THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2014-6 OF JUNE 1, 2014
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. FOUNDATION AWARDS 2014 SCHOLARSHIPS. We are proud to announce these outstanding recipients of the Foundation’s 2014 scholarships:
General Fund Scholarship Recipients:
SEAN NFORKAH maintains a 3.5 GPA while taking AP and Honors courses, has been selected to the National Honor Society, received the Jessie J. Warr Memorial Achievement Award, and the Rotary Club Student of the Month award. He is a College Summit Peer Leader, Captain of the Soccer team and member of the cross country, indoor track and tennis teams, Class Treasurer, volunteer soccer coach for soccer summer camp. In the fall, Sean will attend the West Virginia Institute of Technology where he will major in Athletic Coaching Education.
NATALIE SWADLEY maintains a 3.875 GPA and has been selected to the National Honor Society. She participates in Honor Guard and the softball and soccer teams, is a member of the Marching Hornets, and served as a Special Olympics assistant for four years. She placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in three Science Fairs at Surrattsville, and has received multiple honors and recognitions in the JROTC program. In the fall, Natalie will attend Johnson & Wales University or UMES.
CHUKWUDI EZEONYEBUCHI maintains a 3.75 GPA, has been selected to the National Honor Society, is Senior Vice President of the SGA, a College Summit Peer Leader, a JROTC Class Leader and Executive Officer, a Rotary Club Student Leader, and the Kitty Hawk Commander of the JROTC. He is Captain of the swim team and a member of the soccer team. He was selected Student of the Month and Cadet of the Quarter. Chukwudi will attend the University of Maryland in the Fall.
Charlie Waddell Memorial Scholarship Recipient:
JOFFREY POLLARD maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking AP and Honors courses, and has been selected to the Honor Roll during his entire Surrattsville career. He is a member of the Marching Band, the Symphonic Band, the Pep Band and the Concert Band. Joffrey also completed over 300 community service hours volunteering with Camp Cornerstone and Up to Par Educational Solutions. In the fall, Joffrey will enroll as a music major at North Carolina A & T University.
Congratulations and very best wishes for the future to these very accomplished young scholars!
[Ed note: Photos and bios of all of the Foundation Scholarship recipients to date can be found at the web site at www.surrattsville.org, and photos of the Scholarship recipients proudly hang in the Foundation's Legacy Hall at the School.]
2. FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2013 ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS. The Foundation also is proud to announce this year's group of truly extraordinary Achievement Award recipients.
CHRISTINA BROOKING (03), graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park and the Howard University School of Law. After law school, Christina clerked for the Honorable Herman C. Dawson of the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County, Maryland. During her clerkship, she was the creator and coordinator for the Rising S.T.A.R.S. Youth Scholarship Organization’s tutoring program. The Rising S.T.A.R.S. Youth Scholarship Foundation is a program that provides tutoring, mentoring and scholarships to teenagers who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Christina also was the chair for the first annual Prince George’s County Teen Dating Violence Summit where over 150 teenagers came out to learn about the dangers of dating violence. Christina also volunteered with the Girl Scouts of America as a speaker and a mentor. Currently, Christina is an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.
In her capacity as an Assistant State's Attorney, Christina is responsible for full criminal docket in addition to being the liaison to the Prince George's County School System. Christina specifically focuses on strategies and programs that help reduce the criminal recidivism rate for teenagers in Prince George's County. Christina is also the President of the Prince George’s County chapter of the Women’s Bar Association where she is most proud of the new Diamonds program. The Diamonds consist of 20-25 young women between the ages of 13-17 who are currently residents of Prince George’s County. The purpose of the Diamonds is to give young women access to female mentors who are attorneys in Prince George’s County. The mentors are all members of the Women’s Bar Association who have a passion and energy to help guide the lives of young women in Prince George’s County. The Women’s Bar Association also has designed programming tailored to help cultivate and polish leadership qualities in the young women. These programs include an etiquette class with a Judge, team building exercises, and sessions on how to effectively communicate when in a leadership role and sessions about college.
Christina is active in the organization’s work with the Thomas J. Waxter Children’s Center which is the girls’ detention facility in Laurel, Maryland. The Women's Bar Association holds interactive seminars with the teenage girls on topics such as etiquette, public speaking and self-esteem. The Women's Bar Association of Prince George's County received an award for "Best Public Service Project" from the Maryland State Bar Association for their work with the Waxter Children's Center. Christina is also on the Executive Board of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland. Christina volunteers for the Prince George’s County Public School System by having interactive lectures with ninth grade students on criminal law. In 2013, Christina was voted one of the "Top Twenties in their Twenties” by the Daily Record Newspaper. Christina also was selected by the Maryland State Bar Association to be one of its 15 Leadership Academy Fellows for the 2013-2014 year.
STEVE VUTSINAS (84), or “Mr. V” as his students affectionately call him, is a 1988 graduate of the East Carolina University School of Music. Steve graduated cum laude with a degree in violin performance and a minor in viola performance. He received a second degree from ECU in music education. He began his teaching career in 1989 in the Pitt County School System near Greenville, North Carolina where he taught K-12 Orchestra for 10 years. He also coached boys’ varsity basketball there and his teams won two state championships. Steve has taught and coached high school sports for 24 years. His North Carolina orchestra students won the prestigious North American Music Festival National Championship, being named the top high school orchestra to have performed in the festival around the nation. Steve also taught for four and a half years in St. Petersburg, Florida and for nine years in Chesapeake, Virginia where, he is the current orchestra director and Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair at Grassfield High School. While at Grassfield, Steve’s orchestras have received numerous awards including a Music Festivals National Championship, and his Chamber Orchestra was selected to perform at the prestigious Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference in 2012.
2013-2014 was a special academic year for Steve. In November 2013 he was selected as Grassfield High School Teacher of the Year and was also named as a finalist for the City of Chesapeake Teacher of the Year. In addition, former students nominated him for the inaugural Grammy Foundation Music Educator of the Year award. With over 34,500 other nominees, he began a process involving applications, interviews and questions over a ten-month period. After several cuts and months of waiting, Steve was selected as a Top Ten Finalist for this Grammy. For this selection, Grassfield High School received a check for $1,000 and Steve was also awarded $1000. In addition, Microsoft Corporation sent Steve five Surface 2 Tablets that he is using to build a recording studio at his school for students to begin to explore writing and recording music as a potential life path.
When Steve isn’t teaching, he spends time in the mission field during the summers working in orphanages in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Moshi, Tanzania.
RICK WREN (74) – Rick retired in 2011
as a two star Admiral in the US Navy. At the time of his retirement
Rick was the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan in 2009.
received his commission and B.S. degree from the United States Naval
Academy in 1978. In August 1979, he qualified as a naval flight
officer and reported to the Seahawks of VAW-126 in August 1980
completing Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea deployments on board
the USS John F. Kennedy. Rick was selected as the 1983 Hawkeye of
the Year while serving with the Seahawks.
was assigned to his last post, command of U.S. Naval Forces, Japan
in April 2009. His military awards include the Legion of Merit,
Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious
Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and
various unit awards and citations.
3. INAUGURAL 5K RUN/WALK IS MAY 31. On Saturday May 31, at 9 a.m. at the School, the Tekau’s Heart Memorial Foundation will hold its inaugural 5K Run/Walk. The Foundation reports that the event “is held in memory of Tekau Turiya Rasayon (12), who passed away suddenly on March 28, 2012, at 17 years of age, from an anomalous coronary artery (ACA). This first 5K Run/Walk is a Fun Run, in honor of her spirit and temperament. In addition to raising awareness about heart conditions, especially ACAs in teens and young adults, this 5K will help raise money for a memorial scholarship in Tekau's name.” Sign-up forms and information about the event, and information about the Foundation, can be found at http://www.tekausheart5k.com.
4. FOUNDATION FUNDS 2014 GRADUATES' TREASURE CHESTS. Last month, the PTSA awarded the third annual "Memorial Treasure Chests" to a group of graduating seniors. The chests are stocked with items useful to graduating seniors regardless of their plans for after graduation, are awarded at random, and in provided honor of Surrattsville's Fallen Heroes. The Foundation is proud to provide funding for this very nice PTSA recognition program.
The Foundation is thrilled to partner with the PTSA in this very nice send-off for these lucky graduating seniors. Photos of the Treasure Chests ceremony are on the Foundation's web site at www.surrattville.org, and a video program about the 2013 presentations is on the Foundation's youtube channel.]
5. ANNUAL BLUE CRABS EVENT JUST THREE WEEKS AWAY! As noted in previous e-Notices, this year’s annual 2014 Blue Crabs All Classes Game and Picnic event – to be held on Saturday June 21 -- will be a Foundation fund raiser! Specifically, $5 of each ticket will be donated to the Foundation's annual Charlie Waddell Memorial Scholarship. In addition to the features of the very successful Blue Crabs nights of the past few years, this year's 5th annual event will feature a dedicated-to-Surrattsville picnic area (if 200 or more tickets are sold) and a fund raising raffle featuring items like three pairs of tickets to future Blue Crabs games.
Tickets are $30, and include parking, game tickets, 15% off at the team store and access to the two-hour all you can eat buffet picnic offering BBQ ribs, lemon pepper chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, chips, ice cream sandwiches and soft drinks. Buying tickets is simple: just go to www.somdbluecrabs.com and click on the “Fun-Raisers” tab, then click on the Surrattsville icon, then enter fundraising code SHS14, then click buy. Select your seats and complete your order. (Questions: Call Del Baxter at the Blue Crabs at 301-374-1127.)
If you have any items that you or your business would like to donate to the raffle, or have any questions about the Surrattsville aspects of the event, please contact Evan Vutsinas (76) at email@example.com. Many thanks to Evan for organizing these great annual events for the Surrattsville community!
6. HISTORICAL FIND. Dave Deal passed along an article he found in the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, from September 29, 1906, that mentions Surrattsville. Here are some excerpts: “[The name Surrattsville has been changed to Clinton], but the country folks thereabouts in Prince George [sic] county have never consented to the change, nor adopted it. The place is still Surrattsville to them, and doubtless always will be. Within the past fifteen years Surrattsville has grown to be quite a respectable hamlet in size, with churches, schools, comfortable homes and a public house. It has telephone connection with the outside world, and is soon to have a trolley line into Washington. The old Surratt tavern still stands, and, having been remodeled, is now a very commodious and comfortable dwelling.” The article then notes: “From this country place, the Surratts, about the time the war began, moved to Washington, established themselves in the house on H Street, near Sixth, where they kept boarders. Here the plotters for the abduction and assassination of President Lincoln were wont to hold their meetings, and here, too, Mrs. Surratt was taken into custody. … Near the western boundary of [Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington], and not far from the [B&O] tracks, there is a small marble head stone [for Mrs. Surratt].”
7. HORNET AUTHOR FEATURED ON FACEBOOK. And, speaking of history, Stacey Fowler passed along this link about Hornet author Lori Johnson Benton (86): https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriBenton. Lori’s work might be of interest to members of the Surrattsville community interested in historical fiction.
8. CLASS OF 95 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 95 will be celebrating its 20 reunion in June 2015 at the Colony South and is looking for our classmates. Please send an email to Kenya Samuels Gray at Kenya.Gray@gmail.com if you have any information on 95 grads or members of their family. The Class also has a Surrattsville Class of 1995 group on Facebook.
To kick-off the "countdown to 20," on June 11, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. the Class’s planning committee is hosting a celebrity scoops night at Rita's in Clinton (the old Pizza Hut near the intersection of Woodyard Road and Brandywine Road).
9. CLASS OF 75 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 75 is considering plans for a reunion. (Note that the Class of 75 reunion is not part of the upcoming Class of 74 reunion as was previously mentioned.) Please contact Lorraine Frank Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cindy Shaffer Kluth on Facebook, if you are interested in the Class of 75 event.
10. CLASS OF 79 REUNION UPDATE. We received this update from the Class of 79 Reunion planners: "Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 23, 2014 for the Class of 79 Reunion, and surrounding classes are more than welcome to join in the fun. The event is planned to be at the Hilton Garden Inn in Waldorf, MD. To sign up and buy tickets go to: http://www.surrattsville79.reunionmanager.com/ Or email Marilynda Orange Macquade at email@example.com to sign up.
11. CLASS OF 74 PLANS REUNION. And here’s an update from the Class of 74 about plans for its upcoming reunion: “The votes are in and the Class of 1974’s 40 year reunion is confirmed for September 6, 2014 beginning at 7 p.m. at The South River Golf Club at 3451 Solomons Island Road in Edgewater, MD. Tickets are $70 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Please RSVP to Paul Myers at 1264 Hilltop Dr., Annapolis, MD 21409 by August 1. (No refunds after August 22.) There also will be a cookout Sunday at Barbara Beinert’s. Hotel reservations at Annapolis Springhill Suites, 888-287-9400 by August 6 (group rate code SHRSHRB). Please go to the “Surrattsville Class of 74” Facebook page to get more details on the reunion and to review comments from your fellow alumni on the reunion. The Facebook link to the Class of 74 site is https://www.facebook.com/groups/117993451552383/. If you do not receive an invitation during the next 2-3 weeks and would like to attend the reunion please contact Paul Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you all in September. In the meantime, have a great summer – the Reunion Committee.”
12. CLASS OF 64 FINALIZES REUNION PLANS. And we received this reunion update from the Class of 64: “The Class of 1964 has finalized plans for the 50th reunion. A fun-filled weekend is being planned for September 26-28, 2014. The reunion will be held at the Commander Hotel located at the Boardwalk and 1401 Atlantic Street, Ocean City, MD, 410-289-6166. The hotel's web site is www.commanderhotel.com. If you are interested in staying at the hotel, a block of rooms have been held with a 20% discount. However, you must mention the SHS reunion. It is recommended that reservations be made as early as possible.
We have a deadline of June 1, 2014 for reservations to attend the reunion. The cost for the dinner/dance on Saturday, 9/27/14 is $64 and also includes a "goodie" bag. Dress for the entire weekend, including the dinner/dance, is Beach Casual, but no speedos or thongs please! On Friday evening, March 26 there will be a reception at the hotel, which is a BYOB event. Appetizers will be provided. Remember, the deadline to register is June 1, 2014.
This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime event! If you are interested in attending, please contact one of the following people and we will let you know where you can send the money for the reunion. Please do not hesitate to call - we are looking forward to seeing everyone and having a great time. Call or e-mail:
Philip Foster, 301-254-1946,
[Ed. note: Love the pricing and the dress code!]
13. CLASSES OF 83/84/85 REUNION. And we received this notice from the Classes of 83, 84 and 85: "Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 11, 2014 for our Classes of 83/84/85 Reunion. Please email Debbie O’Clair MacKenzie at Debbiemackenzie45@yahoo.com to be placed on the mailing list (if you have not already received the “save the date” email). If you have questions about the event, contact your Class representative:
14. SEEKING WEB SITE VOLUNTEER. The Foundation is still seeking an individual who might be willing to volunteer time to post items to the Foundation’s web site from time-to-time, and perhaps to update the website with more modern technology. Please send me an email at email@example.com if you would consider volunteering your talents to this noble undertaking.
15. NEW PHOTOS CONTINUE TO BE ADDED TO FOUNDATION'S FACEBOOK GROUP. Thanks to the on-going work of Foundation Historian and Archivist Shelby Lee Oppermann (79) and a number of members of the Surrattsville community, the large collection of wonderful historical photos with Surrattsville themes on the Foundation's Facebook Group, "Surrattsville Alumni," continues to grow. (Naturally, the Foundation would love to have any Surrattsville- or Clinton-themed historical photos or videos you might wish to share.)
16. FOUNDATION'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL CONTINUES TO CREATE INTEREST. The Foundation's youtube channel is always looking for additional content to add. (There's a rumor that there might be some digital copies of drama productions at Surrattsville that might be suitable to include. Naturally, we'd love to have those treasures!)
Please become a subscriber to the channel,
take a moment to view the programs on the channel at
17. FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW. The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and now exceeds 1800 members. This is a great, and free, way for folks to stay in touch. Similarly, the Class-specific Facebook Groups – that have names like "Surrattsville 1969," "Surrattsville 1973," "Surrattsville 1971," and the like -- continue to grow. These Facebook Groups are becoming an increasingly active way for folks to share memories and news updates of interest to the Surrattsville community. Please consider joining the Surrattsville Alumni Group, and your own Class-specific Group.
All the best, Henry Smith (71)
MANY THANKS TO THESE EARLY DONORS TO THE 2014 CAMPAIGN!