Crofton teen well-schooled for role on board

NEIGHBORS

April 09, 2002|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AFTER FIVE YEARS of involvement in student government, Ashley Nathanson has been elected the next student member of the Anne Arundel County school board. When her term begins in July, the 17-year-old Crofton girl will take her place as a voting member of the board, voicing the concerns and goals of students around the county.

Ashley first became active in student government at Crofton Middle School, where she was primarily concerned with organizing social activities. As a freshman at Arundel High School, she was elected class secretary and became involved in fund-raising efforts. She also was a representative of her school in the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils, a group made up of student government associations from around the county.

During her next two years at Arundel, Ashley continued her work with the school's Student Government Association, serving as a sophomore senator and as vice president during her junior year. She also continued to be involved with the regional association.

Ashley was elected to the county Board of Education at the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils convention last month. She's excited, and looks forward to the new challenge.

Last week, she attended a school board meeting, where she met with board members.

"It was fun for me to meet the people and talk about issues," Ashley says.

Anne Arundel County's school board is the only one in the state in which a student member has full voting rights.

As a board member, Ashley sees herself as being responsible to county taxpayers, even though she has a particular role as representative for the students. Because she has been a student in Anne Arundel public schools since kindergarten, she has a perspective on everyday school life. But she also looks forward to talking with students from around the county about their goals and concerns.

What about the rest of her life?

"I like to be busy," she says.

An honor student at Arundel, she is a member of the National Honor Society. She also holds three jobs: at Ben and Jerry's ice cream shop in Annapolis, at the Crofton branch of the public library and as a tutor.

She tutors students at Arundel, especially in chemistry, which she loves. And, like almost any other teen-age girl, she loves to shop.

She says with a laugh that her friends sometimes feel sorry for her because she works so much. But she likes meeting with people at the ice cream shop or the library and she enjoys helping students understand something they had found confusing.

"The stuff I do," she says, "is fun."

German-Americans

The Christian German-American Women's Group will meet at noon Monday in the social hall of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Odenton. Dolores Jeffers will address the group, followed by a period of prayer. The program will also include a German luncheon, music and a craft hour.

Women who are interested in the German language and culture are invited to attend. Information: Irene Kucholik, 301-621- 7862, or Karin Jackson, 301-855- 6877.

Learning about Easter

Throughout this month, children at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton will learn about the Easter story through a variety of Sunday school projects.

One week, they will make Ukrainian-style pysanky eggs and learn about the ministry of Andrew. Another week, they will make cross- and rainbow-shaped cookies in the "Eat Your Way Through the Bible" session. Another class will focus on the history of different kinds of crosses, with the children creating their own. A fourth project will find the children embedding seeds in paper, as a sign that we are all seedlings, nourished by God.

Dana Marzolf, director of Christian Education at Prince of Peace, has been delighted by the children's response to this multifaceted approach to Christian education, called the workshop rotation model. Information: 410-721-2313.

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