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Prince George’s County school board has a new student member

The general election isn’t until November, but the Prince George’s County school board has a new member: Shabnam Ahmed.

Ahmed, a junior at Bowie High School, was recently elected to represent the student body on the school board.

She will be sworn in on August 15.

If Ahmed’s last name sounds familiar, you’ve been paying attention.

Ahmed’s older sister, Raaheela, 18, toppled the school board chair, Verjeana Jacobs (District 5), in the primary election earlier this year. Jacobs and Raaheela Ahmed will go head to head in the fall.

“I appreciate this opportunity and I’m really glad I was able to be voted into this position,” Shabnam Ahmed said. “It’s a humbling experience for me and I hope to accomplish what I set out to do.”

Ahmed has served as president of the National Honor Society at Bowie High School. She is also a member of the music honor society, the tennis team and the math and poetry clubs. Two of her priorities are reinstating athletic programs in the middle schools (a victim of budget cuts) and bringing outside food vendors into school cafeterias.

Ahmed was elected by a group of students who represent various high schools.

As a student member, Ahmed can vote on most issues facing the board, except those dealing with the budget and personnel.

Ahmed will replace Faith Jackson, the valedictorian of Charles H. Flowers High School, who plans to attend Harvard University in the fall.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.


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