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By HANAH CHO and HANAH CHO,SUN REPORTER | October 2, 2005
Moments before delivering her campaign speech for secretary, Amanda Rine burst into tears, overwhelmed by nerves. She was quickly surrounded by friends trying to console her. Nearby, Austin Altman was calm. "I think I'll make a good president," he said. "I show a lot of compassion." It was election day at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, where Amanda and Austin were lobbying for their fellow fifth-graders' votes in the student council elections. For the past two weeks, campaign season has been in full swing at the Ellicott City school, where pupils as young as second-graders got a hands-on lesson in politics and leadership.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Else Drooff says you can learn a lot about how government works as a student member of the Anne Arundel County school board. On Wednesday, the Broadneck High School senior, who is nearing the end of her one-year term, offered a glimpse into being a member on the only local school board in the nation where students have full voting rights. School board member-elect Ayesha Chaudhry was more than willing to listen. "You definitely have to find your own leadership style," said Drooff during an impromptu sit-down with Chaudhry at the school board offices.
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By KATIE MARTIN and KATIE MARTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 25, 2006
As student government associations in Carroll County schools tackle issues that pertain to the students, Estelle Sanzenbacher offers them support and guidance. She said that as the students' adviser, it is her job to listen and point them in the right direction. "I really serve as their liaison," Sanzenbacher said. "My own kids tease me about the fact that I work for kids." The Maryland Association of Student Councils recently recognized Sanzenbacher for her work, when she was named this year's Advisor of the Year.
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April 6, 2014
Student awarded for art North County High School senior Vivian Tejada was honored this week by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who presented her with a Maryland Masters Award and a Making a Difference Medallion. Tejada was honored for her work in art — specifically Franchot noted a Renaissance-style portrait in profile she created emphasizing dramatic lighting of a friend, using pastel, chalk and charcoal. "This award honors their outstanding artwork, which exemplifies the creativity, passion and determination," Franchot said.
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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.
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Arundel High School junior Christian Hodges was recently selected to serve on the Maryland State Board of Education as its student member, a position that places another item on his already loaded agenda. The 17-year-old from Odenton will serve during the 2013-2014 school year, with his appointment formally taking effect July 1. Hodges is already known in five states for his penchant for multitasking. He currently serves on the Region 2 advisory council of the National Association of Student Councils, representing students from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Even after placing her name in the running to become the next student member of the Anne Arundel County school board, Broadneck High School junior Else Drooff wasn't certain she wanted the job. In fact, she said so during her campaign speech. "Up until that point, I've always done a little bit of everything," said Drooff, a four-time recipient of the Carson Scholarship Fund Award, an honor given to students who maintain good grades while being active in their communities. Initially, she said, she was reluctant to make a commitment to the school board but "realized that this is something that I really wanted to put all of my time into.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
The class at Oakland Mills High School was English for Speakers of Other Languages, which meant the students were accustomed to hearty doses of vocabulary. Even so, they appeared taken aback when Principal Frank Eastham laced his motivational speech with words one would scarcely associate with a school administrator: "truant officer," "welfare," "food stamps" and "learning disability. " During the 40-minute talk about his personal story, Eastham spoke of obstacles he faced while growing up impoverished in Washington, Pa., living on federal assistance, missing as many as 40 days of second grade to take care of an ailing single mother and showing such a lack of interest in school that he talked his mom into keeping him out of college preparatory classes.
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June 10, 2012
UNION BRIDGE - O'Reilly Miani, a member of the Class of 2013 at Francis Scott Key High School, will become the new student representative on the Carroll County Board of Education this week. She will be installed as the student representative on June 13. "I ran for student representative on the board because I saw it as the most effective way to help my classmates and gain valuable life experiences," she said in a school system release. She has been involved in student government at FSK, and has served as the historian for the Student Government Association, treasurer of the Leo Club, and SGA representative to the National Honor Society.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
Old Mill High School junior Nick Lefavor was elected several months ago as the next student member of the Anne Arundel County school board. And though he says he's familiar with the issues affecting county students, he's taking a couple of summer programs to fine-tune his leadership skills. Through the programs, Lefavor said, he hopes to learn much about board decorum. "I hope to learn about how to compose myself and handle myself in a professional manner," he said. "I hope to learn some more ways to relate to all people.
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By Brianna Patterson | May 2, 2012
Having a father in the United States Air Force has forced Cole Rosenberg to adjust to new surroundings. Moving eight times can do that. "I've gotten good at making friends from the activities I'm involved in," said Rosenberg, a junior at Hammond High School in Columbia. "I remember the names and faces and build relationships from there. " Rosenberg wasted little time building relationships since moving into Howard County last summer. He became active in student government functions and in sports, and decided to run for the 2012-2013 position of student member on the Board of Education.
NEWS
By Samuel Goldreich and Samuel Goldreich,Staff writer | October 20, 1991
The county school board and groups representing students, teachers and parents oppose a proposal for mandatory community service as part of more stringent statewide high school graduation requirements.In a last-minute response to the state Board of Education's proposal, the Harford County Board of Education Monday night voted to oppose making students perform 75 hours of unpaid community service to receivediplomas.The service requirement -- which would be spread out over four years of high school -- is also opposed by the state teachers union andthe association representing local school boards.
NEWS
January 25, 1991
Jodi Harmon, a junior at South River High, has been nominated to theState Board of Education. After making a presentation to the Maryland Association of Student Councils last Saturday, Harmon became the first student in the county to have her name submitted to the Gov. William Donald Schaefer for appointment.Students throughout the stateoverwhelmingly voted to support her nomination, along with a representative from Montgomery County. Schaefer will make his final appointment to the non-voting board position in July.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2010
Katharine Scruggs says that since being elected the student member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education in March she's fielded no comments from students about the quality of the county's education, no questions about her vision for the schools. As students, they have more immediate concerns. "Sometimes if I'm sitting in class a student will be like, 'Can you please make school lunch go faster?'" said Scruggs, 17, a rising senior at South River High School who is serving for this coming academic year.
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