Aberdeen junior will be student on school board

November 27, 1994|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer

Aberdeen High junior Jennifer Miller received a vote of confidence from her fellow students last week: She was selected as next year's student representative to the Harford County School Board.

Jennifer, who is 15, was picked from a field of nine students by the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils (HCRASC). Each of the county's high schools nominates a student for the position.

The students delivered speeches before a HCRASC assembly Monday at Fallston High School. Two finalists were chosen. Then they answered questions from the group.

"I was really surprised," said Jennifer, who is secretary of Aberdeen High's Student Government Association, of the winning vote. "They were all qualified. I'm happy about it."

She will start her one-year term in July, replacing the current student representative, Erin Fitzgerald of Harford Technical School. Until then, Jennifer will attend board meetings to learn the ropes, she said.

As a student board member, Jennifer will have a "preferential" vote on school board issues, which means her vote doesn't officially count. But she's looking forward to relaying student concerns to the board.

"I get along with my fellow peers and adults, so I'll be able to communicate ideas to the members of the board," she said.

Jennifer, who plans to major in elementary education in college, said she will send questionnaires to schools to seek information from students about their interests and problems.

"I want to represent all schools in the county," she said.

Her interest in others is apparent from her many extracurricular activities, from acting as co-chairwoman of her school's Adopt a Homeless Shelter Program to being involved in Leo, a community service organization for students.

The Aberdeen native also is secretary of Aberdeen High's Varsity Club, is co-captain of the varsity volleyball team, plays junior varsity lacrosse, plays the clarinet and is section leader of the school's marching and symphonic bands.

She will be Aberdeen's first student representative and the school board's eighth student member. And she said she's ready for the challenge.

"I give 110 percent in whatever I do," she said.

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