* Name: Marcus Klein, 16, of Columbia.
* School: Oakland Mills High School.
* Why Marcus was chosen: Marcus is the student associate to the Howard County Board of Education; a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition; and an editor of the OMega yearbook. He helped write and produce a play, "Game of Chance," that was performed by professional actors at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia.
* Marcus' comments: As a student associate, "I liked helping improve the educational system for both myself, my sisters and their classmates."