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Students take honors at Maryland Student Legislature

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—An unprecedented number of Hood students won awards and two students were elected to the Council of State for the Maryland Student Legislature at its recent annual session in Annapolis.

Junior Jamie Shopland was elected attorney general and Andy Jannett, senior, was named speaker of the statewide organization.

The Hood representatives were also named the most outstanding delegation; Jannett was awarded the Thomas V. Mike Miller Award for up-and-coming members; sophomore Nick Temple was named best orator; Shopland was recognized for the most outstanding act, which establishes provisions for implementing a fee on disposable carryout bags provided to consumers by retail stores and vendors for the purpose of creating a fund that supports recycling initiatives; and senior Nick O’Brien for the most outstanding resolution, which encourages the Maryland General Assembly to pass legislation that protects student journalism majors thoroughly and more in-depth than the U.S. Constitution allows.

The Maryland Student Legislature is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to expose students enrolled in Maryland colleges and universities to the government and the legislative process through a simulation of the Maryland state government. Students join together to write, research and debate issues of local, state and national importance. Additionally, students learn about the legislative process, including developing skills in parliamentary procedure, researching and drafting legislation and understanding the organizational structure of leadership. Students participate in legislative sessions throughout the year.