WASHINGTON — Paul Towner of Millers was selected to attend the 1991 National Young Leaders Conference this week as part of a group of 350 students from across the nation who gathered to learn first-hand about the government.
The event, sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, had as its theme "The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leadersof Today." During the six-day conference, Paul met with key leaders and newsmakers from the three branches of government, the media and diplomatic corps.
Outstanding high school students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and citizenship are invited to the conference.
Highlights of the week included welcoming remarks from a member of Congress on the floor of the House of Representatives, a lobbying seminar, and a panel discussion led by prominent journalists at the National Press Club.
Paul explored executive decision-making in a simulation titled, "If I Were President." He also attended a college preparation seminar and received information about the admission process from various representatives, and visited a foreign diplomatic embassy.
He met with Maryland's U.S. representatives and senators or their staff to discuss policy issues and topics of local and state concern.
He participated in "The Mock Congress on Gun Control," during
which scholars assumed the roles of U.S. representatives debating, lobbying and voting on proposed hand gun legislation.
Founded in 1985, the CYLC is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization committed to recognizing outstanding youth and providing them witha hands-on civic learning experience in the nation's capital.
Paul, who has been in the accelerated academic program since eighth grade, is a senior at North Carroll High School. His achievements includethe Presidential Academic Achievement award in 1988, attending the Science Enrichment Program in Westminster in 1989, and being listed inthe 1989-1990 edition of "Who's Who Among American High School Students."
He is on the track and field team and a member of the Spanish Club and Art Club.
Outside of school, Paul is a member of the Youth Group of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester. A member of Boy Scout Troop 320 since 1984, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in January 1991.
His community service Eagle Scout project was to design, build and install the "Welcome" sign at the entrance to Pine Valley Park, recently acquired by Manchester for use as a park.
After graduation, Paul plans to attend college and earn a degree in engineering.
CAPTION: PAUL TOWNER
Had inside look at government
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Twelve Westminster High School juniors and seniors recently secured their "Passports to the Future" by maintaining a 95 percent attendance rate, 2.0 grade-point average and attending two after-school jobhunt seminars sponsored by local businesses.
"Passport to the Future" is a state-wide program initiated this year by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to recognize students who work hard and to give them preferential treatment in the procurement of jobs.
Students who completed the program were: Craig Finkner, Shreya Shah, Craig Vollmer, seniors; Richard Atkins, Sherrie Boyer, Kim Jones, Eliza Matos, John Robbins, Wendy Smith, Jason Ulsch, Tony Wagner and Brian Weisgerber, juniors.
Besides maintaining their attendance and GPA, the students attended the seminars, where they learned what employers are looking for during interviews and on job resumes and applications.
The seminars were led by Scott Manhoff of McShea Co. and Morna Conway from theConway Group.
Richard Gulas, WHS assistant principal in charge ofthe program, said the passports are good only for one year, and are renewed by maintaining the program's criteria.
TOP STUDENTS PICKED
Seniors Michelle Sabourin, Cindy King and Jon Beck, and junior Mike Cook have been named South Carroll High School's Students of the Month for May and June.
Students are selected from nominations given to a Student Recognition Committee and represent "those students who have worked hard and are excellent examples of whatstudents should be," said Principal David Booz.
Michelle is the daughter of Pierre and Elaine Sabourin of Mount Airy. She is a member of the National Honor Society and was a commended student in the National Merit Recognition.
"She is a tremendous student and person," said English teacher Pat King. "She more than meets any teacher's expectations."
For the past four years, Michelle has been a member ofthe SCHS Band Front, acting as captain in her senior year, and on the track team. She belongs to the Math Team, Environmental Club, Eskimo Club and Students Against Drunk Driving.
She graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average and earned a tuition scholarship to Western Maryland College.
Cindy, the daughter of George and Paula King of Sykesville, has a special interest in photography that she has used to document science research projects.