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3 Finalists for 2020-2021 Student Member of the Board to Take Part in Debate

The three finalists for the 2020-2021 Student Member of the Board of Education will participate in a debate at 4 p.m. on April 23, 2020. The debate will be conducted virtually and will be broadcast live on AACPS-TV and Livestream.

The finalists are:

  • Conor Curran, Old Mill High School
  • Princess Merritt, Meade High School
  • Drake Smith, Meade High School

The Student Member on the Board of Education (SMOB) election is sponsored by CRASC. The student member is appointed by the Governor, serves a one-year term during his or her senior year of high school, and receives an $8,000 college scholarship.  Anne Arundel’s student member is the only one in the nation on a local Board of Education with full voting rights.

The election to determine the candidate whose name will be forwarded to the governor for appointment will take place later this month or early next month.

CRASC’s constitution and bylaws call for high schools and middle schools in the county to be allotted a predetermined number of delegates, based on each school’s enrollment, at the election. Delegates will represent student government, the arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities.

AACPS-TV can be found on Channel 96 on Comcast and Broadstripe, and Channel 36 on Verizon. High definition broadcasts can be seen on Channel 996 on Comcast, Channel 496 on Broadstripe, and Channel 1961 on Verizon.

The debate will also be broadcast live on AACPS’ Livestream channel.

Those who wish to submit questions for the debate can do so by going to and clicking on the link on the right side of the page.