Meade student elected to board Junior, 16, urges more class time to boost performance

March 15, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Steven White's peers elected him to the student seat on the county Board of Education yesterday after he advocated keeping them in school longer.

The 16-year-old junior at Meade High School won a majority of the votes of 265 delegates from all of the county's public secondary schools and one private school at the general meeting of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils at Broadneck Senior High School.

"We need to raise the performance level of tomorrow's students," he said to rousing applause. "We're falling behind France, Germany and Japan because they spend twice as much time in school as we do."

Steven defeated Jeremy Schropp, 17, of South River High School and Eddie Engles, 16, of North County High School. If confirmed by Gov. Parris N. Glendenning, he will replace Nicole St. Pierre from Broadneck High, whose term ends June 30.

Eddie's campaign focused on communicating with the county's 73,000 students and empowering them through student government associations. Jeremy said he wanted to have an impact on the board by being the students' voice.

But it was Steven's call for alternatives such as year-round zTC schools and longer school days that won out.

"We need to create a strong foundation for higher education, law-abiding citizenship and productive employment," said Steven, who is second vice president of the student council association.

"People seem to be very apprehensive about moving on. We've got to try new things."

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has a 3.43 grade point average and has been president of his freshman, sophomore and junior classes. He is a petty officer second class in the Naval Academy Sea Cadet Corps at Meade and a member of the varsity soccer team.

He lives in Harmans Woods, near Fort Meade, with his parents, Marie and Steven White, and his 8-year-old sister, Marissa.

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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