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South High Teen named to state education board

February 25, 1999|By BRUCE HAMILTON

He may be 16 years old, but David M. Iseminger's resume is already overflowing.

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The South Hagerstown High School junior is expected in July to become the first Washington County student representative on the Maryland State Board of Education.

He will serve a year-long term with partial voting privileges as part of the 12-member board, which meets in Baltimore.

Gov. Parris Glendening appointed Iseminger Friday. The state Senate traditionally confirms the nomination by mid-April.

It will add another accomplishment to an already long list.

Iseminger, whose grade point average is 4.1 on a four-point scale, became an Eagle Scout at age 14.

He serves on the state schools superintendent's high school advisory council. He is parliamentarian of Washington County Association of Student Councils, president of South High's student council, and is liaison to the Maryland Association of Student Councils executive committee.

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"I'm always doing something. I've always been that way," he said. "I get confused when I don't have something to do."

Iseminger said he is not a stressed-out student. He answers questions with a calm reserve, without any hint of boasting. He is "very unassuming," said South High Principal Michael Shockey.

"David's one of those kids who's managing to balance a lot of different things and be successful at all of them," said Shockey. "He's an amazing kid."

Barbara and Harold Iseminger, David's parents, have a history of school involvement. Both have served on parent-teacher associations for several years.

They knew their son was an over-achiever at a young age. When he was four years old, David saw his older brother and sister working on school projects, Barbara Iseminger said.

He dragged the "F" volume of the World Book Encyclopedia over. "I have a project," he said, and began using colored markers to copy all the world's flags onto 8.5-by-11 inch pages. It took two years.

"So we knew," said Barbara Iseminger. "He's always been very motivated."

David said his community involvement began in the Cub Scouts, which he joined when he was in the fourth grade. As he worked to earn merit badges, each one led him to a new activity.

"One thing led to another," he said. "Everything just kind of snowballed."

Now that he has 54 merit badges and the Order of the Arrow, Iseminger finds less time for leisure.

"I have to keep myself very, very organized," he said. "You have to realize you can't do everything all the time."

For several years, he slept five hours a night. Now he gets closer to seven, he said, adding, "I sleep when I can."

No matter how busy his schedule, he doesn't regret it. "It's kind of like, this is what I wanted to do," he said.

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