Rachel LRachel Lin, Howard High School senior

The New SMOB Looks Ahead

Rachel Lin, a Howard High School senior, is the 2015-2016 Student Member of the Board (SMOB). Rachel brings leadership experience from her elected positions as part of Howard High School’s Student Government Association. In her free time, Rachel enjoys volunteering, swimming and producing videos. After graduation Rachel plans on attending a four-year university. Here, Rachel shares what she’s looking forward to as this school year’s SMOB.

This summer I was sworn in as Howard County’s 28th Student Member of the Board (SMOB). It was a great honor to have my family, friends, past and present teachers, Howard High School’s administration, volunteering organizations and the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) at the ceremony to support me. Standing in front of Mr. Wayne Robey, clerk of court, to recite the swearing in speech, I was nervous that I would not narrate the oath correctly. I also was excited for this wonderful opportunity. After the oath, I walked to and sat in my chair as the new SMOB; this was my first Board meeting. Since then, I have attended one other Board meeting, so you could say that I am getting the hang of things!

The SMOB is a current junior or senior who attends the biweekly meetings of the Howard County Board of Education. As the SMOB, I provide a voice for all of the students on issues that come before the Board and its members. I also am responsible for communicating Board information and decisions back to the students. According to Howard County Public School System policy, the SMOB is granted partial voting rights, with the exception in matters related to budget and restricted policies.

This year, I hope to further improve communication between the student body and the Board of Education. I am planning on visiting middle and high schools across the county to discuss current issues and hear student opinions. I look forward to meeting students from the different schools to learn more about issues that are important to them. I also am excited about bringing the duties of SMOB online. With my videography background, I think it would be interesting to see the impact and ability of SMOB information to be spread through the creation of short videos. I am working with HCASC to create a SMOB section on the HCASC website where students can go to get updates and information. It’s a work in progress so be sure to check back for updates! In addition, I am eager to get the opportunity to work with and learn from Dr. Foose and the Board of Education.

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