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Governor submits South Hagerstown High student's appointment to School Board

February 22, 1999|By BRUCE HAMILTON

South Hagerstown High School student David M. Iseminger's appointment to the Maryland Board of Education is in the bag.

Gov. Parris Glendening on Friday sent 278 appointments to the State Senate in the "Green Bag."

The governor submits the names of people to be appointed to state and county boards, commissions and task forces in the annual ceremony.

Glendening appointed Iseminger to be the student representative on the state School Board. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

"It's an honor for him and Washington County," said Edwin Hayes, Washington County Board of Education president. "It's a big deal."

It's a high profile position, Hayes said, and Iseminger will benefit from his involvement on the state board. "It will be a learning experience for him," he said.

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The governor also appointed two other young citizens to the Higher Education Commission and University of Maryland Board of Regents.

"These students, as well as the many who applied, represent the leadership of tomorrow," said Glendening in a press release.

"While they gain experience and insight as members of these boards, the other board members benefit from the views of these young people who are so filled with high hopes and expectations."

Each year, every high school in the state is invited to nominate one student to the state Board of Education. A selection committee of the Maryland Student Council Association screens and interviews the applicants.

The committee narrows the field to five names. The state Student Council Association held an assembly of more than 600 students from around the state earlier this month.

The association chose two names to submit to the governor.

As a state Board of Education representative, Iseminger would have partial voting privileges. He would not be allowed to vote on budget issues, legal appeals or firings.

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