Nicholas Asante Sworn In as SMOB, and Other Good News
Nicholas Asante, a rising senior at Richard Montgomery High School, was sworn in as the 43rd Student Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education (SMOB) for the 2020–2021 school year on July 2, at the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville.
Mr. Asante was elected to serve a one-year term on the Board by middle and high school students. He received 59 percent of the vote in the May 20 election. This SMOB election was held remotely as a result of the extended emergency school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Asante served as chief of staff for the Montgomery County Regional (MCR) Student Government Association (SGA) and as chief of staff for the previous SMOB, Mr. Nathaniel Tinbite. He also served as legislative affairs director for MCR SGA and as president of the Montgomery County Junior Council SGA.
The SMOB is a voting member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. The SMOB can vote on matters related to collective bargaining, capital and operating budgets, and school closings, reopenings and boundaries. The SMOB cannot vote on negative personnel actions. The SMOB is not paid, but receives a $5,000 college scholarship, Student Service Learning hours, and one honors-level social studies credit.
For more information, visit the Student Member of the Board website.
Poolesville Senior Sworn In as State SMOB
Jason Wu was sworn in as the Maryland State Student Member of the Board of Education. He is a senior at Poolesville High School, and an active member of the Maryland Association of Student Councils and the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association.
Takoma Park Middle Wins Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge for Second Year
For the second year in a row, Takoma Park Middle School won first place in the lunch category in the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge. The theme this year was fusion. The dish Takoma Park prepared was Rasta Ramen with Mango Sago, described as a frozen tropical drink combined with bubble tea.
Every day, school food professionals face an array of requirements to create school meals that meet strict nutritional guidelines while adhering to restrictive per-meal budgets. The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge gives students the chance to face these challenges and create what they would like to see in their school cafeterias.
Twenty teams representing seven school districts participated in the challenge. The Takoma Park team had students vote on what they would like to see on the menu. The team then worked on research and development to create recipes for the competition to ensure compliance with federal nutrition and costing guidelines.
This year’s culinary challenge was a virtual event. Teams created videos that were submitted and judged, along with their recipes.
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