Newly appointed Vice President of MCR, Hana O’Looney is facing an unprecedented challenge this year that former officers never had to worry about. With the recent news that the first semester of this school year is to be held entirely online, it would be reasonable suspicion to suggest that quarantine may come at a cost of productivity for the organization. However, in Hana’s view, the transition to fully-online interactions has done quite the contrary. An avid participant in
Upon scrolling through social media sophomore year, an interested and inquisitive volleyball playing and graphic design-loving high school girl came across a post from MCR-SGA. Having not one clue what this organization is, she joined with the hopes of learning more and getting involved with student advocacy. Starting as a PR deputy, Layna Teitelbaum knew only one person and was scared and apprehensive to go to meetings. As the year went by, however, this once clueless PR dep
With the world currently amidst a global pandemic and a time of uncertainty, MCR Treasurer and Whitman sophomore, Arvin Kim’s first year as an MCR officer has been anything but normal. However, he hasn’t, “Let quarantine or any cancellations affect,” him from pursuing his interests, “Like activism or from fulfilling obligations,” of being a treasurer. Instead, Kim has used his newfound excess of spare time to pick up hobbies like skating as well as fulfill his goals for MCR.
Caring, empathetic, hard-working, and most of all an organized extrovert: Meet Shairee Arora, this year’s MCR Secretary and rising sophomore at Richard Montgomery High School who has been involved in student government since she was in sixth grade. Before becoming Secretary, Shairee served as the Montgomery County Junior Council’s President in eighth grade and MCR’s Social Director in ninth grade. As a member of the Maryland Association of Student Councils, she has been a stu
On the evening of August 15th, MCR members, students, and educators alike gathered to attend the MCR Graphic Design workshop. MCR is an association committed to advocating for the students of MCPS, and MCR President and workshop leader, Layna Teitelbaum, emphasized the unique connection between graphic design and advocacy. Together, Teitelbaum and PR Media Director, Abby Matson, led the workshop that left the 45+ participants with knowledge of key elements of effective graphi
MCR wrapped up the weekend with another engaging and informative workshop led by PR Director, Pelin Altintas and EdPol Directors, Nada Fadul and Vicky Kidder. This workshop was presented in such a unique way compared to the others as it was two specific types of writing: Policy Papers and Press Release. The workshop began with introductions of the presenters, as well as MCR Vice President, Hana O’Looney. It was then followed with the basic objectives of what the workshop woul
“Lobbying, and virtual lobbying, is one of the best ways to get your voice heard,” stated Helena Aytenfisu, MCR’s director of Legislative Affairs. Indeed, Helena Aytenfisu and Maeve Sanford- Kelly’s Virtual Lobbying Workshop, held on August 1 as a part of MCR’s Weekend Summer Workshops, left participants equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to make their voices heard. Participants, some of whom attended the workshop because it “seemed like an interesting and engaging
In an informative and enriching forum, MCR executive board members and MCPS students and families were joined by Councilmember Evan Glass, Councilmember Will Jawando, Councilmember Hans Reimer, Sergeant Dan Helton, Chief of Police Marcus Jones, Officer Brandon McCloud, Officer Ed Clarke, and Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan for a discussion and look into the role of SRO’s in MCPS. Layna Teitelbaum and Vicky Kidder serving as moderators, the event began with a run down by