MORE THAN 50 New Windsor Middle School pupils have joined to form a Student Government Association to learn about leadership and get more active in the community.
"I was always active in student government when I was in high school," said Becky Tregoning, a seventh-grade language arts teacher who organized the group. "I decided to form it so kids could get exposed to student government before they get to high school."
Tregoning noted that every high school has an SGA, but few middle schools do.
The group's main focus, she said, will be community service. The group is beginning to get involved in the Special Olympics to be held at Carroll Springs School in Westminster. Members of the group were recently involved in a canned food drive for Carroll County Food Sunday.
In addition to community service, the group will focus on leadership. Tomorrow night, a middle school lock-down will be held at Carroll Indoor Sports in Westminster. Carroll County SGA, made up of high school students, is sponsoring the event.
"It's a leadership event to help middle school students make a transition to high school," Tregoning said.
New Windsor Middle pupils Stephanie Martin, 12, Katey Hanna, 13, and Mike Vetri, 14, said they joined to get more involved in school and the community and to become better leaders.
"I joined because it seemed like fun and I wanted to help the community and school," Stephanie said.
"I expect to learn more about how to be a leader and to help people."
Mike and Katey emphasized gaining leadership experience as well.
"I believe the SGA has benefited me greatly these past two months," he said. "It has taught me leadership along with discipline."
Katey added that SGA is a way to get her voice heard.
"I joined to get more involved, to be a better speaker ... ," she said. "I enjoy getting my opinions heard and working to get something important done. It has helped me be more open-minded and to be a better person."
Tregoning emphasized that while all pupils are welcome, the group has set guidelines.
"We did set criteria because they are representing the school," Tregoning said.
The criteria include a "C-plus" grade point average or better, good attendance and no behavioral problems.
The group has not elected officers, but will do so next year, she added.
Knights of Columbus will hold a St. Valentine's Day breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church social hall at 44 Frederick St. in Taneytown.
The menu will include pancakes with strawberry toppings, eggs, bacon and toast. The cost is $5; $3 for children ages 7 to 10; and children ages 6 and younger eat free.
Girls' softball sign-up
Terra Rubra Lions Athletic Club will hold its girls fast-pitch softball registration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Taneytown Burger King.
Registration also will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Keysville Lions Club Hall at Keysville-Bruceville Road off Route 194. Registration is open for girls ages 6 to 14. The cost is $50.
Bull and oyster feed
American Legion Hesson-Snider Post 120 will hold a bull and oyster feed from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its hall in Taneytown. Beer and soda will be available. The cost is $20.
Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.