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.

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

Allison AlstonCurrent Student Member of the Board

Allison Alston
Senior, Reservoir High School

Allison Alston is a senior at Reservoir High School where she is a member of Delta Scholars, Black Student Union, Choir, Chamber Orchestra, National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. As the dedicated president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and ambassador for the Future Business Leaders of America Club, she has developed strong leadership skills, which she uses to plan community events and service opportunities for other students.

In addition to being an active participant in many clubs and organizations, Allison engages in public speaking both within and outside of school. She strongly believes in the power of words to communicate heartfelt messages of hope, equality, and empowerment. As a result, Allison has spoken at many schools throughout the county; and at several community events on issues, such as mental health, domestic violence prevention, and racial and gender equality.

Having served on Howard County’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Allison is prepared to serve and represent all students of Howard County. Through relationship building, teamwork, and communication, she is very excited to use her position for the enhancement of education throughout the county. Allison highly anticipates extending opportunities for students to provide feedback and commentary on how to better serve them. She can be reached through email at (, Twitter (@HoCoSMOB), or Instagram (@hocosmob).