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Release Date: 4/12/2019
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Students select Pikesville High junior for student member of the Board of Education

Omer Reshid’s name to be forwarded to Gov. Larry Hogan for appointment

TOWSON – The votes have been counted! Student representatives from across the county have selected Omer Reshid, a junior at Pikesville High, to be the next student member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County.

Reshid was chosen after a half-day forum on April 11 involving 100 middle school and high school student leaders. The students gathered at Milford Mill Academy to hear speeches by, and ask questions of, the two finalists, and then to cast ballots for either Reshid or the other finalist for the post, Matthew Rubenstein, a Franklin High junior. Students asked the finalists a wide range of questions about why they sought the position, their plans and priorities, how they would communicate with students, how they would handle the pressures of the role, their ability to advocate for students, and their positions on issues such as mental health awareness, career-ready classes, supporting ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students, bullying/school climate, and use of devices.

Reshid’s name will now be forwarded to Gov. Larry Hogan for consideration and appointment to the one-year position.

The forum was hosted by Haleemat Adekoya, current student member of the Board and a Milford Mill Academy senior, and Ruben Amaya, president of Baltimore County Student Councils and a senior at Franklin High School. In addition to receiving greetings from Interim Superintendent Verletta White and Milford Mill Principal Kyria Joseph, the students enjoyed a performance by the school orchestra.

Adekoya described the event as “incredible." She said, “Omer and Matthew were superb, and that’s just to say the least. Thank you to our stellar system guests, parents, and most importantly our student leaders. The student voice must be preserved, period!"

Prior to 2016, student members had been chosen and recommended by a committee of BCPS educators, staff, and student leaders. The forum and student balloting were created to increase student participation, interest, and investment in the position of student member of the Board.

Reshid serves as president and co-founder of the Pikesville High School Environmental Club. He is a member of the National Honor Society and National Social Studies Honor Society as well as the school’s AVID and DECA programs, and he has been part of the school’s Math Olympiad, soccer, and Model UN teams. Outside of school, he volunteers with the Baltimore County Fire Department, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Helping Hands USA. He also has helped to co-found and serve as president of a group dedicated to HIV and AIDS awareness and support. (Reshid’s resume and bio are available online.)

In his essay for the application process, Reshid says moving from his native Ethiopia to Baltimore County as a high school sophomore opened his eyes to the many resources available to BCPS students that may not be available elsewhere. If chosen for the Board, he said, “I plan on utilizing the various skills I’ve gained through exposure of different backgrounds and experiences. Furthermore, I plan on using these interpersonal and communications skills to be a voice for all (students) and be accessible to the larger student body by visiting and interacting with students."

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