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The College of Southern Marylandís Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Association (SA) officers are in full swing planning for activities, advocacy and programming. CSMís SGA officers are Thomas West of Loveville, Kayode Bello of Waldorf and Tia Dickerson of Lusby.

The Prince Frederick Campus SA is represented by Tia Dickerson, president; Amanda Higgs, vice president; Jessica Falcone, treasurer; Nathera Coates, secretary; and Connie Barrow, representative.

Representatives work as liaisons between the students and college administration, promote student involvement and plan extracurricular student activities such as the fall festival and spring fling. They also represent CSM students and their concerns to Southern Maryland delegates and state legislators during Student Advocacy Day held in Annapolis each February, according to a press release.

ďWhen our student representatives advocate for full funding of community colleges they are playing a vital role in keeping tuition affordable for their classmates. The compelling stories they tell our elected officials about overcoming hardships, perseverance and goal attainment is invaluable,Ē said CSM President Brad Gottfried in the release.

Students honored at banquet

CSM honored student leadership, involvement and commitment during its spring SGA awards banquet. The Presidentís Cup was awarded to Ricky L. Washington of Waldorf, the collegeís outstanding student leader based on a demonstrated ability to motivate and lead others, active involvement in the collegeís extracurricular programs and giving of time and talent to better the college community and beyond. The Vice Presidentís Cup was presented to Grace Ann Stewart of Hollywood, the student who most significantly contributed to the college community. This award is designed to recognize the important work done by students behind the scenes. The major criteria for this award are dedication, commitment and involvement.

Information on the SGA and SA is online at