Columbia: People in the News

August 15, 2011

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council attended the NAACP's 102nd annual convention, held July 23-28, in Los Angeles. In honor of its 75th anniversary, the Youth and College Division of the NAACP joined forces with Yum! Brand to feed homeless and hungry residents of Los Angeles. Almost 400 youth and college members helped to feed and provide clothing and food to more than 3,500 people. Youth council members from Howard County who assisted in the event included Anasia Wharton, Ayo Mott, Cameron Carter, Carson Ward, Chizoba Ukairo, Khala Smith, Niwa Coleman and Whitney Dixon, along with their youth advisor, Bessie Bordenave.

Trinity School 8th graders Jessica Miles and Michael Tritsch were two of 14 students accepted into the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center "Nanoscience: The World Smaller than a Human Hair" in July. The course covered an introduction to nanotechnology, exploration of the world at the nano level, and tools and applications of nanotechnology. At the end of the course, the students were required to put their knowledge into practice by developing a unique, real-life application.

Additionally, Jessica and Michael were two of 11 students who received paid internships to Beginner GEMS: Gains in Education of Mathematics and Science, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. The students spent a week in Washington at the program, designed to enhance their interests in science and engineering by providing exciting curriculums, effective studying tools, science demonstrations and access to cutting-edge laboratory equipment. MRSEC researchers interact with students as mentors and role models while providing students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on experiments while learning and discussing current research and technology.

The Allen family held its 23rd annual reunion July 22-24 at the Sheraton Town Center hotel, in Columbia.

The Allen family received Letters of Welcome to Howard County from Maryland Del. Shane Pendergrass, District 13, and Howard County Executive Ken Ullman. Members of the Maryland Host Committee included Dr. Christine Carrington, of Columbia, along with her children, Michael Carrington, of Freeport, N.Y., Dr. David Carrington, of Lewisburg, Pa., and Lisa Carrington Bundy, of Columbia; and grandchildren Mark and Nina Bundy, of Columbia, and Michael and Nicole Carrington, of Freeport.

Reunion activities included a reception Friday night, a Washington guided tour, shopping at the Columbia mall, swimming, lake-side excursions, a banquet Saturday evening with a live DJ and dancing, and a prayer breakfast Sunday morning. A traditional program at the Saturday evening banquet included honor tributes to family ancestors and celebrations of current descendants. A scholarship in honor of the late Beatrice Allen Moon, mother of Dr. Christine Carrington, elder member of the host committee, was also awarded to an high school graduate. There are more 150 descendants of the Allen family who live throughout the United States; a majority of them live in Florida.

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