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Jaycees show students Achievement Counts

August 10, 2000

Jaycees show students Achievement Counts



Ninth grade students will get an early lesson on how school achievement can help with career options during a week-long initiative put on by the Jaycees of Hagerstown, the program's organizer said.

Gidget Maffitt, a Jaycee member, is chairing the Achievement Counts initiative, which will hit Washington County high schools from Sept. 11 to 15.

Maffitt said she is recruiting speakers in their twenties and thirtiess to talk to students about what they need to accomplish in high school to be successful in college or the job force.

"Many employers are starting to use high school transcripts to pick future employees," Maffitt said. "If you're not going to college, we'll talk about what you need to do find a job. You have to do better than to just pass."

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Employers have a legal right to obtain school transcripts for use in hiring under Maryland and federal law, according to the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education in Baltimore.

Speakers will also talk about what courses and activities are helpful, in addition to basic living necessities, such cost of living expenses.

Achievement Counts is a statewide program that began in 1998.

Maffitt said she has about 25 speakers lined up for the program but is still looking for about 15 to 20 more.

Anyone interested in being a speaker can contact Maffitt at (301) 745-5875.

- Tara Reilly

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