Dedicated Marriotts Ridge junior enjoys active week



It was a busy week for Adejire Bademosi.

This month, she was nominated to be the student member of the Howard County Human Rights Commission. And Thursday, she was sworn in as student member of the Howard County Board of Education.

Not bad for a rising junior at Marriotts Ridge High School.

"I've always had an interest in both," Bademosi said. "I've always been for education and human rights."

C. Vernon Gray, administrator of the Howard County Office of Human Rights and executive secretary of the Human Rights Commission, said he is impressed with Bademosi.

"I think that she represented herself quite well," said the former five-term County Council member. "She's dedicated to what she is doing. Her whole entire career lets me know that this is a person who understands the concept of giving back to her community."

If Bademosi, 16, is approved by the County Council, she will begin her one-year term with the commission in September. She has been approved by County Executive Ken Ulman. She's also had her nomination up for a public hearing, a formality for getting the position.

Bademosi is also vice president of her school's multicultural club and African-American awareness club.

She is vice president of the youth council of the Howard County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She's a member of the Model United Nations and the debate club. She works with the Achieving Change Together Club, a countywide community service group. And, she's president and founder of the Nigerian American Student Government Association.

Bademosi officially begins her tenure on the school board Tuesday. She is taking over from Andrew Gravelek, a recent graduate of Reservoir High, who plans to enter the Coast Guard Academy.

Bademosi said she is planning her schedule to allow her to fulfill her responsibilities.

"It's what I would like to do," she said in an interview. "I really love doing things within the community and keeping myself busy. I plan on being an activist."

Off to Beijing

Tatyana McFadden, a 19-year-old wheelchair athlete from Clarksville, is headed to Beijing this summer.

The recent Atholton High graduate recently qualified for the 2008 U.S. Paralympic track and field team at the trials held June 12 to 15 at Arizona State University. As part of the 44-member team, McFadden will compete in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and 4x100 meter relay team.

"I think my chances are pretty good," she said by telephone during a training trip in Canada. "I've always had that image of winning a gold medal. I want that image to come true."

McFadden, who was born with spina bifida, won two medals in track at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece.

"It's going to be very exciting," she said. "I'm a lot older. I have a lot more knowledge of the race. I think I'll be ready."

In 2006, McFadden sued for the right to share the track with her high school teammates in Howard County. She also testified this year in favor of legislation requiring schools to provide disabled students access to sports programs, either among themselves or with able-bodied students. The General Assembly approved the measure in April.

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