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School board's newest member sworn in to office

June 18, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Newly appointed Washington County Board of Education member W. Princeton Young was sworn in to office Tuesday, becoming the first black member of the Washington County Board of Education.

Young, 56, was sworn in to office by his brother, David W. Young, a judge in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City.

David W. Young, 51, said his brother asked him to swear him in to office after Gov. Robert Ehrlich appointed him to the vacant post in May.

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"I'm proud of Princeton, I'm proud of his accomplishments and even more proud of the person he has become," Judge Young said before the ceremony.

W. Princeton Young will fill the seat that was left vacant by former School Board member Doris J. Nipps, who left the post to take office as a Washington County Commissioner in December.

He is an assistant warden at the Maryland Correctional Training Center and a youth therapist at the Washington County Mental Health Center.

A seven-member screening panel was formed in January to review applications for the School Board seat and to interview prospective members. In March the committee sent three names to Ehrlich, who appointed Young to the position in May.

More than 50 people attended the ceremony, which School Board President Bernadette M. Wagner called "the best attended swearing-in we've ever had."

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said she welcomed Young to the post because of the compassion he has for people and the passion he has for children.

Tamara Doleman, 34, of Hagerstown, said she grew up with Princeton Young's nieces and nephews.

"It's beautiful," she said. "For the first time in Washington County, minorities will have a voice in the Washington County school system."

Beatrice Young, 76, W. Princeton Young and David W. Young's mother, said she was proud of her son.

"I'm just glad I lived long enough to see it," she said.

Her daughter Maretta Brown, 53, of Hagerstown, said her father, who passed away 21 years ago, would have loved to have seen the ceremony.

"Dad always said they would grow up to be somebody and they are," she said.

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