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For Immediate Release CONTACT:

Angelita Plemmer angelita.plemmer@mdcourts.gov
Terri Bolling terri.bolling@mdcourts.gov
(410) 260-1488


Media Advisory:
Maryland Judiciary Hosts Youths from DJS Facilities for Essay Contest

(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Nov. 3, 2011) On Thursday, Nov. 10, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals will host the 17th Annual Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) and Maryland State Department of Education Oratorical Contest. The media is invited to attend.

Youth from different DJS facilities will come to the state’s highest court to deliver speeches they have prepared before a courtroom that is typically crowded with families, supporters and officials. These students have won oratorical competitions held in each of Maryland’s DJS facilities. Their three- to five-minute essays are based on one of three quotes chosen to honor Veterans Day:

--“The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” --General George S. Patton

--“There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” --General Colin Powell

--“We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the light of every passing ship.” --General Omar N. Bradley

The media is invited to attend. Please contact the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, (410) 260-1488, for more information. See the notice from the DJS below regarding privacy.

WHAT:

17th Annual Department of Juvenile Services and Maryland State Department of Education Oratorical Contest

   
WHEN:

Thursday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-noon

   
WHERE:

Maryland Court of Appeals, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis.

   
WHO:

Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals hosts students from Maryland’s DJS facilities

   
MEDIA CONTACT:

Maryland Judiciary Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488. The media is invited to attend.

A Notice from the Department of Juvenile Services:
PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY:
Maryland law and policies require that the Department of Juvenile Services maintain the privacy and confidentiality of those youth referred to the Department, including those committed to their care and subsequently placed at private facilities. This requirement cannot be waived by the Department without an explicit order from the courts or a written, signed consent of a youth and the youth’s parents.

Without waivers or consents, the media is requested to observe the following restrictions with regard to any youth:

Youths may be interviewed but may not be identified by either:
            1) Identifiable descriptions of the youth, his/her address, or his/her offense; or
            2) Photographing or filming which might reveal the identity of the youth.

For clarification of these requirements, please contact the DJS Public Information Officer at: 410-230-3348.

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