State students win big at competition

NAACP recognizes 10 from Maryland at event

July 21, 1999|By La Quinta Dixon | La Quinta Dixon,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For the second straight year, Marylanders have won the highest number of medals in the NAACP's national scholastic competition.

Ten Maryland high school students received honors in New York last week at the 22nd Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), competing against about 850 teen-agers in 12 categories, including the sciences, arts, math, entrepreneurship and film.

This year's theme, "Year of the Black Scientist," celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Percy L. Julian, who headed Howard University's chemistry department.

Three gold medalists are from Maryland: Osato Dixon of Carver Center for the Arts and Technology in Baltimore, for filmmaking; Karl Kuhn of Montgomery County's Watkins Mill High School, for music composition; and Patricia Edmonds of Woodlawn Senior High School, for the computer science competition.

Maryland teens took home 13 percent of the 75 awards and were awarded $9,500 in scholarships at the competition held during the NAACP's national convention. Edmonds, who devised a way to eliminate the need to presort garbage for recycling, received $3,000 and a laptop computer.

Maryland's silver medalists are: Tamara Hunter, Woodlawn Senior High School, entrepreneurship; Nicole Roberts, Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, painting; and Brandon Tilghman, Milford Mill Academy, physics.

Bronze medalists are Issa Lambson, Baltimore School of the Arts, music composition; Micah Hawkins, Howard County's Wilde Lake High School, chemistry; Danielle Evans, Montgomery County's Robinson Secondary School, original essay; and Michelle Agostini, Montgomery County's Springbrook High School, play writing.

The ACT-SO program was started in 1978 by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Vernon Jarrett to honor African-American students for academic excellence, said Rhonda Suttle, ACT-SO national director.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will start accepting applications for next year's competition Sept. 1. Information: 410-358-8900.

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