St. Mary’s County Association of Student Councils held elections for the Student Member of the Board of Education of St. Mary’s County (the Board) position on April 16, 2013, at the General Assembly.  Peter Widmayer from Chopticon High School was elected to this position and will replace the current Student Member of the Board, Miss Shannon Demehri from Leonardtown High School.

Peter is an 11th grade student at Chopticon High School and an active member of his school’s student council, the Future Leaders of the World Mentoring Program, and Skills USA at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center.  He also participates and volunteers with several community organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, to promote the importance of active citizenship

When Peter assumes this leadership position, his focus will center on taking an active role against bullying.  This will include finding creative ways to address bullying and taking action against this important social problem.  In addition, Peter wants to make bullying prevention a movement that touches students and their school communities.  This initiative demonstrates Peter’s commitment to engage and empower students with options to address bullying situations and change school culture.

Peter will become an official member of the Board and provide an informed student viewpoint to the Board of Education.  While serving as the Student Member of the Board, Peter will be sharing information with students and the general public on an array of educational concerns.  This student leadership position also includes being an active participant at student-related and school-related activities. 

For more information, contact Mr. Kevin T. Wright, Supervisor of Instruction for Social Studies, by telephone at 301-475-5511, ext. 128, or by e-mail at