The Board of Education on June 13 officially met its new student representative for the coming school year, St. Charles High School senior Drew Carter. Carter was sworn in as the Student Member of the Board of Education by Chairman Michael Lukas at the start of the meeting.

To become familiar with his role on the Board, Carter shadowed former Student Member Da’Juon Washington during the Board’s May meeting. But today, Carter was ready to jump in to his new role.

“I am extremely grateful to follow in the footsteps of previous student leaders and I look forward to making many strides this year. Since my election on April 28, I was fortunate enough to shadow Da’Juon Washington. I was able to grasp the ropes of things and I was able to get my first hands-on experience as the Student Board Member,” Carter said.

Joining Carter at the county leadership level are several student liaisons from the county’s seven high schools. Each high school is required to have a liaison, who is chosen by methods approved by each school’s student government association (SGA) and principal. Carter will work with the student liaison committee throughout the school year.

Liaisons for the 2017-18 school year are

• Kaitlyn Willett, senior, Henry E. Lackey High School;
• Shaun Burroughs, senior, La Plata High School;
• Joyah Magee, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School;
• Jordyn Best, senior, North Point High School;
• Jonathon Moss, senior, St. Charles High School;
• Elizabeth Braziel, senior, Thomas Stone High School; and
• Thomas Rahill, senior, Westlake High School.
Carter was named the new Student Board Member earlier this school year following a vote among students on the Charles County Association of Student Councils (CCASC). Willett from Lackey will serve as the alternate Student Member to the Board.

Students interested in consideration for the position are required to submit an essay regarding a student concern and possible solutions. A committee of school system staff reviews the essays. The top three students in the running for the position give a speech at the annual spring CCASC meeting, and participate in a question and answer session with student delegates. Student delegates from all middle and high schools vote to elect the Student Member to the Board, as well as officers to represent the CCASC the following school year.