Student Member of the Board (SMOB)

The Howard County Association of Student Councils is a proud supporter of the Student Member on The Board of Education (SMOB) election process. Each year, one student represents the student voice as a member on the Board of Education. Unlike other Maryland jurisdictions, the HCPSS grants the SMOB full status as a board member and can vote on all issues except issues pertaining to budget, personnel, or other restricted matters.

Current Student Member of the Board

Griffin Diven
Senior, Wilde Lake High School

A lifelong Howard County resident, Griffin Diven has attended Howard County Public Schools since the first grade. Griffin is currently a senior at Wilde Lake High School where he has the pleasure of being involved in many clubs and organizations. His leadership skills are demonstrated through his positions as director of communications for the Student Government Association, Social Studies Honors secretary, props head for the Theater Department, and co-creator of the Wilde Lake Youth Politics Club. Griffin is a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field team specializing in discus and shot put. He is also a member of the National Honors Society, German Honors Society, and Lettermen. 

Outside of school, Griffin is an active member of the Appalachia Service Project (ASP), where he devotes time to help rebuild homes in the Appalachian Mountain region. He is an advisor of the Trudy Joe Book Swap, which helps facilitate the donation of books to inner city elementary and middle schools. Griffin challenges himself with other activities, including participation in the 4.4-mile annual Bay Bridge Swim.

Griffin will strive to have the “student voice” heard by the Howard County Board of Education through his participation in diverse organizations, regular school visits, and student outreach. He wants all Howard County students to feel comfortable in their school environment and feel they are being treated equally.

Griffin is committed to making the students of Howard County feel represented on the Board of Education.

For more information on Griffin, check out his page on the Board of Education website.