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Like father, like son - Simmers pair are leadership students

October 24, 2009

Kevin Simmers and Grant Simmers are more than just father and son. They both are students of leadership.

Kevin Simmers is a member of Class XXIII of Leadership Washington County. He has been with the Hagerstown Police Department for 22 years and serves as the sergeant in charge of the downtown squad and the school resource officers. He also might run for political office.

Simmers recently attended Leadership Washington County's leadership retreat at the Wisp Resort. The program will continue through June 2010, with one day each month spent delving into issues that challenge our community. Subjects to be explored include health and human services, business and economic development, art and culture, education, and state and local government.

Grant Simmers, a senior at Clear Spring High School, is a member of the Student Leadership Program at Hagerstown Community College. He was selected by his principal to be a part of this group of high school students who meet once a month on the college campus with members of the HCC student body.

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The format of the student leadership 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. The student program emphasizes the academic content of the Phi Theta Kappa International Leadership Program and the course incorporates classic literature and films.

In addition to his studies at HCC and Clear Spring High School, Grant Simmers spent the last year in Leon, Spain, and is fluent in Spanish. He would like to attend Towson (Md.) University or the University of Maryland, but is undecided on a major.

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