Meet the Officers
Anusha Krishnan - President
Anusha Krishnan (she/her) is a senior at Poolesville High School in the Global Ecology Studies Program. She has been involved in student government since sixth grade taking on roles at the school, county, and state level. She is currently her school’s Vice President and is a certified presenter for the Maryland Association of Student Councils.
She introduced the role of Service Coordinator in 2020, planning drives, donations, and service weeks throughout the year. She then continued as the first Workshop Coordinator teaching and training other students for certification and last year, she worked with her newly created service and finance department as treasurer to achieve her goals of increased outreach for the grant program and transparency with the MCR budget. This year as president, she hopes to shed more light on resources available in the county, create an MCR Alumni/Mentorship Program, increase publicity, and continue to foster a collaborative and friendly environment within the board.
Aside from MCR, Anusha enjoys listening to music and going to concerts, spending time with friends, horseback riding, and working at her favorite restaurant Thai Tanium! She is looking forward to meeting everyone and cannot wait to begin!
Praneel Suvarna - Vice President
Praneel Suvarna (he/him) is a junior at Clarksburg High School. This is his second year in MCR and he previously worked as the environmental task force coordinator. He is currently the junior class president where he leads his gradewide SGA. During his time as the environmental task force coordinator, he testified to the board on the inclusion of more sustainable practices within MCPS. This past summer Praneel also worked in MCPS central office under the Department of the COS, working to improve MCPS practices.
This year, Praneel is excited to see the projects that come out of the Task Forces Department. He is especially excited to see the work of the new Opioid and Drug Overdose taskforce. He looks forward to working with the other officers to propel MCR forward and create meaningful change in our school system.
Besides MCR, Praneel enjoys wrestling where he has been on the varsity lineup for the past three years. He heavily enjoys his time within his school’s chamber choir where he has performed at the governor’s inauguration and the world music festival. He enjoys going on bike rides with friends and late-night walks. He is extremely excited to work with you all this year.
Nico D'Orazio - Treasurer
Nico (he/him) is a senior at Thomas S. Wootton High School. This is his fourth year in student advocacy, and second year in MCR. Prior to being elected Treasurer, Nico was an Education Policy Deputy. In this role, he led much of the planning for the Mental Health forum, wrote policy papers, and testified. Nico is also the Historian of the Maryland Association of Student Councils, and is involved in many other roles county and state-wide.
This year, Nico has created an MCR School Membership Financial Aid program and hopes to award 3 rounds of grants. In order to do so, Nico is preparing many fundraisers and will begin an MCR Alumni program. He has also released the first ever MCR Advance merch, and plans to coordinate many more merch sales.
Outside of MCR & student council, Nico works with the MCPS Department of College and Career Readiness as an Education Policy Apprentice, gearing up for a future in policymaking. In his free time, Nico loves taking sunset drives through farmland, hiking, skiing, and hanging out with friends. He cannot wait to work with everyone and make tangible change this year!!
Sophie Nguyen - Secretary
Sophie Nguyen (she/her) is a junior at Rockville High School in the PLTW Biomedical Science Program. This is her third year in MCR, starting out as an Educational Policy Deputy before becoming one of the Edpol Directors. Over the past two years, she worked with her department to host a mental health forum with over 40 participants, introduce “Issue of the Month,” and write policy papers on issues pertaining to students in the county.
This year, Sophie is excited to work with the Policy and Advocacy Initiatives Departments to introduce opportunities for students to directly provide input on MCPS policies through testifying or placement on workgroups. She plans on using innovative ways to expand outreach to all high schools, increase awareness about MCR, and ensure that everyone’s voice is represented at the board table.
Outside of MCR, Sophie is the Secretary of MoCo Students For Change, a youth organization that mobilizes students to take action on pressing issues in Montgomery County. She enjoys playing volleyball, learning how to code, and drinking iced matcha lattes with her friends! In the future, Sophie hopes to study public health or biomedical sciences on the pre-med track while finding ways to reduce disparities in the healthcare system.