North High students bound for convention in Las Vegas

April 30, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

HAGERSTOWN - Fresh from being honored at a state convention, three student government leaders at North Hagerstown High School are getting ready to go to the National Association of Student Councils Annual Convention in Las Vegas in late June.

"It is going to be fun networking with students across the county," said Brian Williamson, the student representative on the Washington County Board of Education.

The students traveling to Las Vegas, who are juniors, are:

  • Williamson, 17, who is the school's Student Government Association parliamentarian.

  • Tracy Hinkle, 16, vice president of the school's Student Government Association for next year.

  • Kevin Motz, 16, junior president.

Their adviser, Kim O'Kane, also is going on the trip.


This will be Williamson's third trip to the national convention; it will be the first for Motz and Hinkle.

"I am very excited. I can't wait. I will be meeting all kinds of people," Hinkle said.

Eight students, including Hinkle, Motz and Williamson, received a plaque at the Maryland Association of Student Councils Annual Convention in Ocean City earlier this month. The other students were Amber O'Kane, Janae Aiken, Tim Meyer, Amanda Nelling and Mary Kavanagh, O'Kane said.

About 900 students attended the state convention, which was held April 21-23, she said.

North Hagerstown High School was one of four in the state, and the only one in Washington County, that received the Felix Mason Award for Leadership and Service.

The school received the award in 1998 but, per convention rules, could not apply for the award again for four years, said O'Kane, who also was named the adviser of the year in 1998.

"This is not a competition among councils, but rather a set of criteria for all school student councils to use to enhance leadership, service and student empowerment within their schools," the state association says on its Internet site.

Williamson said he thinks the school won the award because of its accomplishments, including service projects such as an annual canned food drive and leadership projects.

Motz said he enjoyed the workshops and speeches he attended.

Williamson said he led a workshop on exchanging ideas and resolving conflicts.

The student leaders also have plans to try to expand student government in the county. Williamson is interested in helping form a student government at Eastern Elementary School, and Hinkle is interested in having student governments in the middle schools.

O'Kane said the North High student government hopes the community will help pay for the students to attend the convention, a cost of about $3,000. She asked that people who are interested in helping call her at the school at 301-766-8238.

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