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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2005
This past winter, student leaders at Atholton High School proposed holding a dance - fun for students but a logistical headache for administrators. With only three weeks to plan the event, Susan Karlheim, a faculty adviser for Atholton's Student Government Association, figured Principal Connie Lewis would reject the idea. But after some negotiation over the type of music, dancing and lighting that would be allowed, Lewis gave the go-ahead. For Lewis, "it's about the kids," Karlheim said.
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March 12, 2008
Three students remain in the running to be named the 2008-2009 student member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education after a panel whittled the list from five nominees. The finalists, all juniors, are Shelby Heinecke of Annapolis High School; Collin Wojciechowski of Chesapeake High School and Jarrett Ley of Severna Park High School. The board's student member is elected by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils and appointed by the governor. The student member serves a one-year term during his or her senior year and is one of the few in the nation with full voting rights.
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NEWS
October 19, 1992
* Name: Alana Murray, 17, of Columbia.* School: Mount Hebron High School.* Why Alana was chosen: Alana is president of Mount Hebron's Black Awareness Club, vice president of the Howard County Association of Student Councils, and parliamentarian for the Black Student Achievement Program and Maryland Association of Student Councils. She is also involved in the Maryland Leadership Workshop, geared toward 13- to 18-year-olds. The program is designed to raise students' self-esteem by developing their leadership skills.
NEWS
February 26, 2006
Jennifer L. Cook, a 16-year-old junior at Harford Technical High School, has been elected by the General Assembly of the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils as student representative-elect to the Board of Education of Harford County. She carries a 4.2 grade point average in the computer-assisted design program and is president of the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a two-sport varsity athlete. She is an active member of the Harford Tech and county student government associations.
NEWS
April 29, 1992
The Board of Education's student council adviser, Stephen G. Barry, has been named the Warren E. Shull Adviser of the Year for Maryland by the National Association of Student Councils."
NEWS
January 10, 1994
Student: Ossai Miazad, 18, Glen Burnie High SchoolAccomplishments/Interests: Ossai, a daughter of Afghan refugees, is president of the student government at Glen Burnie High School and is about to undertake a mentorship at the Maryland General Assembly."
NEWS
May 17, 1993
Desira St. Pierre, 16, of Broadneck.School: Broadneck Senior H.S.Achievements,Interests: Desira maintains a 3.5 grade point average and is the junior class secretary.A member of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (C.R.A.S.C.) since her freshman year, she currently is the second vice president of that organization and serves on the Educational Liaison Committee, helping to keep lines of communication open between C.R.A.S.C and the Board of Education.She has served on numerous committees where students actively participate in curriculum issues such as the Principal's Advisory Committee, the Student Council Executive Committee, and committees dealing with weighted grading, service learning, academic eligibility and multicultural curriculum.
NEWS
May 3, 2000
Student achiever: Michael Romano, 18. School: River Hill High School. Special achievement: First vice president for the Maryland Association of Student Councils. What he says about it: "It's an incredible job. We take positions on bills and legislation. Then we can go lobby legislators...we actually went into Annapolis, into the State House. It's really important that the student voice is out there." The best part of the job: "I've learned how to help others reach their potential a little more, how to help others develop their leadership skills."
NEWS
February 26, 2006
Jennifer L. Cook, a 16-year-old junior at Harford Technical High School, has been elected by the General Assembly of the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils as student representative-elect to the Board of Education of Harford County. She carries a 4.2 grade point average in the computer-assisted design program and is president of the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a two-sport varsity athlete. She is an active member of the Harford Tech and county student government associations.
NEWS
November 8, 2000
The student: Christine Jensen, 17 School: Oakland Mills High School Achievement: One of two students participating in a Maryland Department of Education task force investigating whether the state should institute assessment testing as part of high school graduation. Christine serves on the task force as an executive board member of the Maryland Association of Student Councils. She is president of the Howard County Association of Student Councils. She also serves on the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board for the County Executive.
NEWS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2005
WHEN Melinda Abbott, a third-grade teacher at Northfield Elementary School, walked into a staff meeting last month, she had no idea it was in her honor. There, Abbott found that she had been named Howard County teacher of the year. "It's a very humbling experience to be nominated from a school that has wonderful teachers," she said. Abbott has taught third-grade at the Ellicott City school for three years. Her approach, she said, is to focus on her pupils. "You do this job because you love working with kids," she said.
NEWS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2005
This past winter, student leaders at Atholton High School proposed holding a dance - fun for students but a logistical headache for administrators. With only three weeks to plan the event, Susan Karlheim, a faculty adviser for Atholton's Student Government Association, figured Principal Connie Lewis would reject the idea. But after some negotiation over the type of music, dancing and lighting that would be allowed, Lewis gave the go-ahead. For Lewis, "it's about the kids," Karlheim said.
NEWS
By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2005
Centennial High School junior Josh Michael has been appointed by the governor's office to serve as the 2005-2006 student member on the Maryland State Board of Education. "I was really excited," said Michael, 17, recalling the message left on his cell phone from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s appointments office Friday. "It's a great opportunity for me to really make a difference for Maryland students." Michael and Gabrielle Wyatt of Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore County were finalists for the position.
NEWS
By Tawanda W. Johnson and Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 9, 2005
If Josh Michael is appointed to serve on the Maryland State Board of Education, he hopes to get more students involved in important issues affecting the state's public schools. "I feel I can really make a difference," said the 17-year-old president of the Student Government Association at Centennial High School. Among the most pressing issues facing the state's schools, according to Michael, are achievement gaps among students of different racial, social and economic backgrounds and Baltimore City schools' educational woes.
NEWS
June 11, 2003
The student: Brittney Berkoff, 18 School: River Hill High Special achievement: She was accepted by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. How she describes the application process: "They want to know everything. I literally had to fill out one [nomination packet] that I had to fill out 80 questions about myself." This led to an interview with U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, who nominated her to the academy. "It was a very overwhelming process, and it takes a lot of time. You have to plan ahead," Berkoff said.
NEWS
May 24, 2002
TRUE STORY: A city principal used to display an industrial-size spool of twine on the front counter of the school office. Throughout the day, little boys emulating hip-hop video stars would slouch past her door, wearing droopy pants that revealed the advertising logos on the waistbands of their undershorts. She noted how the fashion hobbled them, as they could not trust their slight frames to keep the pants in place. "I'm gonna string you up," the administrator would growl, steering each baggy boy to a corner for a lecture on propriety.
NEWS
May 10, 1993
Jennifer Finkelstein, 18, of Annapolis.School: Annapolis Senior High School.Accomplishments/Interests: Jennifer has been a member of the National Honor Society since her sophomore year and is president of the Student Government Association, a member of the Drama Club, a student liaison for the PTSO, a peer tutor and a member of the school's Environmental Committee and newspaper staff.She is a student lobbyist for the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils and the Maryland Association of Student Councils.
NEWS
By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | March 26, 1993
...TC School Superintendent C. Berry Carter II, better watch out -- the newest member of the county's school board already wants his job."I want to be Berry Carter," said 16-year-old Desira St. Pierre, chosen yesterday as the new student representative on the school board. "Really. My ultimate goals is to be a superintendent. I care about kids and I think I can make the biggest difference as a superintendent."First, though, she wants to do work related to special education. Then, she wants to be a guidance counselor, and eventually an assistant to a superintendent.
NEWS
By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 9, 2002
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.
NEWS
By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2001
On many weeknights, when most of their peers are settled in for a restful night of Must See TV, these students are out at board or committee meetings in stuffy conference rooms, swimming in paperwork. And when the biggest topic in school is which of the in-crowd will be voted "Best Dressed" or "Cutest Smile," these students are lobbying for policies that will make it more likely for them to succeed. It's subtle differences like those in these enterprising teen-agers that some say are making this year's Howard County Association of Student Councils one of the most active and successful groups in recent history.
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