In early April, Parkdale students traveled to Ocean City to attend a Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) conference. In the conference, students from around the state of Maryland attended workshops, speeches and voting sessions for next year’s MASC Executive Board officers.
One year ago, during the 2017 MASC Convention, Parkdale students Bryce Owono and Joshua Omolola campaigned for and won the MASC Executive board Treasurer and 1st Vice President positions, gaining representation for the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments (PGRASG) on a statewide level.
This year, Bryce Owono was appointed as the State’s Student Member of the Board of Education by Governor Larry Hogan early March and Joshua Omolola was elected as MASC President the following month.
“There is no feeling like knowing that your peers all over the state support your vision for a more united Maryland.” Omolola states. “Leadership is delicate, I encourage everyone to keep trying by any means necessary.”
In previous years, Parkdale High School’s SGA has been a hive for student leaders, developing several elected and appointed PGRASG executive board members, leading political demonstrations and holding several events for Parkdale community.
Leading Parkdale SGA, President Valeria Avila enjoys having a plethora of leaders around.
“I’m more than honored to work with such amazing leaders in our school who are now not only making positive changes in our region but state-wide!” said Avila.
Parkdale SGA’s role has always been evident in Prince George’s County, but with Bryce Owono and Joshua Omolola securing two MASC Executive board Positions consecutively, Parkdale has now produced statewide student leaders.
Mr. Adams, SGA coordinator and English teacher, has also expressed much pride in Omolala’s accomplishments.
“He worked really hard to represent all students in the state of Maryland,” said Mr. Adams. “I’m proud of him and I view him as a future leader.”
Mr. Adams also walked away with a new title at the convention where Omolala achieved his presidency. He won the Advisor of the year award.
Despite being a known active member of the Parkdale staff, Mr. Adams was taken aback by his new honor.
“I was shocked,” he said. “I didn’t know I was receiving this award.”
The goal of MASC is to “foster a statewide environment for all secondary school students to express and exchange opinions and ideas, develop leadership skills, and promote student representation and involvement in all groups and organizations impacting the lives of students.”