Boonsboro High School freshman likes to lead

August 02, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

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In his room, Ian Karraker is able to put his hands on plays he wrote and directed. He can find orchestral music he composed or a workbook from a student leadership summit he recently attended.

The Boonsboro High School freshman says he sometimes takes on the role of a leader at home, too.

"I boss my brother around sometimes," Ian said. "It doesn't always turn out well for me."

Ian, 14, lives in Boonsboro with his parents, Dale and Sharon Karraker, and his 16-year-old brother, Sean.

He said he was nominated to participate in the People to People student leader program by a teacher. He was one of about 200 students selected for the program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and part of a group of thousands internationally who took part in similar experiences.

He left July 9 and returned July 18.


"I was excited," Ian said. "I guess I was nominated because I get good grades and I behave."

The summit focused on character traits and leadership styles. He also was asked to investigate some colleges he might want to attend. Field trips to local sites, like the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. and local colleges, were included, and Ian says a visit to the U.S. Capitol to watch Congress is session was one of his favorite moments.

"Congress was in session and they were discussing the troops," he said.

He is a straight-A student and says the last time he got a B was in second grade. Ian's favorite subjects are music and English.

He hasn't decided what college he'd like to attaned, but he said he knows he wants to major either in music theory and composition or English and creative writing.

"I like to write stories ... long stories and music," he said.

At Boonsboro Middle, Ian approached his teachers about writing and directing two school plays. The school did not have a drama department, but Ian said he wanted to organize something for his fellow students.

"The curtains opened, and people clapped," he said when asked if the plays were a success.

Ian also has written music that his classmates in the school's orchestra performed. Ian plays the violin and is teaching himself to play the piano and the fife, which is similar to the piccolo.

Ian said he is learning to play the fife so he can participate in Civil War re-enactments with his father and brother. He's not old enough yet to hold a weapon.

Ian said he is looking forward to taking some of what he learned at the leadership summit and using it in school. While he knows his opportunities for leadership roles will be limited as a freshman, Ian said he could possibly be a leader in orchestra or drama in a few years.

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