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- 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?

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

Where Can I Get More Information?
IInterested 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 2021-2022

  • Dhriti Vadlakonda, President, hcascpresident@gmail.com
  • Harshia Bhagat, Vice President
  • Shreya Dinesh, Second Vice President
  • Ashna Pandya, Corresponding Secretary
  • Allie Liu, Recording Secretary
  • Olivia Lewis, Chief of Staff
  • Christina Kodsi, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Tamzid Razzaque, Parliamentarian
  • Peter Banyas, Student Member, Student_Member@hcpss.org
  • Cindy Drummond, Advisor, cindy_drummond@hcpss.org

HCASC Appointed Staff 2021-2022

Public Relations Committee
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.

  • Joanne Yoon, Coordinator

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.

  • Isabella Roberts, Chair
  • Sitara Chakkamadathil
  • Chikamara Obioha

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.

  • Brianna Jackson, Chair
  • Grace Pak
  • Anjali Mehta

SOC Arts
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.

  • Mackenzie Leach, Chair
  • Tyrell Harris
  • Charlotte Connolly
  • Miranda Yarowsky
  • Ximing Luo
  • Kiersten Delk

SOC Tutoring
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!

  • Jaelyn Hui, Chair
  • Estefania Tapia
  • Kaycee Henderson
  • Sanjay Mavalli
  • Lanting Zhu

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.

  • Neha Dinesh, Chair
  • David Liu
  • Mikko Parker
  • Cindy Zhan
  • Elain Park
  • Aybars Kocoglu
  • Anisha Chakrabarty
  • Erin Alistar
  • Megan Ball
  • Will Cavey
  • Maahir Padder
  • Shalin Bahl
  • Ian Yoon

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).

  • Dhruvi Patel, Chair
  • Edwin Wu
  • Riya Raikar
  • Matthew Gilmour
  • Elise Choe
  • Jessica Stuparu
  • Anoki Gududuri
  • Maya Adams
  • Sahaana Sriram
  • Akhil Shastry

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.

  • Renee Wu, Chair
  • Veer Tuliani
  • Lauren Higgins
  • Hailey Wang
  • Micah Sagers
  • Christy Lee
  • Iris Zhan

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.

  • Hannah Fang, Chair
  • Matthew Sotomey
  • Jassir Sidiqui
  • Michael Kim
  • Tanvi Kalia
  • Sophia Chudnovsky
  • Shruti Vadlakonda
  • Nadia Ghaicepour

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.

  • Gray Ren, Chair
  • Oliver Song
  • Jasmyn Kaushal
  • Yehji Hwang
  • Blen Dawit
  • Chloe Koh
  • Gabi Demuren
  • Nikita Lobo
  • Tobi Adenyi
  • Kira Ronaghan
  • Sanjana Bharadwaj
  • Gabby Oshadiya

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.

  • Shriya Sane, Co-Chair
  • Sidd Shah, Co-Chair
  • Srujan Mandavalli
  • Benjamin Nathan
  • Yanyi Li
  • Aria Haghighat
  • Jacob Choi
  • Ava Aria
  • Nidhi Anne
  • Neha Neelam
  • Kelly He
  • Anika Verma
  • Kelly Ji
  • Nathan Huang
  • Harshitha Koppala
  • Sai Hruthika Naraharisetti
  • Akshaini Pallikonda
  • Diana Omar
  • Abihith Velumuri