National Carson Scholars Fund honors local students -- Gazette.Net


The Carson Scholars Fund has announced that 20 Charles County students are being honored by the program.

Each year, the fund recognizes a select group of high-achieving students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities.

Students receive a $1,000 college scholarship award and the honor of being named a Carson Scholar.

First-time scholars are Owen Butler, a fifth-grader at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, and Tyler Dixon, an eighth-grader at Milton M. Somers Middle School.

Recognized scholars are Carla Arquero, an eight-grader at Theodore G. Davis Middle School; Sarah Chen, an eight-grader at Somers; Brett Culhane, an eighth-grader at Somers; Christian Fisher, a ninth-grader at North Point High School; Autumn Gray, a sixth-grader at Davis; Jessica Green, a 10th-grader at North Point; Shane Gregan, a sixth-grader at John Hanson Middle School; Aryanna Ilamni, a seventh-grader at Mattawoman Middle School; Alexander Lateulere, a 10th-grader at Henry E. Lackey High School; Alphonso Gaston Lopez, a senior at North Point; Nicole Lusk, a 10th-grader at La Plata High School; Madison Mote, a seventh-grader at Piccowaxen Middle School; Caitie O’Donnell, a 10th-grader at North Point; Gabrielle Sandy, a ninth-grader at Lackey; Connor Smith, an eighth-grader at Matthew Henson Middle School; Ashlynn Stanley, an 11th-grader at North Point; Connor Wagner, a 10th-grader at Lackey; and Dennis Whitley IV, a ninth-grader at North Point.

The students will be honored at a banquet April 7 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn.

World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will deliver the keynote speech.

First aid class for bikers slated

Motorcycle riders share a unique set of circumstances if they are in an accident, so groups are organizing a Motorcycle Emergency Incident Management Training event starting at 8 a.m. April 14 for riders, road captains, emergency responders and advocates.

The class will be hosted by the Southern Maryland Motorcycle Safety Rally Safety Task Force and Red Knights MD 4. The training will run until 4 p.m. at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department at 24801 Three Notch Road in Hollywood.

There will be an hour-long break to provide students with an opportunity to participate in and enjoy the Southern Maryland Motorcycle Safety Rally in the parking lot.

In 2011, there were 70 motorcycle fatalities and 1,513 motorcycle crash injuries in Maryland. In 2011, there were 1,881 motorcycle-related crashes in Maryland. Instruction will include scene safety, scene management, mock scenario and patient triage.

Registration is $65 per person and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Kim Welling at 443-532-4409 or; Jonathan Riffe at 443-532-5315 or; or Kim Jones at 443-532-8516 or

Bluegrass goes great with spaghetti

Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition will perform at a bluegrass concert and spaghetti dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 16 at the Nanjemoy Community Center at 4375 Port Tobacco Road in Port Tobacco.

A spaghetti dinner will be served before the show starts, courtesy of the Nanjemoy Community Center Council. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Charles County residents may purchase tickets for $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets for nonresidents cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, call 301-246-9612.

Nonprofits launch laundry program

Deep Launching and LifeStyles of Southern Maryland are partnering to help homeless and low-income families in the region wash clothes for free.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at Dove’s Laundry at 12566 Mattawoman Drive in Waldorf, homeless families will have the opportunity to clean their families’ clothes and receive bag lunches on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deep Launching and LifeStyles recognize that there is a population in Southern Maryland who cannot wash their families’ clothes on a regular basis due to economic hardships and living conditions that prohibit access to washers, dryers and running water.

The initiative will expand to La Plata and Indian Head in April and May.

Tax-deductible donations are being accepted to help homeless families in need. Deep Launching — formerly known as Vision Fulfilled — is a nonprofit formed in 2001 to provide relief and administer material aid to homeless, low-income, distressed and underprivileged children, women, men and families. Contact President Masada Johnson at 240-396-7001, or

Gals Lead teen mentorship program

Founded by local women business owners, the Gals Lead teen mentorship program designed for high school girls in sophomore to senior classes in Southern Maryland will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 and 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn Solomons at 13100 Dowell Road.

The program is a unique two-day training course designed and developed with a young girl’s natural strengths, talents and abilities in mind.

Students will learn about dream building, overcoming obstacles, creating action plans that get results, communication techniques for getting a job, doing an interview, talking with adults and leadership skills.

The full tuition is $175. To register online for the program or for more information, go to, call Erin Ross or Amy Thompson at 301-481-6271, or email