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Benjamin Banneker High School Student Surprised In Classroom With Full-Ride To GWU

Adam Middleton was sitting in his Benjamin Banneker classroom when a flood of reporters and cameras entered.  Maybe this wasn't just any normal day.

Next to enter was the George Washington University Colonial mascot accompanied by GWU's President himself, Steven Knapp.

Definitely not the normal day at Banneker.

Middleton was then told that he was one of nine D.C. high school seniors who had received the Stephen Joel Tractenberg Scholarship Award from GW, which will cover tuition, fees, room, board and books at the University for all four years.

See the video above to watch the surprise classroom ceremony unfold.

Middleton, who was one of two Banneker students to receive the award(the other was Chide Agbaeruneke), has a 4.01 GPA and will study journalism and mass communication at GW's School of Media and Public Affairs.

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14th Annual Youth Summit on Technology.  Look for more information soon. 

And the Winner of the Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl Competition is ….

And the Winner of the Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl Competition is ….

Patriots Technology Training Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy was proud to host the 6th Annual Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl - a math and science competition for middle school students.  With the nation’s focus on energy independence and sustainability, it’s important to promote the benefits of science and math among middle school youth.

The Patriots 4th Annual visit to the Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day

The Patriots 4th Annual visit to the Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day

Friday, February 25, 2011, was a fun-filled day for the Patriots members that joined Rodney Beverly and Danna Jennings at the 20th Annual Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day.  Mr. Beverly is also a Member of the Patriots Board of Directors.  

During a Mix and Mingle breakfast our members enjoyed the opportunity to network with Microsoft representatives who encouraged them to learn about the opportunities that the field of technology can bring.  Overall, the objective of Microsoft's Minority Student Day was to provide a mechanism for students to learn about emerging technologies that Microsoft is developing for the present and near future, plus their ability to one day possibly be the creator of that technology. 

Mayor Gray To Convene Public Hearing On D.C. Public Schools Budget

This community notice comes to us from the Executive Office of the Mayor:

 

WASHINGTON -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray is convening a hearing that will give members of the public an opportunity to provide their input on shaping the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) budget for Fiscal Year 2012 -- a year that will force all D.C. agencies to engage in significant belt-tightening due to a major budget deficit.

SESI Admissions Director Fights Truancy at Students’ Front Doors

This story comes to us from Tony Gallotto:

David Clarke isn’t a cop or a truant officer, but for a few years now he has taken his fight against truancy directly to students’ front doors. Behind those doors, Clarke often finds students and their families in crisis causing unexcused absences.

 

Clarke, the admissions director for the six D.C. schools operated by Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), said student truancy often has complicated underlying causes. “Most of our students are not skipping school just for the heck of it,” Clarke said.

 

“I have found some of our kids with no food, no electricity, no heat or hot water. Some were left to babysit younger siblings. Others were afraid to leave home because of neighborhood beefs,” said Clarke. “Some had no clean clothes, no money to do laundry and were embarrassed to come to school because they didn’t feel presentable.”

 

Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception

Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception

The U.S. Department of the NAVY hosted and invited our members to attend the Stars & Strips reception held during the Black Engineers Awards Conference on February 18, 2011.  The NAVY (Flag Officers) had round-table discussions with the students based on their interest in a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).  

On Saturday, February 19th, the Patriots attended the conference where hundreds of organizations were available to help our youth focus on the importance of STEM related fields in an effort to develop the necessary leadership skills to be successful in their future career goals.