ANNAPOLIS, Md. (June 18, 2010)—Three of the six Maryland Student Legislature (MSL) members elected for the 2010-2011 term are St. Mary’s College of Maryland students. The students were elected during the 21st Annual Session of the MSL held at the Historic Maryland State House in Annapolis. Andrew Horn ‘11, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was elected to serve as the student governor; David Chase ‘12, of Murstons Mills, Massachusetts, will serve as attorney general; and Kevin Baier ‘12, of Baltimore, will serve as secretary of state. Baier also received the Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. Award for Up and Coming Members. Chris Ingraham ‘11, of Cabin John, served as delegation chair.
“We are very proud of our students and their tremendous contribution to the Maryland Student Legislature,” said Todd Eberly, assistant professor of political science at SMCM. “It is no small honor to note that three of the six elected officers are St. Mary’s College students. I have had the pleasure of instructing David and Kevin in several of my classes and I know Andrew by reputation. St. Mary’s College is well represented by these young men.”
“MSL offers students the opportunity to gain first hand experience with the legislative process and I am excited to help make that possible,” said Chase. “One of my goals as attorney general is to help bring new members into the organization with a better understanding of our constitution and our process.”
“It is an honor to serve as secretary of state for the Maryland Student Legislature,” said Baier. “Although the position may seem to be one of a glorified clerk, it is much more than that and is essential to the smooth and successful functioning of all MSL events. It is my hope that I can use secretary of state as a pulpit and launching point to show my competence and ability to lead as a possible future governor.”
“I love MSL because it is a great way for people interested in politics to see what it’s really like in the Maryland General Assembly and to have a good time,” said Ingraham.
According to a release by MSL, the Maryland Student Legislature is a 501(c)3 incorporated educational non-profit organization whose mission is to open the doors of the government and the legislative process to students enrolled at colleges and universities in Maryland through a simulation of the Maryland State Government. Students join together to write, research and debate issues of local, state, and national importance. Additionally, students are educated on the legislative process, which includes developing skills in parliamentary procedure, researching and drafting legislation, and understanding the organizational structure of leadership. Throughout the academic year, students participate in legislative sessions culminating with the Annual Session.