Student Member of the Board (SMOB)

The Howard County Association of Student Councils is a proud supporter of the Student Member of 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.

Ready Policy 2010 governing student representation in HCPSS.

Read this Q&A with the 2020-21 SMOB, Zach Koung.

Check out this FAQ for more information on what it means to be SMOB.

Zachary KoungCurrent Student Member of the Board

Zachary Koung
Senior, Howard High School

Zach Koung is a senior at Howard High School, where he is a member of Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics Honor Society), Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honor Society), Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish Honor Society), National Honor Society, Student Government Association and a Lion Leader. As the president for the Future Business Leaders of America Career and Technical Student Organization, he helps provide many students with business skill opportunities.

In addition to being active in many clubs and organizations, Zach engages in political advocacy both within and outside of school, in organizations and campaigns such as the Young Democrats of Howard County, the Howard County Sunrise Movement, the Youth Voices Initiative with the It Gets Better nonprofit, and Jill P. Carter for Congress. As an advocate for progressive change in the community and country, Zach has attended several protests in the community and Washington, D.C.

Having served on Dr. Martirano’s Student Advisory Council and as his school’s sophomore class president, Zach is prepared to serve and represent all students of Howard County. Zach plans to offer students many opportunities to provide feedback on how to better serve them, especially with the likelihood of online learning in the fall. He can be reached through email at (, Twitter (@HoCoSMOB) or Instagram (@hocosmob).