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Student Leadership Washington County's seventh class begins

October 30, 2009

Class VII of Student Leadership Washington County has started.

The class includes high school and Hagerstown Community College students.

The class is being taught by Vaughn Crowl, Michael Harsh and Louise Wine, with a special class on transformational leadership being taught by HCC President Guy Altieri.

The student program emphasizes the academic content of the Phi Theta Kappa International Leadership Program.

The program includes topics in developing a personal leadership philosophy, ethical leadership, vision and transformational leadership, decision making, conflict management and goal setting.

The course also incorporates classic literature, including "The Grapes of Wrath," "Moby Dick," "Billy Budd" and "Homer's The Illiad." The course also will include movies such as "Twelve Angry Men," "Schindler's List," "Dead Poets Society," "Dances with Wolves" and "Remember the Titans."

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Two trips are planned, including a historical tour of Washington County hosted by Tom Clemens and a trip to the state legislature in Annapolis hosted by the Washington County delegation.

Each class also completes a community project that it plans and implements. Individual participation in the project is a requirement for graduation from the program.

Members of Class VII of Student Leadership Washington County include:

o Boonsboro -- Katrina Bushko, Darly Dodson and Jessica Mazalon

o Clear Spring -- Aaron Hetzer and Grant Simmers

o Hancock -- Jennifer McSparron and Chelsea Stigile

o North Hagerstown -- Vanessa Abrahams and Gessiqua Pugh

o Smithsburg -- Tim Barr and Emily Hargreaves

o South Hagerstown -- Jason Camarano and Ryan David

o Washington County Technical -- Patrick Lynch and Chelsea Smith

o Williamsport -- Chelsey Baturin, Jenn Spangler and Sarah Tate

o HCC -- Andrea Clark, Siriki Diabate, Gregorio Hidrobo, Lindsay Kneisley, Alisha Lehman, Ethan Reynolds, Margaret Stone, Britta Troxell and Joshua Wallech

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