SMOB Elections 2019

Kobina A., Writer

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On April 24, 2019, Ananya Tadikonda, Montgomery County’s 41st Student Member of the Board passed the mantle of SMOB to John F. Kennedy High School’s Nate Tinbite. He was elected over Clarksburg High School’s Zoe Tishaev. The two were announced as the final two candidates in about late February out of the thirteen that originally entered the race. All middle and high school students participated in the voting on either the 23rd or 24th. Nate’s main goals as SMOB for the 2019-2020 school year is to unblock streaming services like Youtube and Spotify for middle school students throughout the county, bringing more light to mental health issues, and bringing back Driver’s Ed courses to high schools. He will be the first African-American elected SMOB in about two decades. Nate was a founder of MoCo for Change and was even arrested at the US-Mexican border. 74% of the votes were for him. The votes in Julius West may have been partially been biased because he came to an eighth grade JW lunch in February. Only time will show if Nate lives up to his promises.