On April 29 at the newly renovated Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Capitol Heights, Md., twelve members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were recognized for their outstanding service in the areas of education and government in Prince George’s County. Through their efforts, many county residents have cleared numerous accomplishments. The Deltas who were recognized are listed below. They are referred to as “Delta High Achievers”.

• Iris Metts, former superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools
• Parthenia Pruden (deceased), former assistant superintendent, Prince George’s County Public Schools
• Joan Brown, former assistant superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools
• Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College
• Brenda Hughes, former Maryland State delegate and former member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education
• Carolyn J B Howard, Maryland State delegate
• Shelia Tillerson Adams, administrative judge, Prince George’s County Circuit Court
• Angela Alsobrooks, State’s Attorney, Prince George’s County
• Jacqueline Brown, former chief administrative officer, Prince George’s County
• Camille Exum, former county councilmember, Prince George’s County, District 7
• Elizabeth Hewlett, chair of the Prince George’s County Planning Board, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
• Marye Wells-Harley, former director of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission;

The following individuals brought congratulatory remarks to the honorees: Ms. Diane Venable, president of the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Mr. Anthony Nolan, Chief of the Natural and Historical Resources Division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Senator Joanne Benson, Senator Douglas Peters, Councilmember Derrick Davis and Ms. Laverne Gray, a member of the Ridgeley Family and the Ridgeley Community.

The Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter, of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presented plaques to each honoree and Senator Joanne Benson presented citations from the Maryland General Assembly.

On behalf of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Ms. Gail Thomas, director of the Black History Program Department unveiled a new exhibit of portraits of the twelve honorees that will be on displayed in the Ridgeley Rosenwald School.

This program was sponsored by the Ridgeley School Initiative Task Force of the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter works in partnership with Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to operate the Ridgeley Rosenwald School. The school now functions as a museum.

The institution was built in 1927 for the black children in the Ridgeley Community.

The school has three classrooms and each classroom now serves a different purpose. One classroom is now a recreated 1927 classroom. The second classroom is now an exhibit/meeting room. The third classroom is now a conference/reading room. The school is open for tours every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and on fourth Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed on holidays. You can find the new exhibit of the “Deltas High Achievers” in the Conference/Reading Room of the Ridgeley Rosenwald Museum.