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.

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

Lamia Ayaz.

Lamia Ayaz is the 2023-24 Student Member of the Board. She is a senior at Howard High School. In addition to working with the Howard County Association of Student Councils and the Luminus Network for New Americans, Ayaz has served as Vice-President of Howard High School Student Government Association and Co-Captain of the Speech and Debate Team. She also participates in Model United Nations and Book Club at Howard. Ayaz plays piano and enjoys reading and spending time outside.

Lamia can be reached through email (, Twitter (@HoCoSMOB) and Instagram (@hocosmob).


Abisola Ayoola.

Wilde Lake High School student Abisola Ayoola is the 2023-2024 Maryland State Student Member of the Board of Education. Ayoola served as the Howard County Board of Education SMOB during the 2022-2023 school year