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!

Here are some quotes from students that are in HCASC:

  • Chris- 11th 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- 11th 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- 10th 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”

  • Camille- 12th grade- “I am learning how to get more involved in my community. I love how we break down the concepts to better understand the policies affecting us.”

  • Shreeya- 9th 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- 7th 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- 6th grade- “Through HCASC I became an SGA member- that is how they shaped me”

 

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!

How Can I Apply For An Appointed Staff Position?

See the link to apply : https://tinyurl.com/HCASCApplication

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 2020-2021

Cindy Drummond, Advisor, cindy_drummond@hcpss.org

Chris Lidard, President, hcascpresident@gmail.com

Josh Drasin, Vice President, hcascvicepresident@gmail.com

Dhriti Vadlakonda Corresponding Secretary, hcasctreasurer@gmail.com

Sakshi. Gholap, Recording Secretary, hcascsecretary@gmail.com

HCASC Appointed Staff 2020-2021

Nehal Naqvi, Chief of Staff, hcascchiefofstaff@gmail.com 

Samantha Mosely, Parliamentarian, hcascparliamentarian@gmail.com 

Sheryl Li, Webmaster

SOC (Student Organizations Committee)

The SOC aids in the coordination between existing student organizations, elevates diverity of student interest withint 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 inventivize students from other organizations to join HCASC.

  • Olivia Lewis, Chair
  • Williard Conley
  • Chikamara Obioha
  • Anuj Alamasety
  • Beruktawit Gebreamlak

SOC Student Government Committee

The SOC Student Government Committee is composed of the Executive SGA Presidents of each HCPSS high school. Our goals are to improve each SGA and promote student leadership to all students. Committee activities currently include monthly meetings in which members discuss each school's SGA events, planning inter-school SGA events, and planning county-wide leadership/SGA events. 

  • Margaret Yin, chair
  • Camille Young
  • Elizabeth Banyas
  • Shivani Modi
  • Gabriel Otubu
  • Anirudh Saxena
  • Starina Cahng
  • Anika Huang
  • Eduardo Marin
  • Nikki Farnham
  • Josie Pittman
  • Zoe Leak

SOC Tutoring committee

  • Jaelyn Hui
  • Kai-Lin Yu
  • Unnathi Konduru

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. 

  • Jonathon DiPietro, chair
  • Chris Bardini
  • Peter Banyas
  • Shruti Vadlakonda
  • Anthony Duan
  • Neha Dinesh
  • Erin Alistar

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).

Organizes countywide community service projects

  • Jayshree Srinivasan, Chair
  • Caleb Shim
  • Dhruvi Patel
  • Trisha Reddy
  • Lily Thorne
  • Harini Muthu
  • Anokhi Gududuri
  • Riya Raikar

Environmental Affairs Committee

The Environmental Affairs Committee engages in environmental issues and promote 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.

  • Iris Zhan, Chair
  • Shoshi Hornum
  • Jaclyn Seo
  • William Gao
  • Shifa Shaikh
  • Allie Liu

ECC 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. 

  • Hannah Fang, chair
  • Sashita Subburaj
  • Isabella Roberts
  • Elain Park
  • Lamia Ayaz
  • Mackenzie Leach

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee operate within HCASC to provide a safe and secure environment for students of all races, genders, and backgrounds, and create 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.

  • Varshini Suresh, chair
  • Christly Bright
  • Jonetta Lah
  • Darlene Lee
  • Blen Dawit
  • James Tang
  • Estefania Tapia
  • Gwyneth Siojo
  • Oliver Song

STEM Committee

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.

  • Rishika Kokatam, Chair
  • Anika Verma
  • Elsa Meyer
  • Anurag Sodhi

Art Coordinator

The Art Coordinator promote arts related activities and opportunities, reach out to school clubs and community groups to promote Arts related activities and opportunities, and bring ideas and concerns from county wide groups back to HCASC and the student member.

  • Makenzie Leach

MASC Engagement Coordinator

The MASC Liaision works with the Maryland Association of Student Councils to inform countywide and statewide counterparts.

  • Carter Rakestraw