School board bids farewell to student member -- Gazette.Net


During its June 27 meeting, the Prince George’s County Board of Education bid farewell to student member Shabnam Ahmed, who completed her one-year-term in office.

In her farewell speech, Ahmed of Bowie, who recently graduated from Bowie High School and will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall, said she learned a lot during her time on the board.

“I’ve gained a new perspective on the county I have lived in my entire life. I have soaked up the good, the bad and everything in between,” Ahmed said. “My time on the board was an interesting yet memorable experience that I will take with me when I go off to college. I hope that my experiences and efforts have helped the board evolve and in turn change the dynamics of the school system for the better.”

Board vice chairwoman Carolyn Boston thanked Ahmed for her service and said, “I hope the experiences you’ve learned will be of use for you in your future endeavors. I appreciate your persistence. I think you advocated really well for your fellow students well.”

Board chair Segun Eubanks listed Ahmed’s accomplishments, which included helping launch the Prince George’s County student government website, provided scholarship information to students, introduced a new method of monitoring bullying in schools and established the superintendent’s student advisory council.

Ahmed is the recipient of the 2013 Superintendent Scholarship for Excellence in Education for Prince George’s County Public Schools and the Prince George’s County Council Leadership Scholarship. She was also named a Congressional Award Gold Medalist for the state of Maryland by the U.S. Congress, Eubanks said.

“Thank you for your outstanding leadership. You represented the students well,” Eubanks said.

Ahmed’s successor will be introduced at the board’s Aug. 14 meeting.