Meet the Officers

Shairee Arora - President 

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Shairee (she/her) is a junior and International Baccalaureate candidate at Richard Montgomery High School. Last year, Shairee served as the MCR Secretary and is excited for her second year as an Officer. This is Shairee’s 6th year in student government and throughout her time in MCJC and MCR, she has worked hard to make student advocacy more accessible and get more students involved. As Secretary last year, Shairee is proud of working with her fellow officers to introduce MCR’s Advocacy Task Forces as well as utilize the online platform to expand MCR’s outreach and accessibility. 

 

This year, Shairee hopes to increase transparency, equity, and accessibility in MCR by improving MCR’s application process, focusing outreach on underrepresented schools, increasing accessibility to meetings and materials, and so much more. 

 

In her free time, Shairee loves to play piano, volunteer on political campaigns, and is a part of her school’s mock trial team. In the future, Shairee plans on studying psychology or business in college before heading to law school.

Ashley Morales - Vice President

Ashley Morales (she/her), a Senior at Gaithersburg High School, has been involved in MCR for 4 years. Serving in SEC & School Communications, focusing on outreach for middle and high schoolers. Being a latina, one of her biggest achievements is MCR’s new “language coordinators” position, which was established by Shairee & her, this past year. 

 

Ashley is the first ever MCR Vice President and Officer from Gaithersburg in over 36 years, therefore, outreach has become her favorite topic in advocacy. This year, Ashley plans on creating a more accessible & welcoming environment within MCR, extending outreach to students of all backgrounds.

 

Outside of MCR, Ashley works with MASC, plays varsity field hockey & serves as Gaithersburgs SGA President! She also plays alto saxophone and is Mid Brass section leader for marching band. Ashley, has worked in MCPS Classrooms as a teacher aid since 4th grade and in the future, hopes to major in Secondary Administrative Education and Psychology, making her way back into the advocacy world in MCPS!

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Maahe Kunvar - Treasurer

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Maahe (she/her) is a junior in the MC² program at Northwest High School working towards her Associate’s degree in Math at MC. Since 2018, she has been committed to MoCo EmpowHER, MoCo For Change, and various BoE workgroups, to fight for socioeconomic, racial, and gender-based equity. Maahe last served in MCR as a Mental Health Advocacy Coordinator, through which she spearheaded mental health reform countywide. Previously, she unified SGAs and lead outreach efforts in MCPS’ Lower North cluster as Cluster Liaison. 

 

Being the 2nd ever officer from Northwest, as the Treasurer, Maahe is excited about the grant program, and various fundraising and charity efforts. She is ecstatic to spearhead policy and outreach initiatives this year and looks forward to the first-ever initiative of a finalized fiscal budget for the 2021-2022 school year. This year, she aims to support MCR’s entire General Assembly of students with MCR's resources. 

 

Outside of advocacy, you will find Maahe on stage performing, playing field hockey and running track, painting, doing grassroots, or traveling! In the future, she hopes to combine her passions in STEM and public policy.

Queen Balina - Secretary

Queen Balina (she/her) is a senior at Winston Churchill High School, and this is her second year in MCR. Before being elected Secretary, she served as a press deputy in the Public Relations department, where she wrote articles ranging from conflict prevention and sexual harassment to the underrepresentation of certain schools in countywide student advocacy.

 

When it comes to her leadership, Queen highlights the important perspective students have in the educational system. This year, she hopes to translate her experience bringing student voice to the forefront of discussions on the county level as an MCPS intern to her role as MCR Secretary. Her goal is to make MCR more accessible and transparent to all high school students in MCPS.

 

Outside of MCR, Queen spends her time looking for ways to contribute to her broader community. She serves as Secretary-General for Churchill’s Model United Nations team, tutors elementary and middle school students for Scotland Storm, and spent the summer interning as a biomedical associate for a local small business. Because of this passion for helping others, Queen hopes to contribute to public health and health policy as an epidemiologist.

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