Logan Dubel of Franklin High School and Christian Thomas of Eastern Technical High School have emerged as the final two candidates for student member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County for the 2021-2022 school year.
Dubel and Thomas were selected following application reviews and Feb. 4 interviews with a panel of students and staff.
Dubel, a junior, is president of the Franklin High Class of 2022, a member of the school’s Mock Trial Team, managing editor for the school newspaper, public address announcer and press box manager for several sports, and co-chair of the Baltimore County Student Councils Infrastructure Committee. He has been a member of the varsity badminton team and been active in school theatre productions. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. Outside of school, Dubel is a news anchor and digital reporter for OceanCity.com, a writer for the Art League of Ocean City, and co-founder and tutor for the Students As Tutors organization. Dubel also participates in Vanderbilt University Programs for Talented Youth, Legal Reasoning, and the American Legal System.
Thomas, a junior, is president of the Eastern Tech Class of 2022, vice-president/co-founder of the Eastern Tech Red Cross Club, vice-chair/co-founder of Eastern Tech Democrats, an executive officer of Eastern Tech’s student government association, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and member of the school’s theatre club and Future Business Leaders of America. In addition to the National Honor Society, Thomas is a member of the National English Honor Society and National Latin Honor Society. He represents Eastern Tech on the Baltimore County Student Councils Board of Selected Students. Outside of school, Thomas serves as co-chair/founder of The Domino Effect Initiative (a nonprofit that provides mentors and other supports for students in need) and special events secretary for the Red Cross North Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region Youth Advisory Board Executive Committee.
Middle and high school students will cast online ballots on Wednesday, Mar. 17, for either Dubel or Thomas. This is the first year, due to a change in Maryland law, that BCPS students will directly select the student member of the Board, without approval from the governor.
Videotaped speeches from the two candidates will be available online, on social media, and in selected English language arts and social studies classes from Monday, Feb. 22, to Friday, Feb. 26. Also during that week, middle and high school students will be able to submit questions to the two candidates. On Mar. 17, videos of the candidates answering selected questions will be available for online viewing. Student voting will take place online from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mar. 17.