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Ursuline teen to serve on state panel

July 18, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced last week that more than 300 students representing 52 Ohio counties have been named to his office's Teen Ambassador Board for the upcoming school year.

The participants represent more than 160 schools throughout the state.

Among that 300 is Ursuline High School senior Alex Stoneman from Boardman. He discovered the program after a friend applied to it.

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Ursuline High School senior Alex Stoneman of Boardman has been named to the Teen Ambassador Board under the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

"I have a friend in a different part of Ohio who applied for it," Stoneman said. "I have always been interested in government."

Stoneman had to get a recommendation from a school official and Ursuline Principal Matthew Sammartino provided him a letter of recommendation.

The mission of the Teen Ambassador Board is to provide Ohio's future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government. The board is open to high school juniors and seniors from public, private, home, charter, and online schools located in Ohio.

According to a press release on the program, board members advise the Attorney General's Office on issues relating to teens, and they work with their peers to develop solutions. They also attend presentations, hear from elected officials, interact with assistant attorneys general, and have the opportunity to participate in events around the state.

During the 2018 Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance and the 2017 Law Enforcement Conference, recent board members presented workshops on popular apps that teens use to help attendees understand the apps, potential dangers, and available security measures.

"We created this board to give Ohio high school students an opportunity to learn about law and government and to hear their ideas," Attorney General DeWine said. "We look forward to working with this group of students."

The first meeting of the new 2018 group will be in August. Stoneman will join the rest of the 300 teens and will begin his own, year-long journey that will end in the summer of 2019.

Stoneman is looking at a career in engineering, perhaps chemical or biological. While he looks at this opportunity to help his future career decisions, he said it would also be a help right now. He is a member of the Ursuline Speech and Debate Team, competing in Congressional Debate.

"I think this experience will help me with debate and my speech and debate will help me in this program," he said.

Stoneman said his participation also runs a little deeper than just what he can get from taking part.

"I would like to help my community more and this is a great opportunity to give back," he said. "There is a big gap between government and youth, and I would like to fill that gap."



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