October 15, 2008
CONTACT: Jonathan Szish, School and Community Relations Coordinator, 724-763-5268

                         Student Delegate Program in Hershey to Foster Outstanding Leadership

FORD CITY — Four Armstrong School District students will join 200 other high school students from across Pennsylvania
at the 38th-annual Pennsylvania School Boards Association’s Student Delegate Program in Hershey. This three-day event
starts today and is designed to forge a new generation of leaders.

Armstrong School District’s student representatives will be:

Naomi Yurga, a senior at          Jake Kanish, a senior at        Addie Bauer, a senior at          Sarah Broskin, junior, West
Elderton High School              Ford City High School           Kittanning High School            Shamokin High School
                                                                                 Addie is                            Sarah is the
                   Naomi is                       Jake is
                                                                                 president of                        junior school
                   vice                           student
                                                                                 Student Council,                    board
                   president of                   council
                                                                                 treasurer of the                    representative
                   the senior                     president,
                                                                                 National Honor                      from West
                   class and is                   and is a
                                                                                 Society and                         Shamokin.
                   a member                       member of
                                                                                 drama club, co-                     She
                   of student                     Senior Class                  captain of the
   Naomi Yurga                       Jake Kanish                      Addie                            Sarah Broskin participated
                   council. She                   Cabinet,            Bauer     varsity                              in the
ranks near the top of her         National Honor Society,                       cheerleading        Leadership Conference in
class, is part of the color       Leo Club, Quiz bowl,            squad, student director of this   Harrisburg last year. She
guard and school basketball       chorus and math league. He      year’s musical Guys and           plays volleyball and is a
team, runs cross country,         serves in peer mentoring        Dolls, a member of Teens          member of the Enviro-thon.
and volunteers with the           and as a peer mediator, and     Against Tobacco Use, a            She is the daughter of Marsha
Applebee Pond puppet              also serves as marching         member of the school              Juart of Smicksburg.
show program. Ms. Yurga is        band assistant drum major       newspaper staff, a statistician
the daughter of Susan             and band treasurer. He is the   for the wrestling team, and is
Johnston of Elderton              son of Grant and Becky          a volunteer cheerleading
Borough and Don Yurga of          Kanish of Ford City.            coach in the Armstrong
Wells, Maine.                                                     Indians midget football
                                                                  league. She is the daughter of
                                                                  Gary and Lisa Bauer of

The students will be joined by Mr. Brian Thimons, assistant principal at Ford City Jr-Sr High School, who serves as
Armstrong School District’s coordinator for the event. In addition, Superintendent William Kerr and his wife, Debra, will
be in attendance.

The student program is held in conjunction with the 2008 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference. The student
leadership program provides students with a concrete understanding about how public education functions and how school
boards operate under the law. It encourages increased dialogue and involvement among students, local school board
members and administrators. It provides an opportunity for high school students to learn by looking at the challenges
facing public education and suggesting possible solutions.

Since its inception, the program has grown and evolved to a format that encourages students to discuss “hot topics” and
then to present their views to the school board members attending the conference during a simulated school board
meeting. Both students and teachers will participate in the discussions and as members of a mock school board. The
session is one of the most highly rated and attended each year.

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The topics to be discussed by students and teacher-chaperones during the 2008 program include bullying and diversity
issues, flexible scheduling, alternative assessments and graduation projects, cell phone usage, and drug and alcohol testing
for extracurricular activities.

A student advisory committee of teachers and students assists PSBA staff with the selection of discussion topics and with
planning the overall program.

In addition to presenting the simulated board meeting, students will also attend the School Leadership Banquet with
school directors and administrators from their home school districts, and participate in the closing session of the

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is a nonprofit statewide association of public school boards, pledged to the
highest ideals of local lay leadership for the public schools of the commonwealth. Founded in 1895, PSBA was the first
school boards association established in the United States.


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