Education briefs

November 29, 2004

Student member of State Board of Education sought

Nominations are being accepted for the student member of the State Board of Education.

Each public high school in the state can nominate one student for the position. Information packets have been mailed to every high school, including nomination forms. School nomination forms are due Wednesday.

The student member is an official member of the State Board and, by statute, has a partial vote. He or she votes on all issues except for budget, legal appeals and the removal or reprimand of personnel.

Maryland has had a student member of the State Board since the 1985-86 school year. Brian Williamson from North Hagerstown High School in Washington County is the current student member.


Applications are screened and rated by a committee from the Maryland Association of Student Councils. The committee interviews the top applicants and selects five candidates to submit to the MASC Legislative Session in the spring. At that session, approximately 800 high school and middle school students select two nominees, whose names are forwarded to the governor.

For information, contact Shawn Stelow, executive director, MASC, 1-410-767-0481.

Baltimore Ravens controller addresses South High group

Jim Coller, controller for the Baltimore Ravens, was guest speaker Nov. 18 at a meeting of Academy of Finance students and accounting students at South Hagerstown High School.

Coller discussed his career development, from Penn State graduate to his current position with the Ravens. He was invited to speak by Academy advisor Sharon Hogan after John Smith, one of her students, indicated his career goal was to become an accountant for the Ravens.

Academy students will travel to Philadelphia on Friday to visit the Federal Reserve, tour the U.S. Mint and see historic sites around the city. Also in December, Academy of Finance students will present a holiday program for fifth-grade students at Bester Elementary School. They are seeking gift donations for the event.

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