Teen aims for school board position

Broadneck junior is up for slot on Maryland panel

February 11, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Broadneck High School junior is one of five semi-finalists to be the next student member on the Maryland State Board of Education.

Meghan Haenn, 16, of Arnold and the other candidates will address the Maryland Association of Student Councils at its annual legislative session tomorrow at South River High School in Edgewater.

The organization will narrow the list to two candidates, which will be forwarded to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to make the final selection.

Student members of the state board of education have full voting rights on all matters except personnel issues, said community outreach specialist Linda Bazerjian.

The candidates went through a lengthy application process. A committee of their peers, including the current student board member, interviewed 13 applicants before the field was narrowed to five.

Meghan, who is junior class president and managing editor of the school newspaper, is also president of the Ophelia Club, a group that links middle school girls with high school mentors to encourage them to build positive relationships.

She described the chance to represent Maryland's students as "phenomenal."

"I'm really in love with the idea of government ... of expressing the ideas of my peers," she said.

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