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DC, Maryland, and VA Youth Receive Scholarship Awards from Interior’s Blacks In Government

WASHINGTON, D.C.— In partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA),  the Department of the Interior’s Blacks In Government (BIG) Chapter celebrated the academic achievements of ten high school students from the National Capital region today during its 5th annual awards ceremony.  Robert Stanton, Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Flip Hagood, SCA Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, led the ceremony in which the students each received a Dr. Dorothy I. Height Scholarship from BIG and work opportunities from SCA.

“The ten students receiving scholarships today are the future leaders of our country,” said Robert Stanton. “They have demonstrated great academic and extracurricular achievement and this scholarship will enable them to continue to aim high in their educational development and careers.”

21 MCPS Students Named Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty-one Montgomery County Public Schools students have been named semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship. The scholarship program, administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, recognizes promising African American students throughout the nation.

More than 1,600 public, private and home school students, nationwide, were identified as semifinalists for the 2011 scholarship program, based on their performance on the PSAT. These students can now compete for up to 800 Achievement Scholarships.

Last year, 14 MCPS students from six schools were named semifinalists for the award, and eight received the scholarship. This year, the 21 MCPS semifinalists are from seven high schools across the county—Blair, Blake, Magruder, Richard Montgomery, Poolesville, Watkins Mill and Whitman. Overall, MCPS accounts for more than one-third of the public school semifinalists in the state of Maryland.


Concern for Missing Girl from Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division are asking the public for help to locate a missing Gaithersburg teenaged girl. 

Talia Minero, age 14, from Gaithersburg, left her home on June 6, 2010. She is known to frequent the areas of Northern Virginia, Rockville, and Takoma Park, Maryland.  She was last seen in August in the company of a friend, Rudy Hernandez. 

 She is described as a Hispanic female, 5’5” tall, weighing 155 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair.  Hernandez is described as a Hispanic male, 5’2” tall, weighing 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

There is no foul play suspected, but police and family are concerned because of her age.     

Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Prison

        U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, sentenced Charles Aboke, age 28, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, today to 210 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Judge Titus enhanced Aboke’s sentence upon finding that he is a career criminal, based on two previous felony drug convictions.  Judge Titus also ordered Aboke to forfeit $13,783 seized during a search of his home.

        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and  Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

Residents 78 and 80 Years Young Show They’ve Still Got it!

Residents of Asbury Methodist Village, a retirement community of more than 1,300 residents, have found the secret to staying young and active—HealthAbility.  Phyllis Skiba, 78, and Harlene Buchanan, 80, can still dance the night away thanks in part to the strides they’ve made in Asbury’s special wellness program geared to seniors’ unique health needs.