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New student member joins Prince George’s school board

Rukayat Muse-Ariyoh, a rising senior at Charles H. Flowers High School, was recently elected to serve as the student member on the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

“I hope to be the voice of the students,” said Muse-Ariyoh, 16, who is a member of the science and technology program at her school.

Muse-Ariyoh said she is waiting to learn more about how the school board, which was recently restructured, operates and to hear from the students who elected her before deciding what issues she wants to pursue during her one-year term.

“As the school year starts to develop I’ll have a more detailed platform,” she said. “The main goal is that we are always focusing on the students’ education and making it better no matter what.”

Muse-Ariyoh, a member of the National Honor Society and Student Government Association, is president of the Muslim Student Association at her school. She is also the treasurer of the Class of 2014 at Flowers.

Muse-Ariyoh plays varsity soccer and lacrosse and enjoys reading and traveling.

She was elected to the one-year term by a group of students who represent various high schools.

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

Muse-Ariyoh replaces Shabnam Ahmed, who plans to attend the University of Maryland this fall.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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