The Society for Human Resource Management has named C.H. Flowers High School alumnus Joey Price among its “30 under 30 list.”

Here’s what the society had to say about its first assemblage of emerging leaders, who “knocked our socks off”:

“We started our search for the next generation of talent in the spring of 2016, when we asked the HR community to nominate their young peers for this special recognition. … After receiving more than 200 recommendations, the HR Magazine team, in collaboration with our colleagues in the HR and membership departments at SHRM, carefully reviewed and discussed each one. Every nominee impressed us, so it was a mighty struggle to narrow down the list. But we think the 30 young professionals we selected are a fine representation of diversity, innovation, service and leadership in HR.”

Scholars of the Week

Kory Gaines, a senior at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, has a 4.07 grade point average and is interested in a career in engineering, where he’d like utilize skills to innovate the automotive industry.

His course load includes Advanced Placement U.S. History, Government and Politics, English Language and Composition, World History, Calculus AB, English Literature, and Human Geography.

Kory is a member of the National and Math Honor Societies and a participant in the College Prep Program at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. He is also on the track and field, cross-country and football teams.

Kory has pending applications at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland and others.

Alpha Gassama, a senior at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, has a 4.21 grade point average.

A student in the Science and Technology Program, Alpha’s course load includes Advanced Placement Psychology, U.S. History, Government and Politics, English Language & Composition, World History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, and Physics C. He has also taken Honors Chemistry and Physics.

Alpha is a member of the National and Math Honor Societies, African Student Association, and Principal’s Action Council. He is also a member of the tennis team and humanitarian club.

An aspiring chemical engineer and entrepreneur with plans to double major in engineering and small business operations, Alpha hopes to develop a clothing company specializing in unique synthetic fibers.

Alpha has pending applications at the University of Maryland, Georgia Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Whitehall’s Gifted and Talented Program Recognized

Whitehall Elementary School in Bowie is among the recipients of the Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education Awards, one of only 10 schools statewide selected for the honor.

“Whitehall Elementary exemplifies the gold standard of gifted and talented education in our state,” said schools CEO Kevin Maxwell. “It’s important for all students to have educational opportunities that keep them challenged and engaged. We could not be prouder.”

The EGATE Award recognizes public school programs that offer superior and equitable gifted and talented education. The rigorous application process requires school teams to document how their school’s gifted and talented education program aligns with the Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Education Program Guidelines.

This year’s new EGATE schools will be honored during Maryland’s Gifted and Talented Education Month at a Feb. 16 reception and awards ceremony from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North County High School in Glen Burnie.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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