Department of Communications


Shradha Bista
North Hagerstown High School
Washington County

Communications Director

Bio: Shradha Bista (she/her) is a sophomore at North Hagerstown High in Washington County, enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program. She’s been a part of student council since 6th grade, and this will be her second term serving as an Appointed Staff member. She’s also the Vice-President of her regional student council, Washington County Association of Student Councils (WCASC) and Treasurer of the Class of ‘25 at her school. Outside of student council, she enjoys traveling, reading, and any game that she can play with her family. This year, Shradha hopes to grow the connection delegates have with MASC through the Communications Department!

 


Maya Santhanam
Centennial High School
Howard County

Secretary

Bio: Maya Santhanam is very excited to serve as the Secretary again for the 2022-23 school year! She has a clear passion for leadership and academic interest in law and policy. Some of the extracurricular activities she enjoys include being President of her school’s Student Government Association and American Cancer Society She also loves everything Model United Nations, spends her free time listening to music and being outside, and loves trying new food! She looks forward to continuing to spread communication and love through her correspondence!


Molly Pennington
Eastern Technical High School
Baltimore County

Historian

Bio: Molly is a senior in the Law and Public Policy program at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County. Molly is serving as the Historian for the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC), which involves taking photographs at all of the MASC events as well as sharing them with other members of the Communications staff. On the school level, Molly is serving as a Co-President of Eastern Tech’s Green School Club, Vice President of Eastern Tech’s Student Council, and a member of the National Honor Society (NHS), the National Social Studies Honor Society (NSSHS), Red Cross Society, and more. Molly’s goals as Historian are to share MASC with as wide of an audience as possible and to do so by using visuals of events to demonstrate the actions of the organization. Molly believes in the importance of student advocacy on a local and state level, which is why MASC is so important.


Paige Plater
Northern High School
Calvert County

Publications Coordinator

Bio: Paige is a junior and has been involved in student government (SGA) for six years. She became passionate about SGA because it’s a great way to meet other people, build leadership skills, serve the community, and advocate for students. She has participated in events at the school, county, state, and national levels of SGA. She is a MASC workshop presenter and she loves writing leadership workshops. Some of the things she’s most passionate about are the student voice, mental health, and racial equity. This year, she’s serving as the Calvert Association of Student Councils Outreach and Communications Department Director as well as the MASC Publications coordinator.


Anusha Krishnan
Poolesville High School
Montgomery County

Publications Coordinator

Bio: Anusha is currently a junior at Poolesville High School in Montgomery County. She has been involved in advocacy since sixth grade taking on roles in the school as current class vice president, the county as current treasurer, and at the state level, this being her third year with MASC. In her free time, she enjoys taking part in her school’s theater program, horseback riding, and listening to music while going on drives with her friends. She loves bike rides, nature, and traveling. She is extremely passionate about service and making change and hopes to learn more this year through MASC.


Pranavi Kamana
Seneca Valley High School
Montgomery County

Social Media Manager

Bio: Pranavi Kamana is a junior at Seneca Valley High School in Montgomery County. She is currently serving as an Student Government Association (SGA) officer at the schoolwide level and as the Gender Equity and Sexual Misconduct taskforce coordinator on the countywide level (Montgomery County Regional SGA). Pranavi is also deeply involved at her school with the Asia Club, Key Club, and Girls of Color Alliance. Outside of advocacy, she loves to travel, take pictures, and try new foods. She is so excited to further her leadership experience through MASC and make meaningful change throughout the state of Maryland!


Nicole Akumatey
Oakdale High School
Frederick County

Social Media Manager

Bio: Nicole Akumatey is a senior at Oakdale High School. She has served in various student government organizations since 6th grade. Currently, Nicole is also a member of the Frederick County Association of Student Councils (FCASC) Public Relations and Media Committee. Outside of student government, her hobbies include music, swimming, traveling, and hanging out with friends.