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County students attend leadership retreat

September 22, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

Eight Washington County Public Schools students attended a weeklong leadership retreat over the summer where they say they made friends and learned new skills.

"It's more of 'what didn't I get out of it?' I came back a completely different person," Maiya Dacey, a Boonsboro High School junior, said after a presentation about the retreat at Tuesday night's Washington County Board of Education meeting.

Maiya, North Hagerstown High School senior Ben O'Kane and South Hagerstown High School senior Michael Dunham attended leadership workshops at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., over the summer.

Michael said he made friends during the session.

"And, some of those bonds are gonna be life-long," he told the board.

According to Ron Dhindsa, president and director of Maryland Leadership Workshops, a nonprofit organization that fosters leadership development for Maryland students, students at the workshops learn to plan meaningful events and activities while working together.

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The county's Student Government Association paid for the students to attend, Dhindsa said. The cost to students next year will be $450.

Clear Spring Middle School seventh-grader Kristen Resh, 12, and Clear Spring Middle School eighth-grader Amanda Crawl, 13, also addressed the board. They were part of a new day camp for middle schoolers at Fairview Outdoor School this summer, Dhindsa said.

- Karen Hanna

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