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Drew Freeman Selected As Finalist in Science Youth Media Festival

Drew Freeman Selected As Finalist in Science Youth Media Festival

 

The following information was sent to us by Prince George's County Public Schools:

A film by students in the Climate, Ocean and Weather (COW) Institute at Drew-Freeman Middle School was selected as a finalist in the KQED Science Youth Media Festival in San Francisco. 

Drew-Freeman’s submission, “Ocean Acidification,” will be shown at the festival on June 10. The film highlights research by Dr. Jane Lubcheno, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, about the effects of increased carbon dioxide levels on marine life. Students at the Suitland school performed two experiments in the film that allowed them to see the effects of increasing carbonic acid levels on the skeletons of marine life.

Local Teens Awarded Scholarships For Academic & Athletic Achievements

Local Teens Awarded Scholarships For Academic & Athletic Achievements

 

Three D.C. area teens were chosen to receive academic scholarships from the Allstate Foundation and the Virginia High School League (VHSL).

Ali Jones, Jason Will, and Alexis Chaet competed against a pool of over 150 students representing 64 high schools throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and were awarded based upon their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, and involvement in other school functions or community service.

“The Allstate Foundation is proud to recognize these outstanding students for their stellar performance in the classroom and with their extracurricular activities,” said Shelva Clemons, Communications Manager for The Allstate Foundation.  “Clearly these young leaders are the future and it is an honor to support them in their future endeavors for higher education.     

The students will be honored at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville on Tuesday, May 15th at 11:15 AM.

GW Hosts Screening of "Living for 32" Documentary in Remembrance of The Virginia Tech Tragedy

GW Hosts Screening of "Living for 32" Documentary in Remembrance of The Virginia Tech Tragedy

April 16th marks the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre which took place in Blacksburg, Va in 2007. 

32 lives were lost that day in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history as well as the lone gunman who later killed himself.

We all remember where we were when news of a gunman on Tech's campus was announced. I was walking to one of my many journalism classes at my university, which was 2.5 hours from Tech.  I recall looking down at my phone to a mass number of missed calls and text messages from college friends asking if I had heard the news. At that time, some of my best friends from high school went to Tech and I was very worried about them. Thank goodness they were okay, but that day changed campus life forever at Virginia Tech and across the country.

5 Snacks That Will Help Your Health and Take On Obesity

5 Snacks That Will Help Your Health and Take On Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is a major issue facing the people of America today. In fact, they report that around a third of all adults and 17 percent of all children are considered to be obese. One thing that most people have in common is that we snack throughout the day and, without our realizing it, those snack choices can do a lot to help or hinder our weight loss and wellness efforts. In fact, it’s important to keep in mind that not all snacks are created equal, and it’s crucial that people opt for healthy ones.

“Research shows that snacking makes up around 27 percent of a child’s daily calories,” explains Dan Negroni, the chief executive officer and president of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “This means that it is crucial that we teach children to opt for healthy snacks. And that starts by us adults modeling healthy snacking behavior.”

Top Geography Students To Test Skills At State Geographic Bee

Top Geography Students To Test Skills At State Geographic Bee

 

The following information was sent to us by Stephanie Montgomery:

On Friday, March 30, young geography whizzes across the United States and U.S. territories will participate in state-level Geographic Bees, competing for a spot in the national competition in Washington, D.C., in May. The Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. The 2012 National Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google Inc.; at the state level, the Bee is also sponsored by Plum Creek.

Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools have qualified for the state Bees. Each state winner will receive $100, “The Complete National Geographic” on DVD and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals May 22-24 and the chance to be crowned National Geographic Bee champion.

Tips for Improving Literacy in National March Into Literacy Month

Tips for Improving Literacy in National March Into Literacy Month

Since March is considered National March Into Literacy Month, it is a great time to consider the issue and what we can do to help make improvements. According to the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), roughly 93 million adults in the U.S. have basic and below-basic literacy skills. Further, around 40 million adults in the country only read or write at or below the 5th Grade level, while another 21 million Americans are not able to read at all.

“We, as a nation, largely know that this issue needs to be addressed, not only so that we can stay competitive in a global marketplace, but so that we can also function on a higher level in our day-to-day lives,” explains Sarah Gilbert, director of sales at Lulu.com, a self-publishing company. “And the good news is that there are a variety of ways to address it or provide someone with the help they need.”