Advisory Board

MCSS Student Focus Group

​2021-2022 Student Focus Group Applications Now CLOSED.

The March 31, 2021 deadline has passed. The Student Focus Group Selection Committee will be reviewing applications and reaching out to applicants in the next few weeks. We appreciate the time and energy more than 80 students put into completing and submitting an application. To those who did not get a chance to apply, we encourage you to apply next year should you continue to be interested in our work and school safety in Maryland. Be sure to follow MCSS and the Student Focus Group on social media (@SafeSchoolsMD) to see the work that your fellow students will be doing to help keep schools safer.​

About The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) Student Focus Group

The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) Student Focus Group was created to ensure that Maryland youth are given the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations regarding school safety issues that are pertinent to them. Members must be in Middle School or High School (as of September 1, 2021 for those applying for the 2021-2022 cycle). They must serve a one year term through June 2021 to June 2022 and, during that period, attend at least 75% of all monthly meetings in order to be considered for reappointment.



As a group of diverse students from across the state, the members of the MCSS Student Focus Group address pertinent school safety issues by: 

● Representing the perspective of their region by closely interacting with the student member of the Advisory Board to the Subcabinet of the Maryland Center for School Safety 

● Helping to devise marketing tactics for and provide feedback on existing MCSS initiatives 

● Surveying their county's/city's students on topics deemed by MCSS to shape future initiatives 

● Acting as a pilot group for implementing new ideas 

2020-2021 Appointment Process:

As Focus group members were appointed by the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC). Applications to apply were available on the MASC website through October 30, 2019 to February 23, 2020. Interviews to narrow the pool of twenty-six applicants were conducted through April 18, 2020 to April 25, 2020 and twelve students (each from different counties) were selected by the selection committee.​

2020-2021 School Safety Student Focus Group Members

​Student Name ​Grade ​County
Praise Ben ​11th Grade ​Prince George's County
Kevin Bokoum ​11th Grade ​Washington County
Claire Cabral ​9th Grade ​Baltimore County
Madeline Gordy ​10th Grade ​Frederick County
Grace Herron ​11th Grade ​Harford County
Lillian Hicks ​10th Grade ​Montgomery County
Eleanor Karueh ​12th Grade ​Howard County
Hiba Khan ​12th Grade ​Charles County
Emily Kim ​12th Grade ​Carroll County
Henry Meiser ​10th Grade ​Saint Mary’s County
Justin Peleska ​11th Grade ​Anne Arundel County


The Maryland Center for School Safety confirmed appointments to the 2020-2021 Maryland Center for School Safety Student Focus Group.

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