Ananya Tadikonda, a rising senior at Richard Montgomery High School, was sworn in as the 41st Student Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education last night, Monday, July 9, at Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. Tadikonda was sworn in by Clerk of the Court Barbara Meiklejohn.
Tadikonda succeeds Matthew Post, a 2018 graduate of Sherwood High School.
Tadikonda was elected to serve a one-year term on the Board by middle and high school students of Montgomery County Public Schools. She received 51 percent of the vote in the April 25 election in which 83.6 percent of eligible students cast ballots. Tadikonda served as the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association Vice President. She also serves on the executive board for the Maryland Association of Student Councils and as Co-President of MoCo EmpowHER.
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.
Photo courtesy MCPS.