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!
Here are some quotes from students that are in HCASC:
Chris- 12th grade- “HCASC has taught me countless valuable lessons about becoming a student leader, uplifting the voices of all HCPSS students, and collaboration. Without HCASC, I would have never met such wonderful individuals from across the county and may not have put myself out into the community as much as I do now!”
Kayla- 12th grade- “Through HCASC, I have been able to connect with people around the county and learn their opinions/views. It has allowed me to become part of a larger community in Howard County and be informed on issues at other schools that I did not know existed.”
Iris- 12th grade- “I learned a lot about managing and leading a group, and how to create visions and directions for projects. I became more aware of community happenings and how to get involved.”
Shreeya- 10th grade- “I have learned how involved students can actually become in making decisions for the school system, and it has really made me more involved in my community”
Matthew- 8th grade- “HCASC allowed me to be well-informed and involved in my community. It makes me happy to know that students in the Howard County have a voice.”
Maliyah- 7th grade- “Through HCASC I became an SGA member- that is how they shaped me”
How Can I Get Involved?
HCASC hosts monthly, student-run general assemblies 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. Be sure to RSVP to attend our general assemblies!
How Can I Apply For An Appointed Staff Position?
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 2022-2023
Oliver Song, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliver Song is a senior at Wilde Lake High School. An avid environmental activist, Oliver has advocated for green legislation at the local, state, and national levels. During his tenure as Wilde Lake's SGA president, he led a COVID-19 town hall, testified before the Board of Education, and represented Wilde Lake at the county and state levels. In his free time, Oliver enjoys volunteering on political campaigns, competing in math team and mock trial, and playing the euphonium. Through HCASC, Oliver hopes to engage students in all levels of decision-making processes.
Abisolya Ayoola, Student Member of the Board, Student_Member@hcpss.org
Abisola Ayoola is a junior at Wilde Lake High School. She is particularly involved in her school community as a leader in various organizations such as Student Government, Class Council, Spanish Honors Society, Orchestra Board, and Rise Up Mentorship. Abisola is excited to serve as the 35th Student Member of the Board and advocate for student voices around the county.
Allie Liu, First Vice President, email@example.com
Christel Annan, Second Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christel Annan is a 7th grader at Patuxent Valley Middle School. Always looking for a way to help the community, she engages in campaigns, drives, fundraisers, awareness projects, student council, and much more. In Christel’s free time, she enjoys playing the violin, baking, taking walks, and making people happy. Christel is ready to take on the title of Middle School Ambassador to represent all Middle Schoolers of Howard County for equity, change, and empowerment.
James Obasiolu, Corresponding Secretary, email@example.com
James Obasiolu is a sophomore at Atholton High School. He serves as the Student Member of the Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board, influencing legislation and advising County Executive Calvin Ball on eco-friendly measures. As an LGBTQIA+ student, he also advocates for queer students' rights in the school system's LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee. Outside of school, James plays Cello with the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, competes in speech and rollerblading competitions, and loves travel photography. He hopes to empower all student voices and ensure everyone participates in the HCASC process.
Lily Shangloo, Recording Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Drummond, Advisor, email@example.com
HCASC Appointed Staff
The Public Relations Committee manages the HCASC web page and social media in partnership with the HCASC advisor and Corresponding Secretary, and continually works to improve the communications between HCASC and the member schools not only through the website, but through newsletters, social media and other publications.
Student Organizations Committee (SOC) Operations
The SOC aids in the coordination between existing student organizations, elevates diversity of student interest within HCASC and increase awareness of variable student interests across the country (ex: providing resources for students to create student organizations), inspire students to celebrate their interests, and incentivize students from other organizations to join HCASC.
SOC NHS allows county-wide collaboration between National Honor Society groups to promote greater impact of activities and community service events. Representatives from different NHS groups across HCPSS can collaborate and spread news of their events between HCASC and their home schools.
SOC Arts promotes arts related activities and opportunities, reaches out to school clubs and community groups, and brings ideas and concerns from county wide groups back to HCASC and the Student Member.
SOC Tutoring allows students to collaborate with other tutoring organizations within HCPSS, whether that be volunteering as a tutor, seeking resources/ideas to create new tutoring programs, or doing outreach to bring tutors to those who would benefit from these services. Representatives of new or pre-existing tutoring organizations are welcome and encouraged to join!
Legislative Affairs Committee
The Legislative Affairs Committee ("LAC") seeks to empower the Howard County Associations of Student Councils (“HCASC”) and all Howard County students to understand the advocacy process in all levels of government. The LAC develops and proposes official HCASC stances relating to policies and legislation pertinent to youth and education.
Health and Social Issues Committee
The Health and Social Issues Committee promotes awareness of health and social issues, providing leadership for HCASC initiatives. This committee researches and shares state and county regulations and statutes regarding Safe Schools Initiatives, Mental Health, Discrimination, and Bullying/ Harassment policies, and builds relationships with school clubs and community groups to promote environmental related activities and opportunities for HCASC (such as reaching out to school clubs and community groups to promote environmental related activities and opportunities).
Environmental Affairs Committee
The Environmental Affairs Committee engages in environmental issues and promotes environmental related opportunities, builds relationships with school clubs and community groups to promote environmental related activities and opportunities for HCASC,bringing ideas and concerns from county wide groups back to HCASC and the Student Member.
Election Coordinating Committee
The Election Coordinating Committee plans, organizes, and holds the general and special elections for HCASC. We also work in conjunction with the Officer Team and Mrs. Drummond in planning and advertising all the stops on the road to electing the Student Member of the Board for the next school year. ECC takes the lead in planning for Delegate Training and the SMOB Convention, with the chairperson serving as Convention Director.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee operates within HCASC to provide a safe and secure environment for students of all races, genders, and backgrounds, and creates platforms for HoCo students to voice their opinions against injustice, working with the Legislative Affairs Committee to uplift the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within HCASC and HCPSS. This could include doing research, aiding in writing of legislative stances, helping promote/support legislative stances on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The STEM Committee fosters a system to promote STEM related activities and opportunities, reaches out to school clubs and community groups to promote STEM related activities and opportunities, bringing ideas and concerns from county wide groups back to HCASC and the Student Member.