MCPS Will Hold SMOB Nominating Convention

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will hold an annual SMOB (Student Member of the Board) nominating convention on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Watkins Mill High School. During this convention, two finalists from a list of 13 candidates will be elected by delegates to compete head-to-head for this position.

MCPS announced the list of candidates on Feb. 3. On the list, there are students from 12 of the 26 high schools in Montgomery County.

The candidates are:

  • Andery Endessa, junior, Wheaton High
  • Joseph Hartlove, junior, Sherwood High
  • Jax Kobey, junior, Wooton High
  • Shayma Murrar, sophomore, Quince Orchard High
  • Faith Nah, junior, Poolesville High
  • Olivia Rayford, junior, Paint Branch High
  • Henry Rivera, junior, Rockville High
  • Samantha Ross, sophomore, Montgomery Blair High
  • Sami Saeed, sophomore, Richard Montgomery High
  • Praneel Suvarna, sophomore, Clarksburg High
  • Shimma Wexler, sophomore, Poolesville High
  • Yoseph Zerihun, sophomore, Springbrook High

The two finalists selected from the list will move forward through the next phases of the election process, where the winner will become the 46th SMOB. This student will replace the current 2022 SMOB, Arvin Kim, from Walt Whitman High School.

The convention may be an in-person event or virtually held through Zoom. All updates, announcements, and election schedules can be found on the MCPS website here.


(Photo courtesy of MCPS)




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