School Notes

Urbana Senior Selected as Page

Five Frederick County students will serve as pages, and one as alternate, for the Maryland General Assembly 2013 legislative session. Each of the selected students is a high school senior.

One of the five pages is Urbana High School’s Yasmin Lachir. Lachir is senior class president and a Frederick County Association of Student Councils delegate. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National English Honor Society and the Mock Trial team. Yasmin has earned the Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Award.

Serving as a legislative page is a unique opportunity for students to learn firsthand about the workings of the legislative process in Maryland. Apportionment of pages, by county, is based on the census taken at the beginning of each decade. Maryland pages must be senior high school students residing in the state.

Other students include Amanda Cornish, Frederick High School, who is a member of the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society; Jay Molnar, Oakdale High School, who is captain of the varsity football and lacrosse teams; Kisha Patel, Brunswick High School, who served on her school’s Student Government Association executive committee and was freshman and sophomore class president; and Evan Leiter-Mason, Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Jaime Nicholson, from Tuscarora High School, will serve as an alternate page.

For more information, contact Frederick County Public Schools Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Specialist Michael Bunitsky, 301.644.5265.

Superintendent Alban Honored

On Nov. 8, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban was honored by the American Cancer Society at Frederick’s Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick. Alban was noted as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Maryland Superintendent of the Year.

“This state-level award is for the superintendent who is most involved in championing Relay for Life involvement in his/her school system,” stated Laurie Frey, American Cancer Society, Inc. South Atlantic Division community manager.

Relay for Life events are held across the country to offer healing, comfort and support for those who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. Alban’s efforts to mobilize FCPS and the wider Frederick community help support the battle to end cancer. As a result of Dr. Alban’s support, FCPS involvement has grown from nine to 17 participating schools.

Frey presented Alban’s award at the Relay for Life WOO HOO Celebration! Seven schools received Relay for Life banners at the ceremony to display at their schools, including Urbana Middle School and Urbana High School.

Local Scout Wins National Honor

Frederick resident Michael Hepburn, a local Boy Scout from Troop 1812, won national honors with his recent essay entitled, “How I Can Show My Patriotism in My Community.” Hepburn won the Americanism Essay Contest Award for the Eastern Division — Class III of the American Legion Auxiliary. This was the highest award possible in the nation for his age group.

This past summer, Hepburn attended Boy Scouts of America’s National Youth Leader Training. In his essay, he discussed the meaning of patriotism and how one can act on it within their community. He wrote: “Patriotism is caring about your country and community, and committing to make America a better place.” His essay also talked about how Scouting has helped him with his understanding of patriotism by teaching him how to respect others and how to serve the American flag.

Hepburn won a cash prize for his essay and donated half of it to Friends of Scouting (FOS). The FOS program provides scholarships for underprivileged kids to attend camp, along with training materials and programs that allow the Boy Scouts to provide activities and experiences to youth.

For more information about joining all levels of Scouting please go to or contact John Boyd, Appalachian Trail district executive, at 240.422.0706 or


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