Meet the Officers
Pranav Tadikonda - President
Pranav is a senior at Richard Montgomery High School. He has been involved in countywide student government since 2013, when he was a sixth grader. Now in his seventh year of student leadership, Pranav has realized the value and power of the student voice in advocacy. He is the President of the largest executive board in MCR’s 50+ year history.
Aside from his role in student government, Pranav is a passionate dancer. He practices Indian Classical Dance, whole also planning to explore several other forms of dance in college and beyond. He also is an International Baccalaureate student.
Emnet Kahsay - Vice President
Emnet is a Senior and international Baccalaureate diploma candidate at Richard Montgomery High School. Emnet joined MCR in her sophomore year, as an Education Policy deputy, where she dedicated herself to researching and formulating a policy paper on segregated districting of MCPS. As Vice President, she hopes to push advocacy opportunities throughout MCR and all of MCPS, re-grounding MCR in its purpose- advocacy. This year, her focus has been spreading awareness of testimony opportunities through initiatives such as training students how to testify in front of the Board of Education.
When Emnet isn’t focused on MCR, she’s probably planning for MoCo EmpowHER, a countywide organization focused on networking and equipping girls for their careers. She also heads the Black Student Union at RM and loves spending time with her youth group, JGA, at IEEC. In the future, Emnet hopes to study political science & public policy before a career in immigration law.
Robert Wachen - Treasurer
Robert is a senior at Winston Churchill High School. Throughout Robert’s six years of involvement in countywide student advocacy, Robert has focused on increased accessibility and awareness of opportunities for students to connect with county officials and voice their opinions on pressing issues. This year, Robert holds fundraisers, obtains grants, and manages MCR’s largest budget in its 50+ year history. Robert, with the help of the Finance Department, reinstituted the MCR Grant Program to support local student advocacy and leadership initiatives.
In his free time, Robert plays the saxophone, makes websites, and participates in community service. Robert plans to study economics, government, and computer science in college.
Simon Debesai - Secretary
Simon is a Senior and international Baccalaureate diploma student at Springbrook High School. Since joining MCR-SGA in 2017, Simon has strived for an intersectional approach to student advocacy. Hailing from a historically underrepresented region of Montgomery County, Simon hopes to bring new perspectives to the MCR community. This year, Simon has been focused on developing relationships with outside organizations as well as handling the general maintenance of the organization through recording minutes, managing the email, and recording student participation.
In his free time, Simon enjoys swimming and other water-related activities. He often participates in other community based advocacy organizations as well. Simon plans to study evolutionary biology and environmental policy/governance in college.