Bio: Advika is a senior in Montgomery County who is very excited about her second year as Special Issues Director! She has been involved in student government since 3rd grade and finds her passion in service. After working in her regional student council as a task force coordinator and special issues department director, she is motivated by the capability of every student to start long-lasting conversations about change and hopes to guide others in doing so this year. Advika is especially excited by environmental action, having convinced the Montgomery County Board of Education to equitably install sustainable hydration stations in every county public school, and co-founded the student organization, Compostology, which has built a local movement for food waste rescue/diversion programs at schools. Outside of advocacy, Advika loves Hindustani and Western Classical styles of singing. She also enjoys poetry, learning about art, and playing as many board games as possible with her family!
Bio: Grace Minakowski is a junior at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County. She active in SGA at the state, regional, and school level, serving previously as the CASC President and MASC Division 5 Liaison. Grace is also an appointed second-year member of the Maryland Youth Advisory Council where she advocates for youth policy and state legislation. Outside the student leadership realm, Grace is an active distance runner, head of choreography & performer for her school’s theatre department, and Treasurer of the HHS Tri-Honors Music Society. She loves coding, singing, reading, and dancing hard to Dua Lipa.
Bio: Eman Zia (she/her) is a senior at South River High School in Anne Arundel County (CRASC). While enrolled in the Green Technologies pathway in her school’s STEM magnet program, she was able to find her passion for environmental issues–in particular, for the problems that affected her local communities. She understands that the youth are powerful in their ability to enact change–and will be pivotal in shifting our future to a more sustainable one. Throughout her second year as MASC Environmental Affairs Coordinator, she aspires to connect and support existing environmental groups in Maryland, and work to inform students about the environmental issues impacting them–so that they are able to take the necessary actions to improving them, one small step at a time.
Bio: Madison Watts (she/her) is a junior at Rockville High School in Montgomery County. Her student advocacy journey began at the beginning of 9th grade, and has been a significant highlight of her educational career ever since! She is passionate about student representation, equity, leadership, and educational policy. This will be Madison’s first year on the MASC Executive Board and she is thrilled to strengthen and elaborate upon environmental sustainability in the state of Maryland. She additionally serves as an Executive Board member of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association (MCR-SGA). Madison looks forward to working with students across the state in furtherance of a greener Maryland! In her free time, Madison enjoys watching horror movies, listening to her favorite artists, and taking nature walks.
Bio: Andrew Lieux is a junior at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County. In MASC, he is serving his second term as the Mental Health Affairs Coordinator, championing youth efforts for mental health advancements around Maryland. He furthers his advocacy principally with mental health through a range of coalitions, serving as the DC, Maryland, and Virginia Students for Mental Health Reform (DMVSFMHR) President, and as the recruiting intern for an international youth-based organization, Digital4Good + #ICANHELP, as he commits to recruiting volunteers, mentors, and digital “first responders” internationally, to celebrate youth innovation and strive for digital wellbeing. On a smaller scale of leadership, Andrew serves as the Calvert Association of Student Councils (CASC) Vice-President, serving his third year in elected office within the organization. Beyond the walls of governmental advocacy, Andrew employs himself within his passion projects, with his Things I Wish I Said Essays page where he showcases his passion for writing, as well as his graphic design skills with a wellness page on Instagram! (@wellnesswithandrew). Outside of this, Andrew loves music (he loves any genre, mostly R&B and jazz!), athletics (especially soccer), hanging out with friends and family, and going on long drives. This year, Andrew hopes to expand his statewide efforts making them more widespread to ensure that no one is left behind in their battle with mental health. He can’t wait to inspire others to be a part of the solution and veer away from societal mental health stigmatization, as well as provide more resources and support for more people statewide.
Bio: Emily is a junior at Dulaney High School in Baltimore County. She has been involved in student councils since 1st grade and continues to be active at the state, regional, and school level; Emily serves as the BCSC mental health coordinator, and as DHS’s class liaison on both the student government and class council executive boards. Beyond student council, Emily is involved in many school organizations, including as the Vice President of Not On Our Watch (NOOW (mental health awareness club)); as a member of various honor societies and the French Club; and as a manager of women’s soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Outside of school, Emily serves as a digital media specialist for #ICANHELP + Digital4Good — a student led nonprofit focused on digital safety. She is very focused on service in her community, and how she can help to advocate for the betterment of overall wellness in people. Additionally, she loves to read fun books, bake chocolate chip cookies, clean while listening to her favorite playlist, and spend quality time with her friends and family.
Bio: Claire Cabral (she/her) is a senior at Hereford High School in Baltimore County. An active member of student council since sixth grade, she has served as a School Safety Liaison for MASC for the past three years, and is excited to continue her work in school safety this year. Inspired by her work at the state level, Claire continues to improve school safety at the national level, as a Co-Founder and Director of Outreach of SafeSchools USA, a nonprofit dedicated to amplifying the student voice and bridging gaps between stakeholders. Outside of MASC, Claire is the President of the Baltimore County Student Councils and President of her schools’ student council. Additionally, she is passionate about legislation and policy, serving as a two-time intern in the Maryland General Assembly. In her free time, Claire enjoys reading, debating theories, traveling with her family and friends, and researching as much as she possibly can!
Bio: Zaria, a 10th grader at Winston Churchill High School in Montgomery County, has been an active student leader since 6th grade. Currently, she serves as the president of her high school, community engagement chief of staff for the Montgomery County Regional SGA, and policy director for the SMOB Advisory Cabinet. Additionally, Zaria is excited to continue her role in MASC’s special issues department for a second year. In her free time, Zaria enjoys coding and spending time with her friends. She has a particular interest in school safety issues, focusing on topics such as bullying, mental health, gun violence, and the opioid crisis.
Bio: Sydney is a Junior at College Park Academy in Prince Georges County. She has been apart of Student Government since the 4th grade and she has a big interest in helping others in any way she can. She has been apart of the National Honor Society (NHS), Student Voice Ambassadors program, and is becoming a more active member in her Regional Student Government. Aside from Student Leadership, Sydney is an artistic person who enjoys painting, drawing, and writing while listening to music. She loves R&B and Pop music, her favorite artists being David Kushner, Bruno Major, and Frank Ocean.
Bio: Nyakallo is a freshman at North Point High School and is very excited for her first year with MASC as one of their service coordinators! She has moved around the nation all her life, and has lived in Maryland since 2022. She loves community service, and is determined to help her region and state with different ways of giving back. She’s involved with her school’s National Honor Society (NHS) and has participated in Destination Imagination (DI). Nya is a social butterfly, with a passion for the arts. She loves Marvel comics and movies, and loves singing along to her favorite bands Fall Out Boy and The Beatles.
Bio: Daphne Wang (she/her) is a junior participating in the International Baccalaureate program at North Hagerstown High School in Washington County. She serves as the vice president of her class and as the Public Relations Coordinator of her school’s student council. At the county level, she serves on the Board of Student Leaders for the Washington County Association of Student Councils. Aside from student council, Daphne is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, some of which include Key Club, Academic Quiz Team, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society where she serves on the executive board. Music is an integral component of her life as well, as she plays the violin and the piano. In her free time, she likes to read, spend time with friends and family, and consume too much media. As her first year on the executive board of MASC, Daphne is tremendously excited for this opportunity to learn and galvanize student leaders in their journeys of civic engagement and advocacy!
Bio: Brenton Meade (he/him/his) is a senior at Broadneck High School in Anne Arundel County and a piano major in the Apex Arts Magnet Program. Brenton began his journey in student leadership in the 6th grade as an appointed staff member in the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC) and went on to serve as Middle School Coordinator, Parliamentarian, and other appointed roles. He is currently serving his second term as President of CRASC where he strives to increase connection between CRASC and school clubs. He is a founding member of Let’s Talk Justice where he serves as secretary. Brenton is a member of National Honor Society and has served on his school system’s Mental Health Task Force and novel review committee. He hopes to use his new role in MASC to diversify MASC’s stances on legislation and provide more forums for debate on these stances. In his free time, Brenton enjoys composing music, reading, and playing card games.
Bio: Mara Babb is a junior at Crofton High School in Anne Arundel County (CRASC). She is an avid student leader, through her involvement as Vice President of Crofton High Student Government Association, Secretary of Legislation of CRASC, and an MASC State Legislative Affairs Coordinator. In her free time she is involved in Crofton High’s Theater Department and the Varsity Swim Team. She is also the president and founder of her school’s Badminton Club. As a State Legislative Affairs Coordinator, Mara aims to embolden the advocacy of MASC and increase the impact of their efforts through involving more students in the legislative process and collaboration between departments.