The John Carroll School Social Studies Department is proud to announce the appointment of Karly Horn and Kelly Stifler as Maryland State Pages for the 2013-2014 School Year. The two John Carroll Seniors were honored this morning at a breakfast in Aberdeen, MD. as they, along with the 3 other pages representing Harford County, met with a host of local dignitaries and a host of elected officials. Maryland State Senators Barry Glassman, Maryland State Senator J.B. Jennings, Maryland Delegate Richard Impallaria, Maryland Delegate Susan McComas, Maryland Delegate Donna Stifler, and Maryland Delegate Glen Glass were among the many who congratulated the student pages who will be representing Harford County in Annapolis this spring. Mr. Jake Hollin, JC Social Studies Department Chair explained "Kelly and Karly will spend two weeks in Annapolis during the spring legislation session working with both Delegates and Senators representing Harford County and the state of Maryland. We are extremely proud of them, they really are some of the best and brightest in the state of Maryland." Pages work alongside delegates and senators learning the inner workings of State government and making valuable contacts with legislators and other future leaders of tomorrow.
Karly and Kelly are continuing a tradition of Patriot excellence in the program over the last few years (Kelly's sister, Sara, JC class of 2012) was a page for Harford County her Senior year). The application and admission process is extremely competitive with schools from all over the county (both public and private) sending students to the judging in the fall of each year. Harford County is allotted only 5 page positions along with one alternate (based on population) and each school is allowed to enter 2 students into the competition. Students fill out an application, sit through a rigorous exam testing their knowledge of both local and state government and politics, and then go through a 10 person panel interview process. Over the last three year, both of John Carroll's entries have been selected to represent Harford County in Annapolis. "I attribute it to two things... we have great students and we have great teachers." Hollin said when asked the formula for success. "We are very grateful to the Harford County Government and School System that has allowed us to be involved in this fantastic program. It really is an amazing and memorable experience for our students."