North Point High School’s Da’Juon Washington is ready to tackle the role of Student Member to the Board of Education next school year. Chosen by his peers to represent their interests on the Board, Washington said he looks forward to talking about plans for students with Board members. “I want to help make a change. I would love to see plans I proposed during my campaign, and new plans, approved,” he added.
Washington is finishing up his junior year at North Point and first year as the school’s student liaison to the Board. One of two candidates for the student member position for school year 2016-17, Washington was elected to the role earlier this year at the Charles County Association of Student Councils (CCASC) April meeting.
Each year, the top three students in the running for the position give a speech at the spring CCASC meeting and participate in a question and answer session with student delegates. Student delegates from all middle and high schools vote to elect the Student Member to the Board, as well as for the officers to represent the CCASC the following school year.
In his speech to his CCASC peers, Washington talked about launching a program for students to help them find resources on handling stress. “Students need programs to help them deal with stress and issues with time management. Some students do not realize that others have similar issues. I would love to develop discussion groups as part of the program so students can understand they are not the only ones dealing with stress,” he said.
A total of 210 votes were cast during the elections in which Washington was named the new Student Member to the Board. During last week’s Board of Education meeting, he shadowed Westlake junior Pearson Benson, the current student member to the Board, and will be sworn in to his new position at the Board’s June 14 meeting. Washington said he looks forward to the swearing in process and the opportunity to learn from and work with Board members.
Washington is enrolled in the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) program and several Advanced Placement (AP) classes. He is an honor roll student and plans to either study neurology or become a professor after he graduates. “I would also like to become a school superintendent or school board member someday,” he added.
As the Student Board Member, Washington will work with a student liaison committee throughout the school year. Each high school is required to have a student liaison, which is selected by methods approved by the school’s student government association (SGA) and principal. Liaisons will be announced next month.
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