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Students trying to form alumni government group for North

February 02, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The president of the North Hagerstown High School Student Government Association is trying to form an alumni group for past school government members.

SGA President Amber O'Kane said she wants to start the alumni group because it would be a way for past student government members to stay involved with the school.

She is envisioning alumni members helping the current student government with some of its annual tasks and events, such as selling mulch every March, she said.

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"Let's get them back and involved," said O'Kane, 17, a senior.

When she graduates, she, too, would be an alumni member who can stay involved by working with the student government, she said.

O'Kane said she heard the idea while at a national gathering of student government leaders.

She is hoping the idea will work and that other schools throughout Maryland also will start such groups.

There are about 100 members of the student government at the school each year, said her brother, Ben O'Kane, 15, a 10th-grader, who is the student government historian.

It is unusual for school student governments to form their own alumni groups, Brady Walker, president of the Maryland Association of Student Councils, said Wednesday.

"It is something I have never heard of a high school doing," Walker said. "I definitely think it is a good thing. It is unique."

Walker said he is not aware of any other high schools in Maryland having an alumni group for student government members.

North High Principal Robert "Bo" Myers said he would encourage any efforts, be it this one or others, that keep high school graduates in contact with other graduates and the school.

"I think it is great anytime we can connect students with their home schools," Myers said.

O'Kane said anyone interested in the alumni group can contact her by sending e-mail to okanekim@wcboe.k12.md.us or by calling the school.

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