Poolesville High School Junior Elected Next Student Member of the Board

April 24, 2013
Justin C. Kim, a junior at Poolesville High School, has been selected by his peers as the next Student Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education (SMOB). His term begins on July 1.

All secondary school students were eligible to vote in the SMOB election and more than 85 percent cast ballots. Mr. Kim received 65 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Andrew Zhang, a junior at Richard Montgomery High School, received 34 percent.

Mr. Kim has been active in student government at the school, district, and statewide level. He currently serves as an executive board member for the Maryland Youth Advisory Council, deputy chief of staff for the Montgomery County Region of the Maryland Association of Student Councils, and the student government association vice president at Poolesville High School. He previously served as Poolesville High’s class president during his freshman and sophomore years.

The SMOB is a voting member of the Board of Education, and can cast votes on all items, with the exception of boundary changes, the capital and operating budgets, collective bargaining, negative personnel matters, and school closings. The SMOB receives a $5,000 college scholarship, student service learning hours, and one honors-level social studies credit.

Mr. Kim will succeed the current SMOB, John Mannes, a senior at Northwest High School.

For more information on the SMOB, visit the Student Member of the Board website.

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