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April 24, 2005

Silver Chips Online endorses Sebastian Johnson

by Grace Harter, Page Editor
Silver Chips Online offers its full support to Sebastian Johnson in the upcoming Student Member of the Board (SMOB) election. Blair junior Johnson is campaigning against Kennedy junior Nadia Sicard for student votes on April 27, the election date.

Elected SMOBs are students' voice and representation to the School Board. These candidates are supposed to characterize the opinions and needs of their constituents. Silver Chips Online feels that of the two contenders, Johnson best represents the students of Blair and the rest of MCPS and is the stronger of the two candidates.

Although only 16, Johnson has an extensive resume of leadership positions and has long been dedicated to school politics. He served as the Student Government Association's (SGA) president at Takoma Park Middle School in eighth grade and as Blair's first junior SGA president. As president of Blair's SGA, Johnson has managed to steadily improve the county's largest high school and please a wide variety of constituents. His dealings with such a diverse school clearly give him a distinct advantage over Sicard.

Perhaps the most refreshing aspect about Johnson is his clear-cut stance on important issues and his direct speech. Johnson is well aware that many students feel SMOBs are rarely accessible to students after the election. "Current efforts by the SMOB to communicate with students, the biggest being the Student Advisory Committee, have had mixed success," Johnson writes in his official profile. "I hope to better communicate with students." His concession that SMOBs have not always fulfilled their duties in the past demonstrates Johnson's maturity and thorough understanding of his prospective office. His interest in revitalizing the role of the SMOB station illustrates his decisiveness and qualities as a leader. Students can rest assured that Johnson will be an honest and influential representative.

Johnson has voiced strong opinions regarding issues pressing to Blair. Most importantly, he supports more funding for Red Zone schools like Blair. As a Blazer, he is well versed on the challenges faced by students in down county schools and would be able to adequately inform the board on the quality of education he has received.

One of the most urgent issues in the county is the achievement gap. The staggering difference between the accomplishments of whites and Asians versus blacks and Hispanics on standardized tests has been the cause of consternation in schools such as Blair. Johnson strongly believes in encouraging more minority students to enroll in Honors and Gifted and Talented (GT) classes throughout middle school and high school to bolster minority achievement and to even the playing field between MCPS students.

Johnson's realistic outlook on his prospective role as SMOB is refreshing. Although he supports exempting students from exams who obtain an A for both quarters, Johnson says he wants to spend his time on more pressing issues. He is well aware of the School Board's opposition to double-A exemption and feels his time and power would be better put to use on issues like minority achievement, where he feels he can make a definite and positive impact.

To view the profiles of both candidates, click here. Voting is on April 26 and 27.



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  • Surprise! on April 24, 2005 at 11:40 PM
    SURPRISE!!!
  • :: on April 24, 2005 at 11:41 PM
    go sebbie!
  • johnson suppoter on April 24, 2005 at 11:44 PM
    let me be clear that sebastian johnson has my full support for smob. but i think it would have been a good call on sco's part to have had this endorsement written by someone who was not indeed a very close friend of johnson's. just a thought.
  • 06 on April 25, 2005 at 8:08 AM
    we love sebi =D "the seaweed is always green-ah in somebody else's lake"
  • Beth on April 25, 2005 at 10:31 AM
    GO SEBASTIAN!!!
    If I was voting, I'd vote for you!!!
  • Anonymously Liberal (View Email) on April 25, 2005 at 10:49 AM
    Question on Sebastian--is he willing to go as far as forcing Magnet affirmative action, or will he just try encouraging more minorities to apply and do well?
  • The New Frontier on April 25, 2005 at 11:28 AM
    We endorse Nadia Sicard.
  • yay on April 25, 2005 at 11:58 AM
    sebi for smob!
  • sarah on April 25, 2005 at 12:17 PM
    goooooooooooo sebastian!
  • Anonymous on April 25, 2005 at 2:05 PM
    yayyyy sebi!!
  • <3 sebi <3 on April 25, 2005 at 4:59 PM
    SEBI RULES!
  • yeah on April 25, 2005 at 6:26 PM
    Sebi's going to pwn this thing. Nadia looked like a mannequin in the videos today.
  • dahandles on April 25, 2005 at 6:31 PM
    huh, I know Nadia Sicard, she went to middle school with me at Argyle!...cool beans.
  • Yeah! on April 25, 2005 at 6:52 PM
    Yeah SeBas (i heard that was your nickname from a friend)

    He's already won my vote with vending machine policy changes :D
  • sebi supporter on April 25, 2005 at 7:13 PM
    i've known sebastian since 7th grade and he's a really cool person. he was always liked politics so he knows what he's doing. VOTE FOR SEBI!
  • asdf on April 25, 2005 at 7:18 PM
    nadia has no chance. did you see the videos??? SHEWASSO FAKE! and she didnt answer any qs.
  • ? on April 25, 2005 at 9:48 PM
    why wouldnt sco support seb. he goes to blair..........but i love him!
  • go sebi on April 26, 2005 at 12:13 AM
    yeah, sebi is definitely the right choice...i'd much rather vote for him, a competent SMOB, versus Nadia, who only has "communication" but not "strategy" in her vocabulary.
  • Jay Asbell on April 27, 2005 at 4:46 PM
    Blair's results for the SMOB election: Sebi-2186 Nadia-186

    (as printed off the totals report of the voting machine)
  • word on April 27, 2005 at 9:19 PM
    he won!
  • insider on April 28, 2005 at 8:26 AM
    word on the street has it that sebastian won!
  • uhhh on April 29, 2005 at 9:15 AM
    uhh duh, youre a high school newspaper. youre "endorsment" is you trying to sound important but its a friggin student at your school who else would you endorse. why didnt you endorse any one the people runing from SGA?
  • Anonymous on May 1, 2005 at 1:01 PM
    So who won the SGA positions and the SMOB election? I was gone since Thursday.
  • Jay Asbell (View Email) on May 16, 2005 at 8:37 PM
    The election is way over, take this off the front page
  • Sean on October 4, 2005 at 2:55 PM
    the election will always live on
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