Student Member on the Board of Education Application

APPLICATION for the 2023-2024 State Student Member on the Board of Education (SMOB) AND Virtual SMOB Informational Webinar

Education Article §2202 of the Maryland General Assembly Statute authorizes the appointment by the Governor of a student member of the Maryland State Board of Education. Approved in 1985 and amended in 2007, this legislation specifies that the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) shall have the opportunity to nominate two students for the Governor’s consideration. One of these nominees will be appointed by the Governor to serve a one-year term as the Student Member of the Maryland State Board of Education.

The responsibilities of this position are extensive, so students should read, research, talk to the current and former state SMOBs, and consider carefully.  It is also HIGHLY recommended that interested students register and attend the virtual SMOB Informational Webinar (see details below).

Each public high school in Maryland is invited to nominate one student for this position. The student nominee must be regularly enrolled in a public high school, in good standing, and a junior or senior as of July 1, 2023 (meaning a current sophomore or junior).

Please carefully read the packet, observing the different deadlines and parts of the application.  There are no exceptions to deadlines as this is the selection of a public official.

PDF document: SMOBApplicationPacket2022
Word document: SMOBApplicationPacket2022


Date / Deadline Item Details
Monday, November 14, 2022 School nomination forms uploaded (5:00 p.m.)
Monday, December 5, 2022 Completed application packets must be uploaded (5:00 p.m.)
Monday, December 5, 2022 Required recommendations completed (5:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 Nominees contacted about interviews
Saturday, January 14, 2023 Virtual Interviews for selected nominees
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 Virtual SMOB Candidate Town Hall (7:00-8:00 p.m.)    This is optional but strongly recommended
Thursday, January 19, 2023 Finalists – Personal statement and preliminary introductory speech deadline (5:00 p.m.)
Saturday, February 11, 2023 Up to Five Finalists present at the MASC Legislative Session (snow date Feb. 18, 2023)

Virtual SMOB Informational Webinar (interest meeting)

As this event is over, interested students may reach out to or for a link to watch a recording.  Lots of good information for ANY current sophomore or junior interested in this position.

Students interested in applying for this position (a school nomination is required), are STRONGLY encouraged to attend the virtual SMOB Informational Webinar at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 13, 2022.  Merin Thomas, the current state SMOB, as well as Kevin Bokoum and Jason Wu, immediate past SMOBS (2021-2022 and 2020-2021 respectively), will be facilitating this event.

Registration for the SMOB Information Webinar (interest meeting) closes on October 11th.  Registration Link

Maryland State Board of Education


Ensure all students have access to a world-class educational system that prepares them to graduate ready for post-secondary learning, rewarding work, and success in society and life.


Provide leadership, set policy, and advocate for continuous improvement of Maryland’s educational system to achieve the following:

• Assist every student to realize his or her potential.
• Develop and support a strong accountability system to increase academic success for all students.
• Promote a safe, healthy, and orderly environment for learning and teaching.
• Ensure educator and administrative effectiveness.
• Promote students’ physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.
• Expand high-quality educational opportunities for students and parents.
• Work with districts to strengthen infrastructure.
• Increase communication and partnerships with stakeholders statewide.