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Northern Middle student elected to state post

March 31, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Seventh-grader Brian Williamson used a can of V-8 and some enthusiasm to become the second vice president of the Maryland Association of Student Councils Thursday.

Williamson, 13, of Northern Middle School, was elected to the position during the association's annual three-day convention in Baltimore. He returned home Friday afternoon.

A three-minute speech and 15 minutes of answering questions from the 800 students at the convention capped off the two-day campaign for the position, which also involved making and distributing buttons and fliers, he said.

He and the other candidate for the position were asked: If he were a drink, what kind of drink would he be?

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His answer: He would be a V-8, because he can lead eight different ways, he said. His opponent for the position said he would be a Surge soda, because he would work all night, Williamson said.

Williamson is also president of the school council even though that position is usually held by an eighth-grader, said Beckie Higgins, an English teacher who serves as adviser to the school's student council.

Higgins said most state association members are in high school, but Williamson is undeterred.

"I feel I am ready," he said.

The second vice president position is always for a student in middle school, he said.

As second vice president, he will travel and help plan association events, including the annual convention, Higgins said. He will also attend the national convention this summer in San Jose, Calif.

"I am excited about it. I am looking forward to a fun-filled year," Higgins said.

He would also have the option of seeking re-election next year.

The school's principal, Valerie Novak, and Williamson's mother said they were proud of his achievement.

"I am extremely proud of his need and desire to participate in the student council process at the state level," said his mother, Teri Williamson.

Novak said the student government has been active at the middle school, not just planning activities but also doing service projects to help the community.

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