Education Article §2‑202 of the Maryland General Assembly Statute authorizes the appointment by the Governor of a student member of the Maryland State Board of Education. Approved in 1985 and amended in 2007, this legislation specifies that the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) shall have the opportunity to nominate two students for the Governor’s consideration. One of these nominees will be appointed by the Governor to serve a one‑year term as the Student Member of the Maryland State Board of Education.
The responsibilities of this position are extensive, so students should read, research, talk to the current and former state SMOBs, and consider carefully.
Each public high school in Maryland is invited to nominate one student for this position. The student nominee must be regularly enrolled in a public high school, in good standing, and a junior or senior as of July 1, 2022.
Please carefully read the packet, observing the different deadlines and parts of the application. There are no exceptions to deadlines as this is the selection of a public official.
Timeline of Deadlines:
- November 15, 2021,School nomination forms uploaded (5:00 p.m.)
- December 6, 2021,Completed application packets must be uploaded (5:00 p.m.)
- December 6, 2021,Required recommendations completed (5:00 p.m.)
- December 27, 2021, Nominees contacted about interviews
- January 8, 2022, Virtual Interviews for selected nominees
- January 13, 2022,Finalists – Personal statement and preliminary introductory speech deadline (5:00 p.m.
- February 12, 2022, Up to Five Finalists present at the MASC Legislative Session (snow date February 19, 2022)
Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC) is the representative organization of all students enrolled in the secondary schools of AACPS, created to develop leadership skills, promote good sportsmanship, and to initiate improvements and activities for the general good of AACPS students.
State law recognizes the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC) as the governing body that annually selects the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB). In addition to that important function, CRASC provides the student perspective at Board of Education meetings and other venues. In addition to CRASC, there are many other opportunities for student leadership in Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) including, but not limited to, the Superintendent’s Teen Advisory, SMOB, and school-based student government associations.
If you're a middle or high school student in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and this seems to be of interest to you, please join us at one of our meetings!