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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: French Immersion Program Recognized

Two French Immersion schools, Maya Angelou in Temple Hills and Dora Kennedy in Greenbelt, are the first in the state to receive the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ LabelFrancÉducation award.

The recognition is given to schools that offer enhanced instruction and meet the standards for quality bilingual education in France and another language as part of their curriculum.

Scholars of the Week

Fawziyah Alebiosu and Tyler Dent have been honored as the school system’s Scholars of the Week.

Fawziyah, a senior at Bladensburg High School, has a 3.85 grade point average and has taken several honors courses throughout her academic career, including English 10, geometry, Algebra 2 and government.

Fawziyah has been accepted at Robert Morris University with applications pending at Columbia University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Pomona College, University of Pennsylvania, Macalester College and Tufts University.

She plans to major in computer science and mathematics and wants to become a college professor.

Tyler, a senior at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School, knew long ago that she wanted to own her own business. As a student in the Academy of Finance program at Wise, Tyler has had the opportunity to study accounting and prepare for college and the financial services industry.

She has already earned a Certificate in Accounting and Finance from the Morgan University Summer Program.

Tyler, who in her spare time enjoys cheering, singing and dancing, plans to attend the University of Maryland College Park or New York University and major in accounting.

Lottery, Specialty Programs

The 2017-18 application process for specialty programs enrollment is available through March 13.

The school system offers several programs that provide a range of unique subjects, activities and learning opportunities as an enhancement of choice students and their families.

Through the PGCPS lottery process, parents and students have an opportunity to secure an available seat.

Due to space limitations, admission is determined by a random placement lottery.

Applications are available to all students who reside in Prince George’s County. While the specialty programs have specific boundaries, school assignments through the lottery are based on a student’s home address.

Farewell to Obamas

Nearly 400 students at Concord Elementary School in District Heights, recently wrote farewell letters to President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

The students poured their hearts and souls into expressing how much they have appreciated the Obamas for their service, as well as how much they will be missed once they leave the White House.

POSSE Scholarships

Eight PGCPS seniors have been named Posse Scholars, enabling them to receive four-year, full-tuition college scholarships from The Posse Foundation’s partnering schools.

Each scholarship is worth approximately $140,000.

Next fall, Posse Scholars from across the nation will enter colleges and universities in multicultural groups of 10 known as “posses.”

“Thanks to the generosity of the Posse Foundation, our students are able to realize their dreams of higher education,” said schools CEO Kevin Maxwell. “We are proud that our latest class of Posse Scholars continues the proud tradition of excellence, scholarship, leadership and ambition.”

Posse Scholars, who demonstrate potential to positively affect their professions, have a 90 percent college graduation rate.

Since 2013, 32 PGCPS students have received Posse scholarships. The latest Posse Scholars from Prince George’s County include:

Marcel Louisy, Bowie High School, University of Rochester

Jocelyn Lewis, Charles H. Flowers High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hamza Shittu, Charles H. Flowers High School, Bucknell University

Clennie Murphy, Fairmont High School, Lafayette College

Shomari Todd, Friendly High School, Sewanee: The University of the South

Jonathan Arrington, Friendly High School, Lafayette College

Joziah Mays, Friendly High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seriah Wyatt, Oxon Hill High School, Sewanee: The University of the South

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