to go online to complete the census questionnaire in March.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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