Terry Richard Gilleland, 16North County High...


March 07, 1994

Terry Richard Gilleland, 16

North County High School

Accomplishments/Interests: Last week, after only four years in the Boy Scouts of America, Terry Gilleland became an Eagle Scout -- a lifetime rank of achievement that he now shares with presidents, including Gerald R. Ford.

"As I came close to the rank, I was told that many people have done really well because of being an Eagle Scout," said Terry, now a junior at North County High School. "Since I aspire to go into politics, I know it would be a great help to me there, not only because of what I've learned about the outdoors, but because of what I've learned about our government and leadership skills."

For his Eagle Scout project, Terry planned four flower beds and got them planted on the grounds of his church, St. John's Lutheran, in Linthicum. The project was set up to test his leadership skills in motivating people, so he wasn't allowed to plant any flowers himself.

Terry has been class president three years in a row. But for his senior year, he's aiming higher. He is one of four students running for a seat on the Anne Arundel Board of Education. He said school board members are somewhat out of touch with students' needs. "I'm not saying they have been making the wrong decisions, but they have been out of school for a certain amount of time, and they tend to lose touch with the feelings of the students," said Terry.

He also wants to change how students are taught about sexual harassment. Teaching should begin in fifth grade, he said.

"That's so when the kids enter middle and high school they would know what sexual harassment is, how to detect it, and they would know if they committed that crime they would have to suffer the consequences."

Terry has a weighted GPA of 3.8 out of a possible 4.0; his grades are weighted because he's taking honors courses and classes that can help him earn college credits. He is the parliamentarian for the National Honor Society and serves on the school's Strategic Planning Committee, a group that meets monthly to discuss issues affecting the school. In his sophomore year, he was selected to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation conference, where students met to discuss issues affecting Americans.

He's involved in Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils as a member of the education liaison committee, which monitors issues taken up by the county school board. He's also a delegate to the Maryland Association of Student Councils.

He hasn't picked a college yet, but he's considering Ivy League schools. He also wants to attend law school.

His goal is to work in corporate tax law and eventually politics.

Comment: "I think everybody wants to enter politics hoping they can make a change," said Terry. "It's still too early to tell what my contribution could be. I don't know what the nation will be like 15 or 20 years down the road. Twenty years ago George Bush would never have known he would be president when communism died. The world's very iffy."

This is the third in a series of profiles of the four students running for the student seat on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. The student elected by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils serves for one year.

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