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May 21: Hood delegation wins awards

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FREDERICK, Md.— Three Hood College students have earned awards for their work simulating Maryland government processes in the state capital.

Kristen Geatz, Tyler Graham and Caitlin Battey stood out from the Hood College delegation at the Maryland Student Legislature’s 26th Annual Session May 1-3 in Annapolis, Md.

The MSL is a nonprofit that allows college and university students opportunities to experience Maryland state government and legislative processes and gather to write and debate public policy. Each year during its annual session, members experience the legislative process of the actual house of delegates and senate chambers.

Geatz, Hood’s delegation chairwoman, earned the William Troy Simmons award for distinguished career of service. She has held leadership roles in Hood’s delegation for three consecutive years, one as vice chair and two as chair. Graham received the award for most outstanding act, and Battey received the award for most outstanding senator. The MSL board of directors selects the recipient for the distinguished career of service award; student peers vote on the other awards.

Hood students Sharifa Clark, Helena Hammond, Samuel Kebede, Melissa Lopez, Brice McAndrew, Ayomide Sekiteri, Elliot Tombs, Emma Ward, Derrick Wood and Dylan Wood also participated in the weekend events.

Hood College also earned the most outstanding delegation award for the third time in six years. The MSL includes delegations from Frederick Community College; Hood College; McDaniel College; Mount St. Mary’s University; St. Mary’s College of Maryland; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park; and Washington College.