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MCPS votes for new SMOB

MCPS votes for new SMOB

By Sophie Liss, Senior Writer

May 17, 2019


Filed under Local, Observations

Junior Nate Tinbite of Kennedy High School was elected to be the 42nd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) April 24. The SMOB provides a connection between MCPS students and the Montgomery County Board of Education by representing students’ issues at board meetings. Sophomores and juniors are eligi...

Eric Guerci Re-elected as SMOB

Eric Guerci Re-elected as SMOB

By Jake Certner, Senior Writer

May 2, 2016


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Eric Guerci of B-CC was re-elected as the MCPS Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) April 27. Every student attending a secondary school in MCPS was eligible to vote and 84.1 percent of them cast ballots. Guerci won a tight race over Alexander Abrosimov of Richard Montgomery 54 percent...

Bill Expands SMOB Power

By Rebecca Jackson, Circulation Manager

March 22, 2016


Filed under Uncategorized

The Maryland House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 87, which will significantly expand the voting rights of the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) for Montgomery County. If passed in the Maryland Senate, this bill will be enacted July 1, increasing the SMOB’s voice and effectiveness in...

The SMOB candidates have been decided for the 2016 election

The  SMOB candidates have been decided for the 2016 election

By Nathan Deychman, Sports Editor

February 25, 2016


Filed under Top Stories

The final two candidates for the 2016 Student Member of the Board (SMOB) election were selected Feb. 22 at the annual Nomination Convention. The convention hosts student delegates from all middle and high schools in Montgomery County. The candidates give speeches and answer questions before the final...

CHS Observer Finds out what it is like to be SMOB

CHS Observer Finds out what it is like to be SMOB

By Sarah O'Brien, Production Editor

February 23, 2016


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives

With elections for the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) approaching in the spring, many students are wondering what the jobs of SMOB are. The Observer interviewed current SMOB Eric Guerci to find out what it’s like to be SMOB. Guerci has been focusing on making sure the students know and understand...

New SMOB needs to make role relevant

New SMOB needs to make role relevant

April 29, 2015


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

With the way SMOB works right now, we see the candidates everywhere we look in the month before the election. We watch the “Meet the Candidates” video in a darkened classroom and try to ignore the sleeping student next to us, then vote for the student we think wore the better outfit. And then we...

The ‘Observer’ sits down with SMOB Dahlia Huh

The ‘Observer’ sits down with SMOB Dahlia Huh

By Alissa Li, Observations Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Features

Every spring, a student is elected to represent his or her peers on the MCPS Board of Education. This past spring, students voted and made Dahlia Huh the next Student Member of the Board, or SMOB. Though students may be familiar with her name and policies, most only know her on the surface, so The...

SMOB Advisory Council

SMOB Advisory Council

By Alissa Li, Observations Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Observations, Uncategorized

Amongst the diverse group of students SMOB Dahlia Huh gathered from all over MCPS to be a part of her SMOB Council are many CHS students. The SMOB Council comprises of more than 55 students ranging from elementary to high school who work together to achieve the SMOB's agenda for the year. Freshmen...

Observer Sits Down With New SMOB Dahlia Huh

Observer Sits Down With New SMOB Dahlia Huh

By Catherine Goohs, Senior Writer

May 13, 2014


Filed under Online Exclusives

Following her recent win for MCPS Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB), the Observer sat down with Clarksburg High School junior, Dahlia Huh. What inspired you to run for SMOB? I got involved in student government in 7th grade and I took part in an election process. It was very eye ...

Northwest junior John Mannes elected as SMOB

Northwest junior John Mannes elected as SMOB

By Nicole Malament, Observations Editor

May 30, 2012


Filed under Observations

Congratulations to junior John Mannes of Northwest High School for being elected as the 35th student member of the Board of Education April 25. John won the election with 62.8 percent of votes out of 64,677 student voters. Q. What made you want to run for SMOB? A. I began working in school SGA aroun...

Zeitlin plans political internship after SMOB loss

By Allison Srour Features Editor and Allison Srour Features Editor

May 13, 2011


Filed under Observations

Congratulations to junior Hal Zeitlin for making it to the final round of the 2011 MCPS Student Member of the Board (SMOB) election. Zeitlin had to get through several rounds of debates, speeches and primary elections before he could become one of the final two SMOB candidates. “I made all the...

SMOB elections at CHS

By Sushen Thiyagarajan Online Breaking News Editor

March 2, 2011


Filed under Observations

CHS held the Student Member of Board (SMOB) election Feb. 10 to finalize the top two candidates for this Board of Education position. The four candidates were current SMOB Alan Xie and Lara Haft of Richard Montgomery, Malcolm Jenkins of Blake, and CHS’s Hal Zeitlin. After three hours of debates and...

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