Governor Thomas Johnson High School sophomore Malachi G. Macon will be a junior by the time he begins his term as the next student member to the Board of Education of Frederick County, July 1. Until then he will shadow the Board’s current student member, Paige Tolbard.
Frederick County middle and high school students participated in an online voting process to elect the 2019-2020 student Board member. This was the eighth year the student member was elected by online voting. Malachi received the most votes, running against nine other candidates, five of whom were selected to move on to the general election.
In addition to an application that the Frederick County Association of Student Councils (FCASC) Executive Board and SGA advisors reviewed, each candidate answered questions in a Town Hall format that FCPS televised and posted online. Each also submitted a one-page online platform statement. The January 17 Candidates Forum was canceled due to inclement weather.
Middle and high school students participated in online voting from January 17-31 to determine which candidate the schools’ Student Government Association (SGA) representatives would support in the General Assembly on February 14. Student enrollment determines a school’s number of representative delegates. When Malachi won the FCASC General Assembly election, the Assembly submitted his name for approval to the Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent to serve a year-long term, beginning in July 2019.
The role of the student member of the Board (SMOB) is to bring a student viewpoint on educational issues to BOE meetings. The function is not to represent any particular special-interest group of students on an issue, but rather to respect the diversity of students’ points of view, to improve communication between the student body, staff and BOE members and to inform students of policies and decisions executed by the BOE.
In his platform, Malachi wrote that he plans to utilize social media and school announcements to effectively represent all FCPS students.
“My priorities would first consist of effective communication between all students…and myself. Once that has been achieved, all information collected from the students will form the new priorities list, for I would be a representative of all….”
In response to a question about how he will manage his time, Malachi stated he will prioritize BOE meeting attendance as well as attendance at the Frederick County and Maryland Associations of Student Councils. He also wrote that he will “thoroughly research topics that relate to the issues that can be voted on” at BOE meetings, using many resources and asking questions.
Active in the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) at Gov. TJ High, Malachi has also participated in Robotics Club, All County Band and Chorus, theatre, and was captain of a Pop Warner football team called the Frederick Steelers. He has maintained a 4.5 weighted grade point average and owns a seasonal neighborhood landscaping business. He has earned a 2016-2017 Presidential Award, 2018 JROTC Order of Daedalians Award, FCPS Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Certificate of Achievement.
For additional information about the Student Member of the Board role and election process, please contact FCPS Social Studies Curriculum Specialist Colleen Bernard, 301-644-5265 or Colleen.Bernard@fcps.org. To see Malachi’s photo, full platform and additional information, please visit: http://www.fcps.org/boe/smob-nominees.