Teens to assume roles of county leaders for a day
County government will take on a younger look tomorrow as students assume the roles of Anne Arundel's top elected and appointed bureaucrats.
The new face of government - lasting just for the day - is the result of a program revived from the late-1960s administration of Anne Arundel's first county executive, Joseph W. Alton Jr.
Cecelia Fabula, director of the county's community relations office under County Executive Janet S. Owens, had worked in the office then and suggested reviving the program that gives students a firsthand feel of government. She won the support of Owens and top County Council officials, and county 11th-graders were invited to apply by writing an essay. Council members each named one judge for the contest, Fabula said.
So tomorrow, visitors to the county executive's office may find Key School student Katherine Casey at the helm, or assisting Owens. First order of business, said Fabula, will be helping Owens prepare for a Maryland Public Television interview.
At 6 p.m., before the Anne Arundel County Council convenes, the student counterparts will sit in the chamber: James Engles of Linthicum, from North County High, will represent District 1; Elliott Rittenhouse of Glen Burnie, from Old Mill High, District 2; Stephanie Adams, Pasadena and Northeast High, District 3; Adrian Whitaker, Laurel, from Meade High, District 4; Jaime Crandall of Annapolis, South River High, District 5; Elissa Favero of Annapolis, Key School, District 6; and Nicholas Wilson of Davidsonville, South River High, District 7.
On their agenda will be several resolutions - unofficial, of course, but on real issues such as annexing Fort Smallwood Park from the City of Baltimore; changing the county's "use-it-or-lose-it" budget policy; and establishing a committee to examine the causes of school violence and recommend anti-violence initiatives for county schools.
For advice, they can call on such officials-for-the-day as Leigh Garriques of Pasadena, a Northeast High student acting as chief administrative officer; Rebecca Smith of Severn, Meade High, director of public works; Jeremy Hsieh of Millersville, Severna Park High, director of budget and finance; and Barrie Moorman of Annapolis, Annapolis High, school superintendent.
College hospitality course expands to cover catering
Anne Arundel Community College is offering a certificate program in catering as part of an expansion of its college's hotel/restaurant management program.
The certificate program includes courses in safety and sanitation, catering management, nutrition and food presentation, as well as training in preparing specific cultural cuisines.
Other programs being offered this fall include pastry baking, dining room management, food service, front desk management, hotel management, advanced restaurant management and travel and tourism.
The college offers associate of applied sciences degrees in chef apprenticeship, pastry apprenticeship, nutrition management, culinary arts, food and beverage management, hotel management and meeting and conference planning.
Registration and course information: 410-541-2390.
Community college grads to hear address by Owens
County Executive Janet S. Owens is to deliver the keynote speech Tuesday at Anne Arundel Community College's 38th commencement.
The graduation ceremonies are scheduled for 7 p.m. at Siegert Field.
Degrees will be awarded to about 1,200 students who completed requirements in August, December and May.