Urbana High School sophomore Brooke Lieberman has been elected the next Student Member of the Board of Education of Frederick County (SMOB). Her one-year term officially begins July 1. Until then, she will shadow current SMOB Lucas Tessarollo from Gov. Thomas Johnson High.
Frederick County middle and high school students participated in an online voting process to elect the 2023-2024 student Board member. This was the 12th year the student member was elected by online voting.
In addition to an application that the Frederick County Association of Student Councils’ (FCASC) Executive Board and SGA advisors reviewed, each candidate answered questions during a Town Hall format that FCPS televised and posted online in January. Each also submitted a one-page online candidate statement.
At Urbana High School, Lieberman has served as the President of the Buddies for Life Club, the Historian of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, Captain of the winter cheer team, and has participated in the school’s Student Government Association, and Red Cross Club.
In her candidate speech, Brooke pledged to work on issues concerning mental health awareness and equitable opportunities for students.
The role of the student member of the Board (SMOB) is to bring a student viewpoint on educational issues to BOE meetings. SMOBs are expected to respect the diversity of students’ points of view, improve communication between the student body, staff and BOE members and inform students of board policies and decisions.