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SMOB nominating convention: the final two

The final two candidates Vicky Kidder (left) and Nick Asante (right) pose after hearing their nomination for the SMOB general election. The pair are the final two who students will vote on for the position.

By Quinn Cook, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

On Feb. 12, delegates from schools around the county went to the annual nominating convention for the 43rd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) position. Held at Watkins Mill Elementary School, the convention decided the final two candidates in the SMOB race. The SMOB position allows a Montgomery County stud...

This year, the SMOB election comes to WCHS

WCHS President Jay Wood preparing to speak for his SMOB announcement video in the halls of WCHS.

By Andrew Chan, Sports Editor

January 30, 2020

The SMOB is the Student Member on the Board of Education in Montgomery County, and he or she has a vote on many crucial issues in the county. The last time Montgomery County has had a SMOB from WCHS was 30 years ago. However, this could soon change. Jay Wood, the current WCHS president, recently announ...

MCPS votes for new SMOB

Tinbite visits classes throughout WCHS to talk about policies he hopes to inplement if elected as the next SMOB.

By Sophie Liss, Senior Writer

May 17, 2019

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 attends a board meeting during his first term as SMOB this past year.

By Jake Certner, Senior Writer

May 2, 2016

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

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 two finalists for SMOB  were selected by the board at a recent convention.

By Nathan Deychman, Sports Editor

February 25, 2016

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

Junior Student Member of the Board Eric Guerci.

By Sarah O'Brien, Production Editor

February 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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