Students from across Baltimore County have selected Dundalk High School junior Joshua Muhumuza to be the next student member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County.
That was the result of an online vote held Thursday, March 12, just days before schools in Baltimore County and across Maryland closed as a result of Coronavirus precautions. A total of 8,072 middle and high school students from across the county cast online ballots for one of three student board member candidates. Opening the balloting process to all secondary students was a first for BCPS.
Muhumuza’s name will now be forwarded to Gov. Larry Hogan for consideration and appointment to the one-year position.
A member of Dundalk’s National Honor Society, Student Government Association, and Homeland Security Program, Muhumuza has participated in his school’s debate team, AVID program, soccer team, Model Congress, and Model U.N. programs. He also serves as the southwestern representative for the Baltimore County Student Councils and a member of its infrastructure committee.
Outside of school, he tutors with his church, serves as a volunteer soccer coach at Dundalk Middle School, and is a senior patrol leader with the Boy Scouts of America.
In addition to Muhumuza, candidates in the three-student election – also a first for Baltimore County – were Vinay Khosla of Dulaney High School and Rosalind Marfo of Franklin High School.
For the past four years, student Board member candidates were vetted and voted upon during a special convention with student representatives and council leaders. Prior to 2016, student members were chosen and recommended by a committee of BCPS educators, staff, and student leaders.
This year, the application process was expanded to allow and encourage participation from all BCPS middle and high school students. Students were able to view videotaped speeches from each of the three candidates as well as a videotaped question-and-answer session for each candidate.