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March 1, 2007

Blair junior selected as SMOB candidate

by Johanna Gretschel, Online Managing Editor
Blair junior Will Bucher is one of two candidates in the countywide Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) election to be held in April. Student delegates from Montgomery County high schools and middle schools selected Bucher and Walter Johnson junior Ben Moskowitz for the SMOB candidacy at the 30th SMOB nominating convention this afternoon.

The three preliminary candidates - Bucher, Moskowitz and Blake junior Chris Yates - opened the convention with prepared speeches outlining their respective platforms. Bucher's main platform focused on direct student action in response to unsatisfactory school policies, as opposed to empty negotiations between students and staff. Moskowitz's extended platform included creating a teacher evaluation system similar to that of Montgomery College and adding driver's ed to the MCPS curriculum while Yates' platform included smaller class sizes and expanding the SMOB's voting rights.

Blair senior Terence McPherson, president of the Montgomery County Region (MCR) of the Maryland Association of Student Councils, hosted a closed question and answer session with the candidates. Candidates answered questions on topics pre-selected by the MCR Special Election Committee, including diversity in MCPS. Bucher said that while MCPS is one of the highest-testing counties in the nation, county schools do not do enough to minimize the discrepancy between the suspension of black students and that of white students.

The closed question and answer session was then expanded into a forum, with student delegates free to ask the candidates questions.

Bucher views Moskowitz as good competition and hopes to win over Yates' supporters. "I think now that Chris Yates [is not running]," he said, "I can begin appealing to a voting bloc that was previously unavailable to me."

Bucher believes his participation in extracurricular activities gives him an insight into the MCPS educational system that he will bring with him to the Board of Education if elected. He is confident in his chances to become Blair's fourth SMOB, joining John Foubert (SMOB 1985-1986), Shervin Pishevar (1991-1992) and Sebastian Johnson (2005-2006). "I am confident that I will make it to the boardroom," he said.

Election day is April 25 for all MCPS high school students.



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  • senior on March 2, 2007 at 2:28 PM
    does anyone know why seniors vote even though we're gonna be gone next year?
  • meh on March 3, 2007 at 6:59 PM
    anyone think its a little sad that the person who couldnt even win the school election is running for smob? at least if he wins it means hell be out of school and away from us a lot of the time.
  • junior on March 3, 2007 at 10:02 PM
    YAY WILL!!!!!!!
    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!
  • SSS on March 4, 2007 at 1:36 PM
    cackle doodle doo
    we don't support you
  • w/e on March 4, 2007 at 3:34 PM
    wht is the point about SMOB??i mean it is jst gonna ruin our lives in high school than already is..high school is supposed to b the best year of ur life..not really...
  • Liberal on March 4, 2007 at 3:43 PM
    I officially announce that I, Liberal, fully endorse Will Bucher for SMOB. He will be a strong candidate for SMOB and he is not just a policy no-it-all. He has the intuition to make Montgomery County Public Schools a better place to learn and interact with others.
  • capn crunch (View Email) on March 4, 2007 at 5:57 PM
    to w/e:

    what exactly are you trying to say?
  • Re: Liberal on March 4, 2007 at 7:03 PM
    yeah right - you don't even know what you're talking about. If you had any sense, you would know that Ben Moskowitz is the only candidate with any potential of making MCPS better. Bucher doesn't know what he is doing - and you are a fool for supporting him.
  • lol on March 4, 2007 at 7:15 PM
    you sure you want to endorse bucher?...
  • hum on March 4, 2007 at 8:59 PM
    therez a reason why he didn't win the blair election...
  • Avi Silber on March 5, 2007 at 7:44 AM
    For those who witnessed the nominating convention,
    Will knew more about board decisions and what not than either of the other two candidates, including moskowitz, although he was the only of the three who hadn't been involved in MCR.
    I was even impressed, the boys got this won, and rightfully. Liberal is definitely not a fool for supporting him.
  • ok but.. on March 5, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    avi isnt exactly unbiased
  • jew for life on March 5, 2007 at 5:00 PM
    yeah big willie ;)
  • um on March 5, 2007 at 5:09 PM
    will is all talk, no action...i mean, in elections last year he kept trying to promise open lunch and a bunch of other dumb **** that will never happen...plus he has no experience, as he's too busy partying and reporting facebook groups that say one bad thing about him...
  • go ben (View Email) on March 5, 2007 at 7:37 PM
    i also witnessed the nominating convention and will had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. it was clear that ben is by far the best candidate and that will doesn't know what he is doing.
  • Libertarian (View Email) on March 5, 2007 at 7:41 PM
    Well as long as people who post on SCO are endorsing candidates I'd like to take the time here to endorse Will Bucher as well. No offense to Ben Moskowitz, but he seems too much like the typical board candidate who gives empty promises and then feels no need to follow them once elected. I know Will and I know he does NOT break promises, and he takes the time to be informed when undertaking a task. From what I'd heard about him before the SGA election I expected him to go up and make a mockery of the election, but he made very good points and I still don't understand how Hysen won, despite the fact that I think he's done a great job so far with what he can. Will knew what he was talking about and was very calm and rational but also expressed the ideas of challenging authority that are so lacking in today's government. Challenging authority for the sake of challenging authority is wrong. Challenging it because it has overstepped it's bounds is not only a right, but a duty of a student leader and Student Member of the Board. I believe Will Bucher will do this the best and I fully endorse him as the Student Member of the MCPS Board of Education for 2007-2008.
  • re: libertarian on March 5, 2007 at 9:48 PM
    "Challenging authority for the sake of challenging authority is wrong. Challenging it because it has overstepped it's bounds is not only a right, but a duty of a student leader and Student Member of the Board."

    I'm sure you are aware that Will did not go on the Wallops Island field trip because he refused to sign his name on the permission form as Will, but instead wanted to sign as "Rooster" (the rational behind this will be left to an entirely different debate). Will could gone had he just signed his name differently. Would you consider this challenging authority because it has overstepped it's bounds? I would call it challenging authority for the sake of challenging authority (and gaining nothing from it).
  • Libertarian (View Email) on March 5, 2007 at 10:04 PM
    "avi isnt exactly unbiased" - ok but..

    No one is, does that make his opinion any less valid than yours?

    "will is all talk, no action...i mean, in elections last year he kept trying to promise open lunch and a bunch of other dumb **** that will never happen" - um

    Well as of now, the SMOB has the power to talk, that's it. Same with SGA President. Look at Eric Hysen. They have no power to begin with, Will will definitely try to change that and if not successful will make it be known the way it is instead of Hysen using the little power he does have to the advantage of the students and not pointing out that he really has no power.

    "plus he has no experience, as he's too busy partying and reporting facebook groups that say one bad thing about him..." - um

    What experience do you need to talk to the BOE about their decisions? You need to be able to identify with the students, listen to them, and fight for their interests. Will can do that very well so I believe he has all the qualifications he needs. Also if you read on facebook it specifically says groups against a particular group or person will not be tolerated. The group was specifically against him, what did you expect?

    "i also witnessed the nominating convention and will had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. it was clear that ben is by far the best candidate and that will doesn't know what he is doing." - go ben

    Can you please expand a little bit as most people, including me, weren't there and would like to know what was going on. I don't know much about Ben, from what I've heard he may make a great SMOB, but I KNOW Will Bucher will, so unless Ben is able to convince me fast that he will be able to better job than Will, my vote goes to Will.
  • shag on March 6, 2007 at 2:53 PM
    zach, that's not really true... smob is allowed to vote, so the position does have a little power. also about the convention: whenever will was asked a question he gave vaguely related information then went off on a tangent. basically he didn't directly answer a single question, while ben was actually rational.
  • (View Email) on March 7, 2007 at 2:43 PM
    "zach, that's not really true" - shag

    Who's zach???
  • Someone you may know on March 7, 2007 at 8:14 PM
    Oops. Think someone let the cat out of the bag.
  • ??? (View Email) on March 9, 2007 at 11:29 AM
    "Someone you may know :: 3/7/2007, 8:14 PM
    Oops. Think someone let the cat out of the bag."

    Am I missing something???
  • Read between the lines on March 10, 2007 at 8:12 PM
    to ???

    when "shag" addressed "zach" he accidentally (or not) identified the true name of "Libertarian" (a frequent poster).

    when "Someone you may know" responded, they noticed the slip "shag" made in pointing out the identity of "Libertarian," which has been a mystery for a long time.

    at least that's how i interpreted it...
  • Bio nerd on March 11, 2007 at 4:04 PM
    Election day is happening on DNA Day.
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