Student, 17, making history on council


September 04, 1997|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN Carolyn Page, a 17-year-old senior at Severna Park High School, isn't playing varsity volleyball or attending Student Government Association or National Honor Society meetings, she's making history as the first student member of the Greater Severna Park Council.

"I bring the youth perspective to the issues," said Carolyn, the daughter of Rick and Kathy Page of Linstead. "At the first meeting I attended, a member of the county school board spoke to us, and he wanted to know my opinion on the mandatory community-service rule. I was able to tell him how I felt and how some of the other young people feel.

"I really don't think it's that great of an idea, because I'm involved in community service anyway. But for people who aren't involved, it might get them more involved."

Since spring, Carolyn has attended the monthly council meetings, offering a young person's point of view.

A recurring problem in Greater Severna Park is graffiti on buildings.

"I'm a member of the council's beautification committee that is trying to see what can be done about the graffiti problem," said Carolyn. "We've decided that the best way is to clean it up as soon as it happens.

"I bring up issues like these that are relevant to students at the SGA meetings at school."

"Part of the council's goal is to educate the young people as to what graffiti actually costs a community," said council President Larry Masterson. "We want them to understand it's their community, too.

"We'll continue to work with the school to have someone, hopefully as good as Carolyn is, on the council."

"I've learned a lot about how the community runs," said Carolyn.

She said she will leave the council when she goes to college next fall.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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