Students take a page from legislators' book

February 15, 2002|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FIVE CARROLL County high school seniors are not only witnessing the political process in Annapolis this legislative session, but they're giving lawmakers their perspectives on issues affecting Maryland youth.

Laura Dziorny, Drew Reber and David W. Burgess, all from South Carroll High School, and Bethany A. Bromwell, who attends North Carroll High, are among 120 Maryland teen-agers participating in the Maryland General Assembly's page program.

Christopher A. Renoll, also from North Carroll High, was selected as an alternate and served as a page this session.

High school seniors from throughout the state applied for the page posts through their schools' social studies departments. The students submitted applications, essays and recommendations.

"It made me see how important state government really is," said Dziorny, who worked in the House of Delegates. "Most people are interested in what the federal government is doing, but it's at the state level where a lot of the laws that are so important to the people of Maryland are passed."

Dziorny, who lives in Mount Airy, was able to talk at length with many of the delegates, who were interested in her views as a student on issues such as the use of cellular phones in schools and the length of the academic year.

The 17-year-old expects to attend Georgetown University in the fall and major in political science. She hopes to study law.

Reber, who hopes to pursue a career in government or the military, worked as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives before serving as a page in the Maryland General Assembly.

"It was interesting to see how the state worked as a whole and the communication behind the scenes," he said.

Interns work one week in the General Assembly while staying with host families in Annapolis. They will return to work a second week during the 13-week legislative session.

Hall of Fame inductees

The 2002 Mount Airy Hall of Fame inductees have been announced.

They are: Helen Simpson, Virginia Smith, Hanford VanSant, and inducted posthumously, David "Tony" Green and George Harne.

Simpson was costume director for the Mount Airy Players theater group for more than 30 years.

Smith has been called "Mount Airy's Cook" for her volunteer work in the kitchen at the American Legion and Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company.

VanSant was recognized for his philanthropic work and his numerous service hours to the community as a member of the Town Council and the Rotary Club.

Green worked many hours on behalf of area youth, and Harne served with Mount Airy Lions Club and was active with Ridge Swim Club in Mount Airy.

"They pretty well suit the ideal of people doing things that make a difference in their community," said Travis Norwood, president of Mount Airy Historical Society, which sponsors the Hall of Fame.

The inductees will be honored at a dinner March 19 at the American Legion Hall. The 2001 Outstanding Person of the Year will be announced that evening.

School celebration

Cardinal Pride Day was celebrated Feb. 8 at Mount Airy Elementary School.

The school celebrated the highest scores of any county elementary on the recent Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests.

Pupils and teachers wore the school colors of red and white, and were treated to flavored ices.

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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