Members of the Carroll County Student Government Assocation honored Sen. Joe Getty, far right, with its 2012 Friend of the CCSGA award. Shown with Getty, from left, are: first row, Oscar Schoenfelder, Cole Holocker and Abby Shriver; second row: CCSGA Advisor Nora Murray, Angela Bladen, Juliana Compton, Amanda Wivell, O'Reilly Miani and Bobby Crumbaugh; and third row, Samson Fowler, Erin Brothers, Abby Fowler and Kaitlyn Gulotta. (Submitted photo / September 15, 2012)

State Sen. Joe Getty (R-Dist. 5) was recently honored by the Carroll County Student Government Association with its 2012 Friend of the CCSGA award.

"Senator Getty was phenomenal last year in his dedication to helping the students," said Angela Bladen, a 2012 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School who served as the student representative to the county Board of Education during the 2011-2012 school year.

During the 2012 legislative session of the General Assembly, the student government association initiated a legislative proposal that would make the current practice by which a student representative serves on the Carroll County Board of Education a requirement under state law.

The Carroll County Senate Delegation introduced the proposal as Senate Bill 660. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 47-0 but died in the House of Delegates.


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Members of the CCSGA made several trips to Annapolis during the legislative session to lobby for the bill. O'Reilly Miani, who is the student representative on the board for the 2012-13 school year, said Getty's efforts on the bill helped show that "somebody really does care about their voice."

Bladen, now a freshman at Virginia Tech, said, "In addition to pursuing a bill, our organization was able to better understand the legislative process and learned a lot about politics."

Liberty High School hosts marching band 'Extravaganza'

The Liberty High School Lion's Pride Marching Band will host "Extravaganza Saturday" on Saturday, Sept. 22, greeting high school marching bands from Maryland and neighboring states for a band competition at the school, located at 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

Spectators are welcome; the show begins at 5 p.m. and tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The Lions will perform their 2012 show, "Journey Through Arabia."

Manchester Valley graduates set to speak at FFA convention

Allison Piper and Lindsay Waugh, FFA members and 2012 graduates from Manchester Valley High School, have been selected to make a presentation at the Agriscience Research Fair at this year's National FFA Convention, to be held in October in Indianapolis, Ind.

The duo's research report, "Effects of Phytase on Phosphorus Availability," was submitted for pre-judging and was chosen as one of the top 15 in that category. Their agriscience teacher at Manchester Valley was Anna Warner.