About Us

What is HCASC?
The Howard County Association of Student Councils, more commonly known as HCASC, brings together students across the school system to talk about leadership and government in HCPSS. HCASC strives to empower students with skills and opportunities to engage with and lead their schools and communities.

Who is Eligible to Join HCASC?
HCASC is open to all middle and high school students.

Why Should I Join HCASC?
By joining HCASC, you will have the opportunity to:

  • learn leadership skills and best practices
  • meet and work with student leaders from across HCPSS
  • discuss current events impacting HCPSS students
  • provide feedback and insight on HCPSS policy
  • share your ideas directly with the Student Member of the Board of Education SMOB) and other HCPSS leaders
  • represent your school at the student-run convention to elect the SMOB
  • explore ways to make a difference in your school and community
  • engage with community leaders
  • have fun!

How Can I Get Involved?
HCASC hosts monthly, student-run meetings the second Wednesday of every month. In addition to reports and updates from current HCASC members, meetings include leadership training, guest speakers, and/or student forums where students can come together to share best practices and discuss current school and community issues. No application or registration is required; just show up!

Where Can I Get More Information?
Interested in learning more about HCASC? Contact Cindy Drummond, HCASC's advisor, or members of the HCASC officers (listed below). You can also contact your school principal for information on leadership opportunities at your school.


HCASC Officer Team 2019-2020

Cindy Drummond, Advisor, cindy_drummond@hcpss.org

Alex Eapen, President, hcascpresident@gmail.com

Athena Verghis, Vice President, hcascvicepresident@gmail.com

Archana Swaminathan, Corresponding Secretary, hcasctreasurer@gmail.com

Kiana Wambui, Recording Secretary, hcascsecretary@gmail.com

HCASC Appointed Officer Team 2019-2020

Hannah Witkin, Chief of Staff

Co-Tu Doan, Webmaster

Second Vice Presidents

  • Rohan Warrier
  • Tanisha Khan

SMOB Convention Committee

  • Sakshi Gholap, Director
  • Dhriti Vadlakonda
  • Aidan Conley

Public Relations Committee

  • Nehal Naqvi, Chair
  • Joyce Lee
  • Veronica Kim
  • Samantha Mosley

Health and Social Issues Committee

  • Mariya Ahmed, Chair
  • Shivani Modi
  • Trisha Reddy

Environmental Affairs Committee

  • Rishika Kokatam, Chair
  • Hannah Fang

State Legislative Affairs Committee

  • Jonathon Di Pietro, Chair
  • Hunter Craig
  • Peter Banyas
  • Neha Dinesh

Special Elections Committee

  • Elizabeth Banyas, Co-chair
  • Peyton Thomas, Co-chair
  • Sashita Subburaj

STEM Committee

  • Maggie Yin, Chair
  • Joshua Drasin
  • Naomi Han
  • Tausha Poreddy

Art Coordinators

  • Sam Selliger, Chair
  • Lynzee Louden


  • Shubhi Saxena, Chair
  • Mackenzie Carr
  • Abdulmalik Shuaib

SGA Liasons

  • Chris Lidard, Chair
  • Panav Gududuri

MASC Liason

  • Jayshree Srinivasan