Category Archives: student government

Be a voice for Maryland students: Apply now, deadline Aug. 15

Looking for a new way to get your voice heard?

David Edimo, the student member of the Maryland State Board of Education, is looking for middle and high school students to join his Advisory Council. The council will be a forum to discuss issues affecting students and will help David communicate with students throughout the state.

While all students are encouraged to apply, David is specifically seeking students who are not already very active in student government. He also is seeking geographic diversity. Serving is not an intensive commitment as the group will probably meet once a month and typically via teleconference.

If you are interested — or know someone who might be, the application is available at www.marylandsmob.org/apply. The deadline is August 15. Any questions can be emailed to David@MarylandSMOB.org.

U.S. Senate Youth program offers juniors, seniors opportunity to explore government, leadership issues

Each year, two student leaders from every state are selected to attend a weeklong government and leadership opportunity called the United States Senate Youth program. Through this program, which is in its 54th year, juniors and senior school officeholders from across the nation will meet with legislative, executive, and judicial leaders to discuss political issues that affect the nation. The all-expenses-paid trip to Washington is scheduled for March 5-12, 2016. Each participant also receives a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship and encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

The deadline for applying to this program is Thursday, September 24, 2015, and it is open to any Baltimore County junior or senior who holds elected or appointed positions during the current school year, including student council members and officers, class presidents, vice presidents, secretaries or treasurers, or student representatives elected or appointed to district, regional or state civic or educational organizations. High school principals are allowed to nominate one student per school; nominees will complete a qualifying exam, which will determine 10 finalists from whom each state’s candidates will be chosen.

Application forms from nominated students, which may be obtained from each high school counseling office, should be turned in by September 24 to Michele Moore, Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore St., 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.  For more information about the program, visit: www.ussenateyouth.org, or for additional information, contact Vanessa Diggs at 410-767-0653 or via email at vanessa.diggs@maryland.gov.