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Photo Gallery: Northwestern High Student Among Those Recognized With County Scholar Dollar Awards

Twenty Prince George's County students received American Express gift certificates, with four lucky students getting free roundtrip airline tickets, under the Scholar Dollar Family Program to honor academic achievement.

In an effort to embrace student achievement in Prince George's County, and the Prince George's County Public Schools rewarded several students today for their academic excellence through the Scholar Dollar Family Program.

The ceremony, which took place at awarded several students who earned a 3.0 GPA, made honor roll, or achieved some other significant status with special discounts, incentives and prizes. In addition to American Express gift certificates, four of the 20 students received a grand prize of four round-trip tickets each from Southwest Airlines.

The opened the ceremony with several tunes under the direction of Anthony Townes. Amber Waller, a member of the county Board of Education and strong supporter of the Scholar Dollar program, made the opening remarks and introduced who stressed the importance of academic achievement throughout the county. Karen Price-Ward, Southwest Airlines community affairs and grassroots manager, presented the grand prize tickets to the winners.

Under the Scholar Dollar program, eligible students are entered into a drawing each quarter. One student from elementary, middle, high school, and special centers was drawn for each quarter to receive the prizes. Students who show improved attendance status also are recognized through the program and can be entered into the drawing.

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