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Student leaders plan to discuss violence, voting

June 23, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

by RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

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Student leadersPreventing school violence and sparking students' interest in voting are among the priorities of the newly elected Washington County Association of Student Councils.

Members of the group said they do not believe there have been problems with serious violence in local schools, but they want to talk about the issue in an attempt to head off any problems.

Students have reported that police officers go to some local high schools in the afternoon to prevent fights when classes are dismissed, said association President Danny Sullivan and Vice President Jeremiah Leiter.

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The two student leaders want to discuss school violence with their friends to determine ways to stem it.

"Awareness is the key. There's only so much an administrator can do," said Leiter, who will be a senior at Williamsport High School in the fall.

The association of student councils monitors student council groups at the county's eight high schools and helps them operate, said North Hagerstown High School student Kyle Doucette, secretary of the association.

Student government associations run pep assemblies, student outreach programs and deal with other issues, including parking problems.

Members of the association of student councils also debate issues they believe are important to students, and keep in close contact with individual student councils about their discussions.

Williamsport High School student Beth Hose, the association's student representative to the Washington County Board of Education, attends school board meetings and keeps board members up to date on the group's interests.

Doucette said he wants the association to organize mock elections for students at all grade levels to promote an interest in voting. Students would experience the complete voting experience, from learning how to register to voting for presidential candidates, he said.

The project also might inspire parents of the students to vote, Doucette said.

The association wants to develop its own Web site this year, he said.

The association's five officers, who serve for a year, were elected during an association meeting in May. Stephanie Gullace, a North Hagerstown High School student, was elected treasurer.

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