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Students complete leadership program

June 20, 2005

The Student Leadership Hagerstown Class of 2004-05 recently completed one academic year of leadership studies at Hagerstown Community College.

This year, the students chose cystic fibrosis as their leadership project focus. In addition to raising public awareness and providing education, the students participated in the Great Strides Walk to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and treatment. The effort culminated in a donation from the class to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of more than $3,000.

Student Leadership Hagerstown is a program aimed at developing in students leadership skills they can use to serve their communities. Each of eight Washington County high schools selects and sends two of its outstanding student leaders. The college selects 10 leaders from student government and campus organizations.

The format of the program follows the Leadership Hagerstown model, meeting once a month from September through May.

Each student receives two college credits in leadership development upon completion of the program that emphasizes the academic content of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Leadership Program. PTK is the honor society of two-year colleges. Two trips are planned - a tour of Washington County and a trip to the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis, hosted by the county delegation.

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Leadership Hagerstown alumni and Hagerstown Community College jointly fund the program, which is taught by HCC professors Vaughn Crowl, Michael Harsh and Louise Wine.

For information on how to enroll in the program for the upcoming school year, call Crowl at 301-790-2800, ext. 320, or Clyde Harrell, Washington County Public Schools, at 301-766-2932.

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