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West Middle School Receives State Student Government Awards

Release Date: 3/5/2010 11:44:54 AM

The West Middle School Student Government Association (SGA) has received the Felix Simon Award for Leadership and Service for 2009-2010. The award is presented by the Maryland Association of Student Councils and recognizes student organizations for leadership, service, and student empowerment within their schools.

The West Middle School SGA is an extremely active organization that makes many contributions at the school, county and state levels of student government. West Middle School was recently recognized by the Maryland Association of Student Councils as the top fundraising middle school for their state charity, the Sarcoma Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The SGA is involved in the local community and has collected funds for various charities, including the American Cancer Society, Carroll County Food Sunday, and Shepherd’s Staff. SGA members make posters and morning announcements and maintain fundraising tables during lunch shifts to meet the needs of the community. They also work to include all students at the school by sponsoring activities such as a Fall Fun Night and Spirit Week. They also sponsor a faculty/student basketball game to help defray the cost of student attendance at the state convention.

Katie Taylor serves as President of the West Middle School Student Government Association. The SGA Advisor is Sherry Wood.

Tom Hill, principal at West Middle School, was selected to receive the 2009-2010 Wayne Perry Principal of the Year Award from the Maryland Association of Student Councils. This award recognizes middle and high school principals who enable and empower student leaders and student organizations while maintaining high standards for the comprehensive school program.

Hill creates a positive school climate and allows students to express their opinions and exchange ideas. He encourages the Student Government Association’s involvement at the school, regional, and state levels so that students may develop their leadership skills. He also empowers students to develop solutions to issues and supports their ideas, provides time for them to meet and plan, and seeks funding for their initiatives.

“Mr. Hill is the kind of person who tries to make good things happen for students,” said Nora Murray, advisor for the Carroll County Student Government Association. “He loves kids. It is evident in all that he does to help them be successful at West Middle and beyond.”

The awards were presented at the Maryland Association of Student Councils convention, which was held from February 24-26, 2010 in Ocean City.

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