Daughter of Darlene and James Edwards...

JOY D. EDWARDS, 12,

April 05, 1993

JOY D. EDWARDS, 12, daughter of Darlene and James Edwards of Deep Run Road in Manchester.

School: Eighth-grader at North Carroll Middle School.

Honored for: Being chosen to represent Maryland at the RespecTeen National Youth Forum April 24-29 in Washington.

The forum gives students a chance to learn about the legislative process first-hand and to share their ideas with government leaders.

Joy was selected from among 12,000 students nationwide who entered letters written to their representatives in Congress.

Joy wrote a letter about foster care to her congressman, Roscoe G. Bartlett, a 6th District Republican, as part of a social studies assignment using RespecTeen's "Speak for Yourself" curriculum. Teacher Craig Giles entered her letter in the RespecTeen contest.

Goals: "I want to be a teacher."

Comments: "I know some people who are foster parents now, but it took them a long time to get accepted. I wrote in my letter that some of the rules and regulations they have are unfair. And it's unfair that foster parents need to treat the foster children better than their own."

Joy said she is looking forward to Washington.

"I'm kind of nervous. There's not going to be anybody there I know. The main thing is to bring kids in to see how the government works and [to see] that they can do something about government."

She said she would consider writing her congressman again but said she doubted she would ever be a foster parent.

MA "I might consider it, but I don't think I have the patience."

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