NYRA-Montgomery County’s “Petition of Voices” has begun circulation for the 03-04 school year. This petition, first started last year, calls upon all high schools in the Maryland county to create a student advocate position. This faculty member will defend students accused of violating school rules. In half-an-hour of petitioning the chapter collected 140 signatures outside of Springbrook high school. Plans are underway to spread this campaign to the rest of the county. NYRA-MC has been approved as an official NYRA chapter, check out its website at www.youthrights.org/mc/.