North­ern High duo se­lected as state pages

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A pair of Calvert County Pub­lic Schools stu­dents will re­ceive a first­hand look at the in­ner work­ings of gov­ern­ment and pol­i­tics after they were se­lected to be pages for the 2019 Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly in An­napo­lis.

Thomas Ri­de­nour and Jil­lian Gray of North­ern High School will help rep­re­sent Calvert County dur­ing the leg­isla­tive ses­sion, which be­gins Jan. 9 and runs through April 8.

Sean Hale, also of North­ern High School, was se­lected as the al­ter­nate.

“I’m very ex­cited, es­pe­cially be­cause I want to go into a gov­ern­ment-based job,” said Ri­de­nour, who is also a stu­dent mem­ber of the Calvert County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. “This is re­ally in­ter­est­ing to go and see how things work at a dif­fer­ent level and see how laws are made at the state level. I think it will be a re­ally cool and fun ex­pe­ri­ence. It will be a re­ally in­ter­est­ing op­por­tu­nity.”

At­tempts to con­tact Gray on her ap­point­ment were un­suc­cess­ful.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, stu­dent pages serve two non­con­sec­u­tive weeks in ei­ther the House of Del­e­gates or the Se­nate dur­ing the 90-day ses­sion. Their du­ties in­clude dis­tribut­ing ma­te­ri­als to mem­bers on the floor, run­ning er­rands, an­swer­ing the phone, as­sist­ing vis­i­tors and de­liv­er­ing mes­sages to mem­bers.

Be­gun in 1970 by House Speaker Thomas Hunter Lowe and ap­proved by the Mary­land State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, the pro­gram is de­signed to in­ter­est youth in state gov­ern­ment, foster lead­er­ship and pro­vide stu­dents with worth­while ex­pe­ri­ence in state gov­ern­ment.

“We have so many out­stand­ing stu­dents that we wish we could send more,” Calvert County Su­per­in­ten­dent of

Schools Dan Curry said in the re­lease. “Thomas and Jil­lian are among the best and we know they will be out­stand­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Calvert County.”

The stu­dents se­lected for this pres­ti­gious, highly com­pet­i­tive pro­gram demon­strate a strong knowl­edge base, as well as su­pe­rior com­mu­ni­ca­tion and prob­lem-solv­ing skills.

“I’ve had a chance to see how the board of ed­u­ca­tion works and they all seem to have the same views of things, and get along,” said Ri­de­nour, who said he will work two one-week ses­sions in An­napo­lis, “so I re­ally want to see oth­ers get along and work through con­flict and just see how things work at the state level. I’m hop­ing just to get the ex­pe­ri­ence of how things work.”

And was Ri­de­nour ea­ger to be se­lected?

“Jil­lian texted me that she made it, but I was at work” at Calvert Li­brary’s Fairview Branch, Ri­de­nour said, “so I called my mom and made her go out to the mail­box to check if they sent it by mail.”

MLK break­fast set for Jan. 21

The Calvert County Chap­ter of the Na­tional Congress of Black Women Inc. will host the 33rd an­nual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birth­day Break­fast at 8:30 a.m. Mon­day, Jan. 21, at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restau­rant in Ch­e­sa­peake Beach. This year’s break­fast, “Power, Pur­pose and a Place at the Ta­ble,” is an event to com­mem­o­rate the birth­day of the civil rights leader.

Spon­sors are sought for the event. All pro­ceeds help the NCBW’s Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land schol­ar­ship fund. Spon­sors will re­ceive re­served seat­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing in the pro­gram book­let. For de­tails, email [email protected]­cast.net.

Tick­ets are $40 in ad­vance, $50 at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Shiela Moore at 240-210-5245, Gla­dys Jones at 410-586-8305 or Joyce Free­land at 410-535-0413.

Mu­seum closed for ren­o­va­tions

The Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum closed Jan. 1 for ren­o­va­tions on the mez­za­nine level of the ex­hi­bi­tion hall. Con­struc­tion to re­vi­tal­ize the mu­seum and ex­pand ed­u­ca­tional spa­ces will last through the win­ter. The mu­seum is ex­pected to open in March, and the project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by May.

Dur­ing the clo­sure, CHESPAX field trips will con­tinue to take place off­site and the Patux­ent Small Craft Guild will con­tinue to op­er­ate. Ac­cord­ing to staff, the ot­ters and most of the other wildlife housed at the mu­seum will not need to be re­lo­cated for the ren­o­va­tion work and will con­tinue to be cared for in their cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment. An­i­mals lo­cated near the front door or lobby area will be re­lo­cated into other liv­ing quar­ters on site.

The project is the sec­ond part of a two-phase plan that in­cluded the 2014 ren­o­va­tion of the Harms Gallery and lobby. Goals of Phase II in­clude the cre­ation of two large class­rooms for ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming, a new uni­sex bath­room, im­proved hand­i­cap ac­cess to the ex­hibit area, and ex­panded work space for ed­u­ca­tion staff, a press re­lease states.

The new class­rooms will have the ca­pac­ity to hold up to 30 stu­dents and the di­vid­ing wall sep­a­rat­ing these rooms will be able to fold down and cre­ate one large pro­gram­ming space, and have sinks, stor­age and smart­boards.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.calvert­marine­mu­seum. com.

CSM to host col­lege prep day

Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Prince Fredrick cam­pus will hold Su­per Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur­day, Jan. 12, at 115 J.W. Wil­liams Road in Prince Fred­er­ick. The event is for those who have ap­plied for ad­mis­sion to the col­lege to com­plete tasks for the up­com­ing se­mes­ter, in­clud­ing place­ment tests, meet­ings with ad­vi­sors, reg­is­ter­ing for classes and pur­chas­ing of books. Call 301-934-7765, or go towww. csmd.edu/ap­ply-regis­ter/credit/su­per-satur­days/.

An­nual com­edy night to sup­port Project Grad­u­a­tion

Calvert High School will hold a Com­edy In­va­sion for Project Grad­u­a­tion from 7 to 10 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 15, at the school.

Co­me­di­ans Lu­cas Bohn, Brit­tany Car­ney, Robert Mac, Rob Ma­her, Ja­son Weems and Wendy Wrob­lewski are sched­uled to per­form at the event, which is spon­sored by the Calvert Al­liance Against Sub­stance Abuse Inc. There will also be a silent auc­tion.

Tick­ets are $45, $35 in ad­vance, and can be pur­chased at Patux­ent, Hunt­ing­town, North­ern or Calvert high schools, and at Calvert Al­liance Against Sub­stance Abuse, 30 Duke St. in Prince Fred­er­ick.

Non­profit con­fer­ence planned next month

Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land will hold its an­nual Non­profit In­sti­tute Con­fer­ence from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 21, at the La Plata cam­pus, 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata.

The theme is in­no­va­tion, and the key­note speaker will be CSM En­tre­pre­neur and In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute Di­rec­tor Tommy Lug­in­bill.

Ses­sions will fo­cus on lead­er­ship, strate­gic plan­ning, man­age­ment, fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing.

The con­fer­ence will fea­ture lo­cal and statewide ex­hibitors who of­fer pro­grams, grants and re­sources for non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Time will be set aside after lunch for at­ten­dees to meet with ex­hibitors.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to regis­ter, go to www.csmd.edu/ com­mu­nity/in­sti­tutes/non­profit-in­sti­tute/con­fer­ence-in­for­ma­tion/reg­is­tra­tion.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

Stu­dent mem­ber Thomas Ri­de­nour makes a point dur­ing a re­cent Calvert County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing.

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