MLMS student is selected as a student ambassador

Rip Cornish

BALTIMORE — Rip Cornish, an 8th grader at Mace’s Lane Middle School, was chosen by the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) to represent his district of Dorchester County in the nonprofit organization’s new Student Ambassador Program.

The Cambridge resident is one of several students selected who demonstrates a desire to improve his school and community by making his voice heard in discussions related to education policy.

“I’ve learned through my school’s Gentleman’s Club, which helps turn boys into men, the importance of developing and using leadership skills to help yourself and others around you succeed,” says Cornish. “I’m proud to represent my district and I’m looking forward to helping develop relations between young people and the community.”

In addition to his membership in the after-school Gentleman’s Club, Cornish currently holds a 3.5 GPA. He also participates in the Next Generation Scholars program, which provides personal attention, guidance and education about opportunities that can help shape the future for students. After high school, Cornish wants to attend Virginia Tech to study business or law.

“We are so pleased to have Rip as a member of our 2018–2019 inaugural class,” says Nona Carroll, chief strategy officer for MBRT. “He is ambitious and has demonstrated a curiosity and enthusiasm for gaining critical skills to make a difference. Rip’s insights will certainly benefit others.”

MBRT’s Student Ambassador program provides students with the opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills that will help them succeed throughout their academic journey and in the professional world. Ambassadors gain confidence in their skills to lead and communicate effectively as well as how to interact with professionals and manage their time.

As Cornish and the rest of the Student Ambassadors step into leadership roles, they will provide feedback on MBRT programming and resources as well as communicate their views on issues such as state education policy. Student insight will help inform MBRT’s development of and involvement in innovative ways to ensure every student has a future and every business is a success.

Learn more about MBRT’s Student Ambassador program at

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