School briefs

December 29, 2003

Goretti, North High students are winners in congressional program

A team of 18 juniors from St. Maria Goretti High School recently won the District Six Congressional Hearing in the "We the People The Citizen and the Constitution" program held at Hagerstown Community College.

One team from St. Maria Goretti High School participated in the competition, while two teams from North Hagerstown High School and two teams from Winter's Mill High School in Westminster, Md., participated.

Students are divided into six units, prepare responses to initial questions and field follow-up questions from a panel of expert judges.

The team from St. Maria Goretti won four of the six possible units and finished first overall. A team from Winter's Mill High School won one unit and a team from North High won the remaining unit.


Members of the winning team are Lauren Barton, Huma Chaudhry, Lauren Dennis, Kristen Dougher, Conner Gilbert, Erin Hartz, Thomas Horejs, Emily Hovermale, Andrew Jameson, Kristen Kamas, Mikael Neville, Sam Padgettt, Daniel Pino, Mary Rebert, Dane Schiro, Carissa Seligman, Erica Skipton and Joe Spierenburg.

Amy Fleagle is the classroom teacher and Geb Schramm is the teaching assistant for the winning team.

"We the People The Citizens and the Constitution" is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and is made possible by an Act of Congress.

FAFSA now available for high school seniors, college students

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) now is available for high school seniors and college students interested in applying for state and federal financial aid.

Students can pick up the FAFSA at a high school counselor's office, local libraries, or a college or university financial aid office. Students also may file the FAFSA online at

The forms cannot be submitted before Thursday, but should be submitted by March 1 for priority consideration for Maryland financial assistance. Students also may find applications to some of Maryland's financial aid programs online at

The Office of Student Financial Assistance at the Maryland Higher Education Commission will award close to $80 million in financial aid to Maryland students.

For information, call 1-800-974-1024,

1-410-260-4565 or go to on the Web.

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