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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.

 

1980’s-90’s Silver Spring Serial Rapist Convicted

A jury has found Fletcher Anderson Worrell, 63, guilty of rape in the First Degree.

Worrell was recently determined to be the rapist who terrorized Silver Spring in 1986-91.  Although there may be as many as 20 victims from that time period, this is his first conviction in Montgomery County.  Worrell also has been convicted in New York and New Jersey for sexual offenses. 

He will serve a sentence of life in prison.

The State Attorney for Montgomery County, John J. McCarthy gave thanks to the Montgomery County Police Department for its investigation of the case and arrest of the defendant.

Ronald Walters, Rights Leader and Scholar, Dies at 72

The New York Times reports that Ronald W. Walters, who organized one of the nation’s first lunch-counter sit-ins to protest segregation as a young man and went on to become a leading scholar of the politics of race, died Friday in Bethesda, Md. He was 72 and lived in Silver Spring, Md.

The cause was cancer, his wife, Patricia Turner Walters, said.