Demo Adamolekun, a junior at Wilde Lake High School, has been nominated as a student member of the Maryland State Board of Education.
Adamolekun, 17, joined his school's Student Government Association as a sophomore, one year after moving to Columbia from Springfield, Ill. He attended the Maryland Association of Student Councils' meeting last weekend, where more than 800 students from across the state chose him as one of two nominees.
In his bid for the nomination, he spoke of the need for the state to take responsibility for funding education. Also, he said, "It is our responsibility as students to get involved in our schools and take advantage of that [funding]."
Adamolekun is a student commissioner for the Howard County Human Rights Commission and will soon start an internship in the office of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. He is developing an e-mail program that will help members of his school's Best Buddies program interact with students in special education classes. He is also a member of the debate team and participates in indoor track.
"I'm really excited for the opportunity," Adamolekun said yesterday, adding he is considering pursuing politics in the future.
"He has a lot of interest in government and politics and community service," said his father, Bola Adamolekun, a neurologist. "He's always loved to serve and served outstandingly."
Howard County schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan said yesterday, "We are very proud of his accomplishments." She said the county has been very fortunate to have several students serve on the state board in past years.
Brian Williamson, a junior at North Hagerstown High School in Washington County, was also nominated. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will soon select one student to serve a one-year term during the 2004-2005 school year.