Carroll County will have a voice on the state board of education now that Manchester Valley High junior Steven Priester has been appointed the student member of the board.
Priester, who is currently serving as the student representative to the Carroll County Board of Education, was appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley as the student member of the Maryland Board of Education for the 2014-15 school year. The appointment will be effective July 1.
Priester is the first Carroll County student to serve on the state board of education. The student member serves a one-year term during his or her senior year and has limited voting rights, according to a news release from Carroll County Public Schools.
"Steven is an exceptional young man who has served us well as our student representative," said Virginia Harrison, the current president of the Carroll Board of Education, said in a prepared release. "I am really confident that he will do a great job representing Carroll County and all the students of Maryland."
Priester is looking forward to advocating for students and fighting for issues that mean the most to them, he told the
in a February interview.
"I think that's going to be an amazing opportunity, not just for me, but the students of the state," he said in February.
Priester, who hopes to become a Spanish teacher, said in February his goal is to continue pushing students to become more involved in their education.
"It's a win-win when students get involved," he said.
According to the school system news release, Priester is a member of the Manchester Valley High School Student Government Association and the School Improvement Team. He has been an Honor Roll student since 2006 and is a two-time recipient of the President's Award for Academic Excellence. He also plays lacrosse and participates on the school's debate team, Future Educators of America, and Ski Club. He is a member of the Varsity Marching Band and has been selected for All-County Band every year since 2010.
"We are very proud of Steven and are excited to have a Carroll County student serve on the State board of education," schools Superintendent Steve Guthrie said in the prepared release. "This is a tremendous opportunity for Steven and an honor for our school system."