Shoemaker named Junior Council Person
Miss Chaddea Shoemaker, a junior at Meyersdale Area High School, has been selected to serve as a Junior Meyersdale Borough Council person for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Meyersdale Borough Council and Mayor welcomed Chaddea to their ranks at their October 13 meeting.
Chaddea is the daughter of Jennifer Shoemaker and DeRico Foster. At MAHS, she enrolled in the college preparatory courses and is also enrolled in classe through Allegany College of Maryland. Following high school, Chaddea plans to attend college and pursue a career in the medical field.
She knew when she heard the announcement about the program this year, that she wanted to be a part of bettering her community and sharing her perspective with community leaders.
“My mom and I were actually walking past the community center and were talking about how people become a part of the council. I said that it would be really neat to help make decisions to help better the town, be more active in the community, and get a point of view from a younger person. Then the next day I saw it in the bulletin,” she explained.
Wesleyville Borough, Erie County established the first JCP Program in 1999. The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs has adopted this model which has been widely implemented by boroughs throughout the Commonwealth, including Meyersdale. Meyersdale Borough Council instituted this program in 2008 under the guidance of the late Franklin “Bud” Edmunds. Edmunds served his community with great pride for many years as a Council member and President.
Meyersdale Mayor Michael D. Brant said he is proud to help keep the Junior Council Person program going in Edmunds’ memory.
“This is an important program and I am proud to welcome Chaddea as a Junior Council Person. She is a bright young lady and has a clear desire to help her community and I believe she will be a great benefit to our Council and community and provide an important link to our school district,” Brant added.