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County Executive Leopold Announces Student Model Government Winners

Teens will get a close look at elected office and civil service

Annapolis (December 29, 2008) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced today the names of the 35 students who will participate in next month’s 2009 Student Model Government program next month, in which teens get a chance to debate policy and learn the responsibilities of elected officials as well as department heads.

The winners include Maya Mundell of Northeast High School, who will shadow County Executive Leopold, and Michelle Aylor of Southern High School, who will shadow County Council Chairman Ed Reilly.

"Civics is a very important part of high school studies, and this program gives students the opportunity to walk in the shoes of the people who make decisions every day," County Executive Leopold said. "Hopefully, they will gain a taste for public service that will guide their college careers."

The students will attend a County Government Orientation on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at the Arundel Center, followed by individual dates where they will shadow an elected or appointed official. Students will then participate in a mock County Council Hearing on Tuesday, February 17, 2009.

Students were selected based on their community service and essays describing what they would seek to accomplish as County Executive or Councilman.

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