Smithsburg Middle team wins Project Citizen Showcase

L-R (front row): Logenne Marquiss, Sydny Boney, Sarah Day, Christina Barnes, Jennifer West, Morgan Henderson, Cara Smith; (back row): Nancy Souders, Katherine Hedges, Amira Hartley, Taylor Smith, Sarah Stanford, Quinn Wandalowski, Cheyenne Betson, Jennifer Barnes, Josh Dorsey, Max Gamerman



Smithsburg Middle team wins Project Citizen Showcase

Hagerstown, MD (May 7, 2012) - A team of seventh grade students from Smithsburg Middle School finished first in the recent 5th annual Sixth Congressional District Project Citizen Showcase at Hagerstown Community College. Teacher Nancy Souders served as advisor to the Smithsburg Middle team. Springfield Middle School finished second in the event and Clear Spring Middle finished third. The students presented a project about a local issue to a panel of judges comprised of educators and community leaders.
All seven graders participated in the process and each middle school selected one group for presentation at the district showcase. Gene Ebersole, Sixth District coordinator, says, "The purpose of Project Citizen is to help people improve their ability to participate responsibly in the American political system." Project Citizen provides young people knowledge and experiences to help them understand the workings of local government.
Other teacher/advisors included Jasmine Bowser (Boonsboro Middle), Amy Beck (Clear Spring Middle), Jacob Lougheed (E. Russell Hicks Middle), Spencer Shives (Hancock Middle), Katie Beall, (Springfield Middle) and D.J. Clinger (Western Heights Middle).