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Ehrlich picks North student for Md. Board of Education

June 30, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - A North Hagerstown High School student said Tuesday he was excited to be named the student representative to the Maryland Board of Education.

Brian Williamson, 17, received word Monday that Gov. Robert Ehrlich had named him to the position. He was informed while attending a national student government conference in Las Vegas, Williamson said Tuesday.

The news was announced during Tuesday's Washington County Board of Education meeting.

"Washington County will certainly have a voice on the state board," said Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, who said she has tremendous respect for Williamson.

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North High Principal Robert "Bo" Myers was in the audience at Tuesday's meeting.

"It is a tremendous opportunity for him and kudos to the Washington County Public Schools," Myers said.

Williamson will be a senior in the fall.

His term as the student member of the Washington County Board of Education ends June 30, a day before his term on the state board starts, he said.

In February Williamson was named one of two finalists for the position, narrowed from a field of five finalists. The other finalist was from Howard County.

The experience and knowledge he gained from serving on the county board should prove helpful in his new post, he said.

Williamson said one issue he wants to emphasize while trying to be a good representative of the students is the graduation requirements relating to the High School Assessments.

He said he does not think students understand the details of the requirements - which take effect with the class of 2009 - and efforts need to be taken to change that.

He is the son of John and Teri Williamson of Hagerstown.

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