Samantha Warfel is a junior in high school in Baltimore, County Maryland. She has extensive skills in student leadership and advocacy. A passionate advocate for women’s issues, self-proclaimed politics enthusiast, and shameless watcher of reality television, she can always be found striking up a conversation with someone new about her passions—and, of course, the latest celebrity buzz, too! Samantha is also the current President of the Baltimore County Student Councils president and Maryland Association of Student Councils Communications Director. In her free time, she serves as an unpaid intern for the Women’s Housing Coalition of Baltimore City, a member of “Empolitics”–an international women’s politics and empowerment group– and, serves as a youth member of a progressive campaign for Maryland’s 10th Congressional District to take place in 2022. Having co-authored student-sponsored bills regarding organization processes, social justice issues, and passing legislation regarding student board member voting rights in the Maryland General Assembly—she is also a lover of all things policy!
Bio: Maya Santhanam is a junior at Centennial High School in Howard County. With a passion for advocacy and youth action, she is excited to join the MASC Executive Board and share her ideas and insights. She has been able to exercise her passion for student advocacy as a member of her school SGA and school ambassador, and as a general and staff member at the regional level. Maya is also co-president of her school’s chapter of the American Cancer Society, loves everything about Model UN, and also enjoys playing field hockey. Outside of school, Maya enjoys being an ambassador for the Howard County Climate Change Institute, where she is able to combine her passions for the environment and advocacy with her academic interests in policy and government. She also loves outdoor activities, loves listening to music, and is a huge foodie. She is so excited to take on state-level advocacy this year, handling MASC correspondence and behind-the-scenes logistics as Communications Secretary!
Bio: Cooper is a freshman at Urbana High School. He’s been active in student government since 6th grade, and active in MASC since 7th grade. He plays the tuba in marching band, and in his free time he enjoys reading and talking to friends.
Bio: Norah is also involved in regional advocacy and she believes it is really important for all student’s voices to be heard and considered in decision-making. She loves the arts and music and is constantly playing on her piano, guitar or ukulele. She is also super obsessed with her cat, Joba. If asked about Joba, she could easily talk for hours.
Bio: Elani started getting into advocacy around 7th grade, when she joined the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at her school. Through that, she was able to obtain experience and opportunities, eventually leading her to find MASC. Aside from her advocacy work, she enjoys painting, reading, baking, and playing with her two cats, Tigger and Coconut. Elani is excited to work with MASC this year and in the future!
Bio: Lindsey Hutchison is a freshman at Eleanor Roosevelt, in Prince Georges County. Her interest in student advocacy began in 7th grade when she got elected as Dora Kennedy French Immersion Student Council Vice President. She got elected as President the following year, which ultimately led to her discovery of MASC. Her thriving love of student governments peaked when she was appointed as a MASC’s 2021-2022 Social Media Manager. She has other hobbies besides student leadership, such as playing the flute, among other instruments, and veterinary practice. Lindsey also deeply enjoys writing fiction, poetry, and analytical/opinion pieces. Lindsey cannot wait to have an amazing year with MASC alongside the other staff, the officers, and directors!
Bio: Shradha Bista (she/her) is a first-year student in the International Baccalaureate Program at North Hagerstown High School in Washington County. Shradha has been an active participant in student councils for approximately three years. In 6th grade, she served as Secretary for Springfield Middle School’s student council. Then, in 8th grade, she served as the 2nd Vice President for the Washington County Association of Student Councils (WCASC). As 2nd Vice President, she represented WCASC in Washington County’s Character Counts Coalition. Additionally, during her term, Shradha attended MASC events to connect with her peers across the county and state. Throughout middle school, she was a part of her school’s Orchestra, Mathcounts Team, STEM Club, LEO Club, and American Sign Language Club. In high school, she hopes to be a part of the International Club, Mock Trial, Sexuality and Gender Alliance Club, Academic Quiz Team, and National Honor Society. In her free time, Shradha enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially by playing a round of chess, a card game, or sports. She also enjoys listening to music, traveling, and reading mystery novels. As Social Media Manager, Shradha hopes to help build on MASC’s past successes by celebrating small moments while striving towards improvement!