Student board finalists are both from HowardFor the first...

Howard Noteworthy

February 25, 1998

Student board finalists are both from Howard

For the first time in at least nine years, both finalists for the Maryland State Board of Education's student member slot are from the same county -- Howard.

Rebecca Gifford, a Wilde Lake High School junior, and Michael Romano, a River Hill High School sophomore, were picked as finalists from among 12 students across the state. One will be selected to represent Maryland students on the state board for the 1998-1999 school year.

The student member slot was created in 1985. Though no one at the board could say whether the selection of two finalists from the same county is a first, it has not happened in the past nine years.

"I think it's really exciting for Howard County," said Rebecca, 16. "We're going to win no matter what."

Rebecca, the student associate to the Howard County Board of Education, is a member of the National Honor Society, the school drama club and the concert choir. She is a two-time winner of the International Thespian Troupe Unsung Hero Award and the 1997 winner of the Wilde Lake High Drama Department Key Award.

Michael, a technology magnet student in biotechnology, is a member of the Spanish Club and Improvement Team and the Class of 2000 Council, and is treasurer of the River Hill High Student Government Association. He is a varsity wrestler and a conflict resolution mediator.

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Pub Date: 2/25/98

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