Five high school students are running for the student position on the Prince George's County Board of Education for the 1981-82 school year.
Eligio David Betancourt Jr., Rita Chambers, Linda Folsom, Melanie Goldsmith and John Willis will be campaigning at secondary schools throughout the county in preparation for the convention-style balloting, set for 9 a.m. May 2 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. Delegates from each public junior high, senior high and middle school in the county will choose the winner.
Betancourt, president of the junior class at Central Senior High in Seat Pleasant, is making his second bid for the student seat. A member of the Prince George's Regional Association of Student Governments, he is active in his school orchestra as well as football and track.
Chambers, a junior at Surrattsville Senior High in Clinton, is in her school's Gifted and Talented program and a member of its symphonic and marching bands. She will attend the Girls State leadership convention in Annapolis in June.
Folsom is president of the junior class at Largo Senior High. In addition to school activities, she studies ballet and is a volunteer worker at Prince George's General Hospital.
Goldsmith is an honors student and a treasurer of her sophomore class at Suitland Senior High. She was a voting delegate to the recent convention of the Maryland Association of Student Councils in Annapolis.
Willis, a junior at Gwynn Park Senior High in Brandywine, is an assistant scoutmaster and is active in his school's Outdoors Club.
The current student representative on the board, Reginald Moore of Gwynn Park Senior High, is the fourth to hold the position since it was established by the General Assembly in 1977.