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Friday, 15 June 2007

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Edwina A. Ward has politics in her blood.

After watching her mother’s aunt preside as first female chief justice of  the Bahamas, she was inspired to win her own election.

She ran for student government president at Piper High School in Sunrise, and won.

After graduating from Piper, she enrolled at Broward Community College, winning election as president of the Student Government Association on the school’s North Campus in Coconut Creek.
Now, she has been selected as a college intern in U.S. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings’ office, where she will work with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C.

“I am so pleased to have Edwina interning in my Washington office this summer,’’ Hastings told the Broward Times. “Indeed, she is an emerging leader from the 23rd district and it is great to have her contributing to the great work that we are doing every day.’’

Ward, 21, of Lauderhill, was also recently elected to statewide office. She will serve as district 1 coordinator for the Florida Junior Community College Student Government Association.
She will represent the community colleges in the counties of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.

Her one-year term of office begins in July.

“I am so happy that I won,” she said. “I became interested in politics after taking a good look at my family demographics. I am surrounded with the most vibrant and highly respected public servants.’’
Hastings also weighed in on Ward’s statewide position.

“Edwina’s recent experience as Student Government President of Broward community college (North Campus) and her new role as Student Government Association Coordinator-President for all of the community colleges in South Florida confirm her critical leadership role in our community and state,’’ Hastings said. “I have no doubt that Edwina will take advantage of the vast opportunities before her this summer and am confident she will continue to bring about positive change through enriching the lives of those around her.”

Ward’s responsibilities as the district coordinator will be to preside over and to call all meetings set by the executive board of the district, to attend all state meetings, and to inform all member schools about activities and projects.

“One of the things I do hope to accomplish is to get schools that are not involved to participate,” Ward said, adding that she plans to do this “by getting good communications out and talking to the different student life coordinators.”

The congressional intern program offers college undergraduates from across the nation an opportunity to learn about the legislative process, leadership, and team development.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation provides interns with housing and a stipend to cover related expenses. The program runs from late May until early August, one of the busiest legislative cycles in Congress.

“I am thrilled,” said Mareta Sizemore, director of student life and development on BCC’s North Campus. “She has really pumped new life into the student government organization at North Campus. She has the most diverse group of members and that is what I am most pleased with. She is a kind student and wants each student to love BCC as much as she does.  Her spirit is quite contagious.”

Broward Times writer Daniella Dorcelus contributed to this report.

Pictured above, right, Edwina A. Ward and, left, Alcee Hastings. 

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