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.

Current Student Member of the Board

Ambika Siddabathula
Senior, River Hill High School

Ambika Siddabathula is a senior at River Hill High School and is in the Biotechnology Academy at the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL). She has attended Howard County public schools since kindergarten.

At River Hill High School, Ambika is actively involved in the National Honor Society. She dedicates her time performing community service and leadership activities in school and in the community. Ambika is a member of the River Hill Student Government Association (SGA) and served on the executive board as the SGA Secretary for the 2017-2018 school year. She is also a member of the ARL’s student government association, where she networks and collaborates with other students participating in Career Academies. In addition, Ambika is an active member in both the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) and the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC), where she enjoys meeting and networking with students across the county and state in order to champion the student voice.

Ambika is committed to serving her community in any way possible. She has been involved with the South Asian Youth organization’s Women Empowerment movement, where she encourages young girls to take an active stance in their communities. As an active volunteer for myriad cultural organizations, Ambika takes pride in her heritage and encourages students to embrace their diversity.

As 2018–2019 Student Member of the Board, Ambika’s priority is to reach out to the students in Howard County. She intends to frequently visit schools and attend student events in order to receive as much student input as possible. She is happy to answer questions from students at any grade level, through email ( or Twitter (@HoCoSMOB). Ambika looks forward to serving as the Howard County Student Member of the Board in the coming year and getting to know students from all across Howard County.