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Date: October 29, 2003 (03-85)
Contacts: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

Three Montgomery College Students Win Mark Curtis Awards
Awards Honor Outstanding Humanities Students with Scholarships 

            An award-winning speaker, a world-traveling youth leader, and a Smithsonian Institution intern are this year’s Montgomery College recipients of the 2003 Mark Curtis Awards honoring outstanding humanities students.  The three students – Angela Clubb, Matthew Sams, and Nehanda Tankasala –will be presented with certificates and $500 cash scholarships at the 8th Annual Mark Curtis Awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., at the Wootton High School Auditorium, 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville.  The Mark Curtis Scholars will be recognized along with 112 Montgomery County High School students.     

            Clubb, a Takoma Park resident, attends Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus where she maintains a 4.0 grade point average.  Fluent in English, Mandarin, and Chinese, Clubb has served as editor of the Takoma Park Campus newspaper, the Excalibur.  In that capacity, Professor Esther Schwartz-McKinzie saw Clubb encourage fellow students to submit articles while using the paper “as a medium to encourage intellectual exchange and creative writing at Takoma Park.”

            With aspirations of a career in Congress, Matthew Sams attends the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College where he participates in the honors program.  Professor Joan Naake met Sams through her online World Literature course.  She says Sams demonstrated his “intellectual curiosity” by being one of the few students in her career to “request an amplification of dactylic hexameter and English meter in general.”  In his spare time, Sams volunteers as a youth football coach for the Rockville Football League.  This winter, Sams will travel to Prague to attend the Youth Leadership Conference.  Only 50 participants are accepted worldwide.        

On the Rockville Campus, Nehanda Tankasala participates in the Women’s Studies student group; the Montgomery College Arts and Literary magazine, “Red Jacket;” the MC Honors Society; and Women in Engineering and Science Technology.  This fall, the Rockville resident is serving as an intern with the Smithsonian Institution.  Professor Genevieve Carminati describes her as “a bit of an anthropologist … a generous human being, genuinely interested in knowing and understanding others.” 

            The Mark Curtis Award, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County along with the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, was established in honor of Mark Hubert Curtis, a distinguished historian, educator and author.  Dr. Curtis was the president of the American Association of Colleges and University Presidents, and president of Scipps College, one of the Claremont Colleges in California.  From 1991 until his death in 1994, Dr. Curtis served as chairperson of the Montgomery County Commission on the Humanities.

            For more information on the Mark Curtis Awards and the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, contact Judy Gaines, director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, at 240-567-7333.

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