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Course prepares students to lead

December 29, 2008

Student Leadership Washington County, a program under the umbrella of Washington County Leadership Development Program Inc., is halfway through the program year.

Last month, the students went on a tour of Washington County, hosted by history professor Tom Clemens, a local Civil War expert.

The class will take a trip to the Maryland General Assembly on March 6.

"The purpose of this course is to help prepare students to assume increasingly responsible leadership roles in their personal, professional and academic lives," said Vaughn Crowl, who leads the students.

The goal of the program is to develop leadership skills in class members, which in turn, will be used to serve their communities.

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Members of the 2008-09 class are:

o Boonsboro -- Kelsey Hubstenberger, Scoti Dobson, Andrew Bitner and Taylor Wennick.

o Clear Spring -- Korey Atherton and Kelsey Hovermale.                  

o Hancock -- Jill Helmstetter and Kelsea Pittman.                      

o North High -- Rachael Amalfitano and Alyssia Collier.            

o Smithsburg -- Mohamid Zia and Shannon Delaney.      

o South High -- Emily Forrester and Sarah Wetzel. 

o WCTHS -- Ben Baker and Sara Martens. 

o Williamsport -- Sean Walters and Molly Haas.      

o HCC -- Ashley Barnes, Brandon Bingaman, Caleb Coble, Elizabeth Casto, Genia Gardaya, Megan Mowen, Molly Shinham, Andrew Smith and Christina Wolfe. 

"This is a wonderful group of young leaders from every high school in Washington County, Gene Ebersole, secondary school studies curriculum instruction specialist, said in a prepared release.

The format of the program follows the Leadership Washington County model, meeting once a month from September through May. Each selected student receives two college credits in Leadership Development upon completion.  

Louise Wine and Mike Harsh from HCC also are professors involved in the program. 

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