STUDENT Spotlight
Grace Parcover, Student Council President (elementary)

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights Baltimore County Public Schools students involved in a wide range of activities and programs. Spotlighted students receive and answer a series of questions through which they share their experiences. In this Student Spotlight, Grace Parcover, a Grade 5 student at Riderwood Elementary School, discusses her involvement in student government. (To see more student spotlights, click here.) Student Spotlight

What is SCA?
SCA is the Student Council Association, which is the student government at Riderwood Elementary School.

How did you become the 2013-2014 president of Riderwood’s Student Council Association?
A lot of hard work – I gave a speech and made posters. My peers voted for me.

What do you do as president?
As president, I help out the other kids, especially the younger ones.

What have you accomplished so far as president?
So far, I have accomplished a successful Harvest for the Hungry and a successful Box Tops Drive.

What else do you hope to accomplish this year as president?
I want to raise enough money for the school to buy the window shades that the teachers have wanted.

How have your experiences, academic and otherwise, up to this point prepared you for this position?
I started a drink pouch brigade when I was in second grade (Terra Cycle) in which we collect recyclable items, such as juice pouches, that I send to a company, and they send, to a charity of our choice, the money raised from items made from the recycled items. This has helped me prepare to be in a leadership position.

What excites you most about serving as president?
Getting to help others and having a great feeling when they look up to me for help is the most exciting part about being president.

What challenges have you faced while serving as president? How did you overcome them?
Surprisingly none! Let’s hope it stays that way!

What are your interests, academic and otherwise?
I enjoy math and music. I also enjoy reading books, playing sports and being a part of Girl Scouts.

What are your hopes for this school year?
I want to accomplish straight A’s, and I am looking forward to going to OAKE in Atlanta this spring to sing in a national honors choir.

What advice do you have for younger student-leaders?
My advice to younger students is that, whenever you have a chance to shine, take that chance!

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