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    Student leader chosen for governor’s project

    Stony Brook Middle School student Maxwell McGinty will represent Westford in Governor Deval Patrick’s Project 351 initiative. Patrick in 2011 launched the project, named for the 351 cities and towns in the state, to inspire, challenge, and motivate the leaders of tomorrow to make a difference in their communities. The program strives to develop youth leadership skills, inspire the ethic of service, and unite young leaders of the Commonwealth. The program also allows young people to discuss issues they consider critical to themselves and their communities. Each year, one eighth grader is selected from each city and town to participate. McGinty was nominated by Peter Cohen and Steve Guditus, principal and assistant principal at Stony Brook, to represent both of Westford’s middle schools, which house about 1,200 students. They said McGinty was chosen because he best exemplifies the values of compassion, commitment, humility, kindness, and generosity of spirit that are sought for during the nomination and selection process. This year’s student ambassadors kicked off their year of service last Saturday.