Josie Shaffer - STUDENT BOARD MEMBER

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April 17, 2018

Good evening!

The latest episode of my BCPS TV show, On the Move with Josie, is out now! We visited Towson High School's Knit for the Needy Club, where club members spoke about the community they cultivate through the club, student leadership, and how they donate everything they make to a homeless shelter downtown.

Today, we filmed our next episode with the robotics club at Lyons Mill Elementary School, and that episode will be out soon! I loved hanging out with the incredibly talented elementary students, and enjoyed my time filming at our first elementary school club! If you would like your schools club to be featured in a future episode, please email me at jeshaffer@bcps.org.

On April 6th, BCSC President Jake Turner and I hosted the third annual Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Forum. About 100 students from across the county came to Pikesville High School to hear from two great candidates. Yara Daraiseh, a junior from Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, and Haleemat Adekoya, a junior from Milford Mill Academy, presented why they should be the next student board member. Then, students were able to engage with the candidates in a 50-minute question and answer session.

I am so proud of not only the candidates, but the students who attended the forum for asking great questions to make sure they chose the best person to represent not only them, but the 113,000 students in the school system. 

I am very excited to introduce you to the next student member of the board, Haleemat Adekoya! Haleemat is the Class of 2019 president at Milford Mill, and a member of her school's National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She also created Dare2Bee, a female empowerment organization. I cannot wait to see what Haleemat does as SMOB, and I will be rooting for her while I'm in college!

Finally, on Friday, BCSC will have their last General Assembly (GA) of the year where they will be holding elections for the 2018-2019 President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Public Relations Director. Currently in Building A, BCSC is hosting a Campaign Boot Camp, where students who are planning to run for student government positions at the school or county levels are learning how to make effective posters, write a winning speech, and bounce ideas off of other candidates. It is great to see students so involved in running a student government campaign. At the GA last year, candidates had stickers, huge posters, and even taglines for their campaigns.

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