The following Jamaica Plain individuals, businesses and organizations have received recognition:

Halle Edwards-McQuilton was one of sixteen student members of Brimmer and May’s Model United Nations Club who recently traveled to Yale University in New Haven to participate in the 37th annual Yale Model United Nations conference.

Chrismaldi Vasquez is the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley’s new Director of Community Impact.

Milan Kumar Karki tied for second place in the Career Pathways Image Contest sponsored by David Rosen of Newsome Associates.

Boston City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo has been awarded a scholarship from Bikes Belong and SRAM to attend the Velo-City conference in Seville, Spain.

Joe Wood was named a 2009 Crafts fellow by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the Concord Art Association (CAA).

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral was recently named among the top 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston by Boston Magazine.

The Jamaica Plain APAC received a $1,700 donation from Stop & Shop. With the help of customers in Jamaica Plain, Stop & Shop’s annual Food for Friends program was able to raise more than $2 million to fight hunger this year.

Cassandra Vickers, Elizabeth Greene, Sara Taylor, and Grace Fisher earned gold distinction at Newton Country Day School. Clare Fisher, Jasmine Turnbull, Sarah Greene and Gabriella Vitale earned silver distinction. Gold distinction means a grade average of A or A- with no grade below B+; silver distinction means earning a B+ average with no grade below a B-.

The donors of Jamaica Plain contributed to the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation’s best year in history. In 2010 the Foundation raised over $1,000,000.00 for local mentoring programs and the children they support.

Alexis Breiteneicher, Ashley Brooks, Ben Schwartz, Mark Goldner, and Shannon McCarthy ran in the 115th Boston Marathon to help conquer cancer as members of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team.

Sandra Storey was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award 2010.

Kevin Handly ran the Boston marathon in support of WalkBoston.

Ramsay Pope was granted a scholarship for exceptional talent, dedication and commitment to artistic growth by the Anthony Quinn Foundation.

Sociedad Latina Associate Director Dini Paulino-Rodriguez was chosen recently for the 2011 El Planeta PowerMeter list of influential people in Massachusetts’ Latino community.

Halle Edwards-McQuilton and Oscar Thaler earned high honors at the Brimmer and May School. Corin Harkness earned honors.

Erik Gehring had three photographs juried into ‘Capturing Time’, a Lynn Arts Juried Photo Show.

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Jamaica Plain location scored at or above the 90th percentile in the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners report.

Steve Laferriere ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP).

Benjamin J. Knappmiller, Miriam H. Sznycer-Taub, Niels J. Klitgord, Ian S. Reynolds, Elizabeth A. Howard, Kengyeh K. Chu, Jason A. Marder, Kristen M. Kamp and  Timnit F. Tekeste graduated from Boston University.

Susan W. Pain won the the School of the Museum of Fine Arts’s Medal Award.

Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral recently participated on a special panel assembled by Simmons College as part of the school’s 14th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast celebration.

Dr. Oliver Tostmann has been appointed as William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

South Street Mall and Courts won a design award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.

Kyle Bettencourt ran the Boston Marathon to raise money for Perkins School for the Blind.

Nadia I. Bercovich, Hellen T. Lu, Mark Ian Schwartz, Raffi Christopher Yessayan and Ying Qi Zhang qualified for Dean’s List for the 2010 fall semester at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public School’s boys’ basketball team won its first-ever, state-wide middle school Charter School Cup championship.

Mossik Hacobian was honored by UMasss Botson with the Robert H. Quinn Award for Outstanding Community Leadership.

Judith Kurland, director of the Center for Community Democracy & Democratic Literacy at UMass Boston, was honored by Health Leads.

Gabriella Vitale was honored at the Newton Country Day School winter athletic awards ceremony.

Laurie Maranian ran the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC).

David Wilson was honored by the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project with the Individual Excellence Award.

Jesse Begenyi was a finalist in WGBH Lab’s Stonewall Uprising Open Call.

Community Servings received a $50,000 corporate gift from BNY Mellon.

Anna Youman, a teacher at the Curley K-8 School, was named a Teachers as Artists Fellow, a competitive fellowship program that awards up to eight $5,000 grants to Boston Public School arts teachers. She will attend the Creativity Workshop with Wanda Chaves, Ph.D., and practice independent art making at Mas Pinet in Sainte Cecile d’Andorge, France.