Board candidates speak out

April 15, 2007|By Allison Baker

The Sun's Allison Baker asked the three student candidates for the Board of Education identical questions. Here are their e-mail responses.

Osama Eshera Atholton High School Junior

Q: Why is being a member of the Board of Education so important to you?

A: "Because of a lack of communication between the student body and the board, many issues have arisen in the school system that need to be addressed. By encountering these issues, I wanted to make a difference and I wanted to help find a solution to these problems. The most direct and effective way to do so was to run for student member of the Board of Education."

Q: What qualities do you have that will make you an effective board member?

A: "Because I am involved in the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program at Atholton, I have gained a great deal of leadership experience. These leadership skills are necessary for any candidate and will make me an effective board member."

Q: Why do you feel qualified to represent students in Howard County?

A: "Coming from an extremely diverse and multicultured background, yet being an American-born citizen, I am the best candidate to fulfill this role. I have many different connections and can relate with many different types and groups of people in the student body."

Andrew Gavelek Reservoir High School Junior

Q: Why is being a member of the Board of Education so important to you?

A: "Becoming the student member of the board is important because representing the students at such a level is a way of positively affecting change in order to make the educational experience both pleasurable and enjoyable for all students."

Q: What qualities do you have that will make you an effective board member?

A: "In order to be a board member, one must be a civil servant, willing to support their beliefs and philosophies while still keeping in mind those that they will affect. ... As a ranking cadet of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, what can be considered an ROTC program on steroids, I have learned many skills that allow me to be an influential leader."

Q: Why do you feel qualified to represent students in Howard County?

A: "I know what life as a student and resident of Howard County is like. I have lived it, and my experiences at a multitude of Howard County schools, including two different high schools, provides me with a more in-depth perspective of the life as a Howard County student."

Sarah Singer Reservoir High School Sophomore

Q: Why is being a member of the Board of Education so important to you?

A: "It is my goal to make education in Howard County the best that it can possibly be. By becoming a member of the Board of Education, I will improve the lives of Howard County students, and I will help to bring positive change in our growing community."

Q: What qualities do you have that will make you an effective board member?

A: "At Reservoir, I am the vice president of the Student Government Association, and last year I was the president of the Class of 2009. My work with student government has given me a great foreground for working with community leaders and committees that I may be a part of."

Q: Why do you feel qualified to represent students in Howard County?

A: "As a Howard County student myself, I will confidently represent all of Howard County, and I will use my position as the student member of the board to address all students' needs. I was born and raised in Howard County, so I am quite knowledgeable about the school system and have been a part of its history."

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