FAIRMONT HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI
THE PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
John J. Williams
Our prayers go out to Haiti in its
devastating earthquake disaster, and to all affected by the local snow
blizzards that shut down school, industries and governments. Through it
all, God is good!
HISTORICAL PRESERVATION OF FHHS
In the 2009 alumni newsletter I
echoed the joy we felt, but with mixed emotion, of the approval by the
Prince Georges County Board of Education of a new replacement for the
existing 60 year-old Fairmont Heights High School building. The school does
not meet the Countys high school minimum requirement of a 30- acre site.
Each time the School Board attempted to close the school, the alumni and
community supporters said "no! Finally, FHHS must move to a larger
Though I was aware of the present
school officials estimated cuts, which last week increased to an estimated
$28.4 million, after Gov. Martin OMalley (D) announced the proposed state
budget was $1 billion leaner than anticipated, it was no surprise that
FHHSs $14 million previously approved construction budget would be held
back until 2011. Thus, it may be 2013 before the construction is completed.
Meanwhile, the push to approve
Fairmont Heights High School as a Historical Site has never stopped. On
January 19, 2010, a public hearing was held at Newton White Mansion,
Mitchellville, MD at 7:00PM for testimony re: 393 pages on Preliminary
Historic Sites and Districts Plan. A number of speakers asked the approval
of Fairmont Heights High School as a Historical Site, including our School
Board representative Pat Fletcher, Rosolyn Johnson, Board Member &
former student and teacher of FHHS, Laurence Winston, June White, Esq. President,
and yours truly. Copies of the
approved sites and plans will be available to the public in a few weeks. I
have been promised that good news will be available by FHHS 60th
HELLO, MRS NICHOLSON;
GOODBY, MRS NICHOLSON!
FHHS Alumni and friends welcome the
new principal, Mrs. Nakia Nicholson, who replaced Mrs. Peggy Boozer
Nicholson (no relation), former principal and graduate of FHHS 68, who
retired in July 2009.
Mrs. Nakia Nicholson says, "As
the newly appointed principal of Fairmont Heights High School, I am honored
to serve and lead you. I already feel the excitement of a fresh start. I am
enthusiastically prepared to continue carrying the torch that will lead our
school in a direction of restoration and reveal the true essence of what
Fairmont Heights High School represents pride, honor, community, and
When asked how the alumni can help
carry the torch, Mrs. Nicholson replied: "The alumni can help the
school by volunteering as: Hall monitors (4 floors), Cafeteria monitors,
Telephone answering, or as needed by the school." Thelma Battle has
served as monitor for the entrance to main office and first floor for six
months. All volunteers should call the main office at 301-925-1360, or
Thelma Battle, Secretary, at 240-396-7986. Volunteers will be recognized at
the 60th Anniversary Reunion Dinner Dance Celebration on October
22, 2010. Volunteers, please sign the Alumni Volunteer Register with time
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!!!
FAIRMONT HEIGHTS VETERANS JOIN
FHHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
A newly organized group called
Fairmont Heights Veterans Association was presented at the Alumni Annual
Memorial Service on December 05, 2009, during the presentation of colors
and at the candlelight ceremony at New Mt
Nebo Baptist Church, 7501 Walker Mill
Drive, Capitol Heights, MD. Reverend Robert R. Johnson 57, Pastor, is
Memorial Service sponsor.
The group was organized in October
2009 at the American Legion building, Post #275, Glenarden, Maryland. The
organization is open to veterans interested in VA benefits and other
opportunities. One does not have to be a graduate of Fairmont Heights High
School to become a member of the Fairmont Heights Veterans Association. For
more details, contact Michael Marshall see contact info in this
newsletter or on the FHHS Alumni Website: www.fhhsaa.com at the
Veterans Corner page or email us at email@example.com .
ALUMNI AWARDS SIX SCHOLARSHIPS FOR
The number and amount of our
scholarships are determined by the participation at the Annual Reunion
Dance. Thanks to our faithful alumni and friends attending the 20th
Reunion Dance, we were able to present the following students with a total
University of MD College Park, MD
Coffeyville Com. College Kansas
Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
Greensboro College Greensboro, N.C.
Morehouse College - Atlanta, GA.
*Donations are tax deductible* - Fairmont Heights High School is
under 501 © (3) code
Gone, but Not Forgotten!!
Elizabeth Vivian Smith Gordon
Elizabeth (known by FHHS family as "Liz") Gordon
was dedicated to her alma mater. She had a passion for getting things done.
She served as Ways and Means Chairperson for "decades" and made
sure that money was there for scholarship for FHHS students.
Liz graduated from FHHS in 1952, and was just as involved with her
church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Largo, MD, as well as her community
activity on the progress of the new Woodmore At Glenarden Development.
For her many church, school and community involvement, a
"Celebration of Life" event is being planned in memory of
Elizabeth Gordon by Glenarden Pioneers and
Glenarden Historical Society. FHHS
Alumni Association has been invited to participate in the celebration. No
date has been set at this time.
FORMER ALUMNI, FACULTY HONORED
WITH $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP IN TRIBUTE
TO MRS. BERNICE CRISP AT MEMORIAL
Special praise and honor to more than
30 former alumni, faculty and veterans, who, with an honorary tribute to
Mrs. Bernice H. Crisp (1909-2009), were highlighted during the Candlelight
Ceremony on December 05, 2009, at New Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 7501 Walker
Mill Drive, Capitol Heights, Maryland. Reverend Robert R. Johnson SR. 57,
Mrs. Crisp, who taught at FHHS for
more than 38 years, was often assigned the toughest students, but changed
the lives of many who loved her and stayed in touch throughout her life. In
attendance were ten family members, with a representative who will present
the scholarship at the awards assembly in May 2010. The message,
"Weve Come This Far By Faith", was delivered by Reverend Joseph
A. Robinson,55, Pastor of Royal Oak Pentecostal Church, 7401 Willow Hill
Drive, Landover, Maryland.
Michael R. Black, 63, served as
Worship Leader, with a special solo by Mrs. Nakia Nicholson, FHHS new
principal, Thelma Spriggs Battle, Chairperson Memorial Program; Michael
Marshall was Program Designer.
After presentations and remarks by
John Williams, President and benediction by Pastor Johnson, followed by our
alma mater by Valary Morrison, 69. Refreshments were served.
FHHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
OFFERS CONDOLENCES TO
RECENT FAMILY LOSSES
Our heart-felt condolences go to Mrs.
Peggy Boozer Nicholson and family, in the loss of her daughter, Courtney
Boozer Ajayi, Esq., who passed after child-birth of baby Stokely Boozer
Ajayi on January 26, 2010. Services were held February 02, 2010 at Shiloh
Baptist Church, Glenarden, Maryland.
In addition, we mourn the loss of
Linda Adair Richardson 69, 0n January 31, 2010 in Jacksonville, North
Carolina. Services were held in Jacksonville, N.C. and also at Maple
Springs Baptist Church, Capitol Heights, Maryland on February 09, 2010.
FAIRMONT HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Date: Friday, October 22, 2010
Location: Martins Crosswinds
7400 Greenway Center Drive
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
Dinner Dance: 7:30PM 11:30PM
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010
Location: Fairmont Heights High
1401 Nye Street
Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743
Alumni Meeting & Elections:
Meet the Principal
Update on Future Plans for FHHS
Election of Officers for 2011
Tour of the School
Special event rates are available for
booking from 13-Feb-2010 through 23-Oct-2010 for the FHHS 60th
Anniversary Celebration at: Holiday Inn Greenbelt, 7200 Hanover Drive, Greenbelt,
Maryland 20770. Phone: 1-301-982-0863
NOMINATION OF OFFICERS FOR 2011
Submit names of all nominees to:
Carolyn Mooney Scriber at: CFScriber@aol.com or call
. . More
details will be available at the Annual Reunion Spring Dance on April 23, 2010
at the Gold Room. Also, check our website at: www.fhhsaa.com for
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