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.

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.

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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.

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.

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