COLUMBIA, MD — Zach Koung, a Howard High School rising senior, was recently elected the 2020-2021 student member of the board of education. The Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) held the election online earlier this month, since the originally scheduled April election date was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic-related school closure.
As the new student member of the board of education, Koung will be eligible to vote on all issues except those pertaining to budget, personnel or other restricted matters.
“My desire to help bring change in Howard County is what inspired me to run for SMOB,” Koung said. “Last year, I attended the SMOB convention to help narrow down the candidates; I felt that we needed to be having more conversations around mental health and financial literacy. I am honored to be serving as the next Student Member of the Board of Education.”
Koung has always been interested in leadership and politics. In his sophomore year, he was the class president, and this year, he is the president of the Howard High Future Business Leaders of America student organization.
“Throughout the campaign, Zach was a true champion for progressive issues, including but not limited to financial literacy, mental health, equity, racial justice and LGBTQ+ equality,” said Alex Horn, a Wilde Lake High School rising junior who served as Koung’s campaign manager. “As the next student member of the board of education, Zach will be a strong ally to justice and equity, not compromising on his core values.”
This article originally appeared on the Ellicott City Patch