Meet the Officers
Shairee Arora - President
Shairee (she/her) is a senior and International Baccalaureate candidate at Richard Montgomery High School. This is Shairee’s second year as President and third year as an Officer. During her 7 years of involvement in student government, Shairee has worked hard to make student advocacy more accessible and get more students involved. As President last year, Shairee is proud of spearheading the return to in-person and hybrid executive board meetings and helping coordinate the first-ever MCR federal advocacy week.
This year, Shairee hopes to make the most of her last year in MCR by increasing outreach to even more students, revitalizing task forces, and getting to know and work with the lovely executive board and general assembly.
In her free time, Shairee loves to play piano, hang out with her friends, and be a part of her school’s mock trial team. In the future, Shairee plans on studying business in college before heading to law school.
Michelle Wong - Vice President
Michelle (she/her) is a senior and International Baccalaureate candidate at Richard Montgomery High School. She has been involved in student advocacy for seven years, and started out in MCR as a Legislative Affairs Deputy before becoming Chief of Staff for the Policy departments. Last year, she single-handedly coordinated MCR's very first Capitol Hill Advocacy Week, allowing student advocates to meet with and lobby their federal representatives for student issues nationwide.
This year, Michelle is excited to expand MCR's advocacy and policy initiatives, as well as continue outreach to all students. She plans to spearhead the implementation of MCR's Leadership Academy and work more closely with other advocacy organizations in the county, creating a unified voice for MCPS students.
Outside of MCR, Michelle is the president of the Asian American Progressive Student Union, stage manager and senior board member for her school's drama program, and is researching healthcare disparities for a local nonprofit. She also enjoys biking, making smoothies, and watching movies. In the future, Michelle plans to pursue a career in healthcare administration and policy.
Anusha Krishnan - Treasurer
Anusha Krishnan (she/her) is a junior 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 levels. She is currently her class Vice President and is the Publications Coordinator 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. She now works with the newly created service and finance department to achieve her goals of increased outreach for the grant program, transparency with the MCR budget, and creating a collaborative and friendly environment within MCR.
She hopes to put more emphasis on the grant program this year to make sure every school and student is aware of the resources available from MCR. 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!
Pratiksha Das - Secretary
Pratiksha (she/her) is a senior in the Bioscience Academy at Wheaton High School and is also completing her Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification at Thomas Edison High School of Technology. This is her third year in MCR where she previously served as a School Communications Director and a DCC Regional Liaison. During her time, Pratiksha has worked towards connecting all 26 MCPS high schools and their SGAs & specifically outreaching to underrepresented students in MCPS.
Being the first officer from Wheaton in 35 years, Pratiksha feels very strongly about making advocacy equitable for all students, regardless of zip code. This year, she aims to come up with creative initiatives to welcome more high schoolers into advocacy, including neurodivergent and ESOL students, as well as to revamp our Advocacy Task Forces to make them more accessible to students.
Other than MCR, Pratiksha is the founder of ProjectDCC, an organization that fights for equity for downcounty students. She spends her time compiling resources and opportunities for DCC students to get involved in advocacy and to prepare for college. Additionally, she serves as Wheaton’s SGA President! Outside of advocacy, you can find Pratiksha snuggled up reading a novel, working a job as a tutor for kids, or dancing! In the future, Pratiksha hopes to study neuroscience on the premed track and pursue some form of social justice on the side.