Advisory Board

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 

2021-2022 School Safety Student Focus Group Members

Melany Benites, Prince George’s County
Claire Cabral, Baltimore County
Mason Carter, Frederick County
Emelia Crown, Baltimore City
Lucinda Diehl, Carroll County
Brendon Dunne, Worcester County
Panagiotis Fafalios, Baltimore County
Lena Fisher, Frederick County
Taylor Gepes-Carroll, Frederick County
Abigail Giroux, Baltimore City
Roah Hassan, Baltimore County
Ye ji (Sophie) Kang, Howard County
Julianna Lewis, Cecil County
Peyton McDonald, Allegany County
Henry M., St. Mary’s County
Jordan Mueller, Anne Arundel County
Bethany Niehaus, Dorchester County
Paige P., Calvert County
Jack Putnam, Frederick County
Raine Schultze, Frederick County
Heidi Stephens, Cecil County
Pranshu Tyagi, Montgomery County
Schuyler Ward, Anne Arundel County
Hailey Wildesen, Garrett County
Claire Woynerowski, Anne Arundel County

2022-2023 Student Focus Group Applications

Interested in joining the Student Focus Group in 2022? Click here​.​

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