Student: Jennifer Robey, 17, of Severna Park High...

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

March 14, 1994|By Kevin Harrison

Student: Jennifer Robey, 17, of Severna Park High School.

Accomplishments/Interests: Students need up-to-date textbooks, Jennifer says. That's something she hopes to change if she's elected student representative on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.

"With all the cutbacks, I know they've had to cut back on materials for instruction. At Severna Park we get new books every few years," Jennifer says. "But we have a lot of old, ratty textbooks. It's detrimental. One of the most important things in a classroom is the materials you teach with."

A junior this year, Jennifer plans to become an elementary school teacher after college.

"It may sound silly, but I'd also like to be a coach -- for cross country," Jennifer says. "I love to run."

She learned a lot from her cross country coaches, Ed Purpura and Jim Patton, she says.

"This was a really tough year for me. Last year I ran varsity cross country, but I hurt my knee and had to have surgery," Jennifer says. "And this year I kept getting reinjured. My coaches helped me take on a new role on the team. I had to sit back and help the other girls."

She maintains a 3.0 grade point average and works part time in a jewelry store. At school, she's involved in the Students Against Drunk Driving chapter.

Jennifer also is involved in the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC) and is a member of the county school board's Gender Equity Committee. The committee, scheduled to issue a report this spring, has been studying whether male athletes and male athletic teams receive preferential treatment.

This summer, Jennifer again will teach Bible study at Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville.

Jennifer is focusing on Thursday, the day of the CRASC election. She's competing against two students. Another student, Dan Delany, withdrew from the race last week, citing scheduling conflicts.

"I'm running because I think I'm a really easy person to talk to, and I think it will be easy for students to approach me. I work a lot with adults in the jewelry store, and I can put myself on the adult level, too. So I can relate to both sides and make the best decision possible," Jennifer says.

Comment: Although Jennifer wants to win the election and serve on the county school board, she also has another goal.

"I try to do a lot of positive things. But I want people to remember me for the person I am, not for what I did."

"Student Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To contact him with suggestions or recommendations for this feature, call the Anne Arundel Bureau at 315-8911 or send the information by fax to 315-8916; or mail suggestions to: The Sun For Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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