Carroll student is finalist for state Board of Ed position

Manchester Valley High School junior Steven Priester has been chosen as one of two finalists to represent students across the state as the student member of the Maryland State Board of Education for the 2014-15 school year.

Priester has served on the Carroll County Board of Education as its student representative since June.

As student member, Priester would be responsible to attend state Board of Education meetings and traveling across the state meeting with students.

If chosen, Priester would be the first Carroll County student to hold the position, according to Jeff Alisauckas, supervisor of teacher and leadership development.

"He is a great student, great leader, and would definitely do a great job representing Carroll County and the students of Maryland," Alisauckas said.

Priester said he is "really proud" to represent Carroll in his current position, but acknowledged becoming state would be a "huge honor."

"As far as getting someone from our county on the state board, I think that's a really big deal for a lot of people, not just me," he said.

Priester was one of five finalists for the state position selected by the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC).

The finalists addressed the MASC conference in Cumberland Feb. 8, answering questions on topics, such as the Common Core State Standards, student discipline regulations, and school security.

Priester and Ben Feshbach of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville were then chosen as the two finalists.

"It's a huge honor for me," Priester said of being nominated for the position by his colleagues. "But it also puts a huge responsibility and huge accountability on me because I need to make sure I can achieve what I said I was going to achieve."

The two finalists will meet with the Governor's Office in late April or May with the Governor expected to make his selection soon after that meeting, according to a Carroll County Public Schools news release.

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