Transition of power: Baltimore County Student Councils swears in new leaders

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Outgoing Baltimore County Student Councils President Jordyn Wilson, right, receives a hug from her younger sister Brooke, the BCSC publicity coordinator. The Wilson sisters, who both attend Hereford High, served together on the BCSC executive board.

COCKEYSVILLE — For her final act as President of Baltimore County Student Councils (BCSC), Hereford High Grade 12 student Jordyn Wilson needed to get through one last speech.

This was a tough task. More than 200 student leaders from throughout the county were gathered and listening her to every word at the year-ending BCSC Bull Roast at Oregon Ridge Lodge. (Related: See our BCSC Bull Roast photo gallery)

Jordyn’s proud parents were sitting to her right. Her principal, Joe Jira, was standing in the back. Her younger sister Brooke, the BCSC publicity director who served with her on the executive board, was to her left. They would share an emotional hug later on, one of those powerful moments two close sisters will likely recall years from now.

Jordyn figured she would not be able to get through this speech without tearing up. And she was right. This was the end of her time with BCSC. She started with the organization as a quiet middle school student who would have been terrified speaking in front of this many people. She leaves as a confident, articulate leader who will be attending the University of Pennyslvania’s Wharton School of Business.

There’s no question Jordyn made an impact with BCSC, a student-led organization that supports school administrators, the Board of Education of Baltimore County, and the Maryland Association of Student Councils by providing feedback on issues that affect all students.

Adults and students alike called upon Jordyn for help organizing a wide range of activities. And she came through every time. She served on the BCPS Teacher of the Year selection committee, she spoke at events throughout the county, and she led the planning of everything from the Fall Leadership Camp to the inaugural Finish Sarcoma 5k.

Without question, Jordyn and her fellow seniors did more than their fair share. And it’s time for a new group of student leaders to make their mark.

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BCPS Superintendent S. Dallas Dance with the outgoing BCSC leadership: President Jordyn Wilson, Vice President Tiffany Klingenstein, Publicity Coordinator Brooke Wilson, and 2nd Vice President Carter Bohart. 

BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance swore in an all-new group of student leaders elected by their peers. It will be up to them to ensure students serve their school and community through leadership and service.

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The 2017-18 BCSC leaders were sworn in by Dr. Dance at the organization’s annual Bull Roast. They are (from left): Samantha Warfel (2nd Vice President), Noureen Badwi (Public Relations Director), Angela Qian (1st Vice President), and Jake Turner (President).

 The annual Bull Roast also serves as an awards assembly. Students choose to thank those who have given back to the organization. Among this year’s award winners:
BCSC High School Principal of the Year: Sandra Reid, Pikesville High
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BCSC High School Advisers of the Year: Jill Watkins and Allison Zane, Hereford High

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BCSC Middle School Adviser of the Year: Toni Parry, Sparrows Point Middle

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Barbara J. Fuller Friend of BCSC: Jen Drury, Supervisor, Office of Print and Copy Services, BCPS

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Other winners: BCSC Scholarships: Jordyn Wilson, Kayla Manigault; Middle School Prinicpal of the Year: Susan Harris, Dumbarton Middle School.

 

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