McDaniel students shine in Maryland Student Legislature

April 18, 2011

Thomas Nelson, a McDaniel junior French and Political Science major from Reading, Mass., was elected to serve as the student governor for 2011-2012 at the 22nd annual session of the Maryland Student Legislature (MSL). The session was held April 15-17 at the Historic Maryland State House in Annapolis.

Throughout the academic year, students participate in legislative sessions culminating with the annual session. The student governor is the chief executive of the programmatic arm of the organization.  As chief executive the governor has the power to sign or veto legislation, appoint state government members and represents MSL's students on the MSL Board of Directors and to members of Maryland's political community. The other officers for 2011-2012 are:

  • Lt. Governor: Pamela Schrenk, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Attorney General: Jamie Shopland, Hood College
  • Secretary of State: Gary McKenna of Dix, Hills, N.Y., McDaniel College
  • Speaker of the Assembly: Andy Jannett, Hood College
  • Comptroller: Brooke Parker, University of Maryland, College Park

McDaniel senior Stefanie Quintero (above), a Political Science and International Relations major and resident of Mitchellville, Md., is outgoing student comptroller and the winner of the William Troy Simmons Award. Named for the founder of MSL, the award recognizes the outgoing senior who has most distinguished themselves in their career of service to the Maryland Student Legislature.

Senior Patrick Johnson, a Political Science and International Studies major from Walkersville, Md., was named Most Outstanding Senator. MSL's 2012 Annual Session will be held from April 27-29 at the State House in Annapolis.

The Maryland Student Legislature (MSL) 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 including developing skills in parliamentary procedure, researching and drafting legislation, and understanding the organizational structure of leadership.