Government Big Wigs Came Out in Force for South River Signature Program
South River High School managed to get Democrats and Republicans to agree on something on Wednesday, when about two dozen representatives of various levels of government showed up for “Government Day.” The day was sponsored by the school’s “Global Communications and Public Affairs Signature” program, administered by Linda Lamon.
The idea was to get people from government at all levels to come and talk about their jobs as well as give students the opportunity to ask questions.
There were representatives from local government including the new Southern District police captain, the County Executive’s office and two members of the County Council. There were representatives of State Government including the state Senate, the Maryland Courts and the Speaker of the Maryland House. There were federal representatives including the FBI, FDA and the Supreme Court.
More than 125 students were able to meet with each and every representative.
The way it was set up was a kind of round robin, where the representatives stayed put while the students went from table to table.
The students all came from History, Government, Leadership or Newspaper classes.
Kerrie-Ann Sutton is a junior, and she said that she got information about Maryland Tourism from Jennifer Jones that she found interesting. She also liked the presentation by the FBI.
“I always expected it to be thrilling and exciting, but the FBI can be anything. There are so many jobs, and some jobs are right here close to home,” she said, noting that to be an FBI employee, she’ll need a four-year degree and three years of work experience before applying.
“The students asked great questions,” said Marcy Goode of the Maryland Judiciary. She met Lamon at a jobs fair at Anne Arundel Community College. Lamon enticed her to participate.
“These kids are awesome. They’re curious about the Maryland Judiciary. I’ll definitely come back next year,” she said.
Even Principal Will Myers was impressed with the turnout. Myers said that they had previously offered a similar type of event in the evening where parents and students could come out and meet their government representatives.
Myers knows that it can be difficult to get people from all branches of government together in one room at the same time.
“Linda Lamon surely deserves accolades for putting this all together,” he said.
It surely was a site to see so many important people taking out four hours of their day to participate in the high school program. Lamon refused to take credit. Lamon said that she had help from people on the school’s business advisory board, especially Bea Poulin, who is the South County constituent liaison for Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold‘s office, as well as Alli Holstrom from the Anne Arundel Partnership for Children, Youth & Families and Kristin Fleckenstein of the Anne Arundel States Attorney’s Office.
In the end, students learned a lot from the presenters, but also something from Lamon: Perseverance pays.
- Senator John Astle
- Senator Ed Reilly
- Speaker Mike Busch, House of Delegates
- G. James Benoit, County Councilman District 4
- Kristen Fleckenstein, Communications Officer, State Attorney’s Office
- Thomas Fleckenstein, Deputy State’s Attorney
- Bea Poulin, Community & Constituent Specialist at Anne Arundel County Government
- Dr Carrie McMahon, FDA
- Roger Morrison, FBI
- Captain Michelle Simpson, South County District Police Captain
- Vincent Taylor, Community Conferencing Coordinator Anne Arundel County
- Abbi Wicklein-Bayne, Interpretive Specialist, National Park Service
- Joe Van Deuren, Suicide Prevention
- David Armenti, Maryland State Research Archivist
- Carolyn Ryan, AACo Parks & Recreation
- Chris Carroll, Chief of Parks & Recreation
- Christine Poulsen, Special Programs Manager
- Erik Robey, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer County Executive Office, Anne Arundel County
- Judge Laura S. Kiessling, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel county
- Marcy Goode, Maryland Judiciary Courts
- Angelita Plemmer, Maryland Judiciary Courts
- Margie Long, Maryland Office of Tourism Development
- Jerry Walker, County Councilman District 7
- Jim Jackson, Anne Arundel Community College