Three Finalists Named for BCPS Student Board of Education Member

Three BCPS juniors – Nicholas Dimitriades of Towson High School, Kayla Drummond
of Parkville High School, and Nathan Harris of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and
Technology — have emerged as the final candidates for student member of the Board of
Education of Baltimore County for the 2023-2024 school year.

The trio were selected following application reviews and Jan. 25 interviews with a panel of
students and staff.

Dimitriades participates in the Law and Public Policy program at Towson High. He is an AP
Scholar Award recipient and won the 2020 Baltimore County Bar Association Essay Contest. He
serves as vice president of the Towson High Class of 2024 and as communications director for
the school’s Model United Nations Conference, and he has been a member of the school’s law
and public policy executive board during his freshman and junior years. He has been a member
of the Towson High Model Congress Club and Model UN Club since 2020, and worked on the
campaigns of both Katie Curran O’Malley for Maryland Attorney General and Peter Franchot for
Maryland Governor.

Drummond has been an honor roll student at Parkville all three years she has been there and
currently serves as a class officer and in leadership roles in the school’s AVID Club and Student
Council, and in the One Love Club. She is a National Society of High School Scholars Ambassador
and member of the Rho Kappa National Honor Society, and she has been a member of
Parkville’s varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads. Active in community service, she has
volunteered at Manna House, the Love for Our Elders program, and at AVID Family Night. She
has also worked as a camp counselor at the YMCA of Central Maryland.

Harris is also an honor roll student and is a member of the English National Honor Society and
the Spanish Honor Society. He is the co-founder of the Modern Woman Project, an arts-based
advocacy project focused on the struggles of women in the post-Covid era and works with
artists, galleries, and non-profits to help raise funds for women’s organizations. Harris also is an
AMP Global Scholar and has held leadership positions in the UNICEF Club, STAND (a student-led
movement to end global mass atrocities), and the Peabody Dance Preparatory of Johns Hopkins
University. He has participated in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and was class
vice president in 2021-2022.

Middle and high school students will cast online ballots on Thursday, Mar. 23, for one of the
three candidates. This is the third year, due to a change in Maryland law, that BCPS students
will directly select the student member of the Board without approval from the governor.
Videotaped speeches from the two candidates will be available online, on BCPS-TV, and in
selected English language arts and social studies classes from Tuesday, Feb. 21, to Friday, Feb.
24. Also during that week, middle and high school students will be able to submit questions to
the three candidates. Videos of the candidates answering selected questions will be available
for online viewing on Thursday, March 23. On that same day, student voting will take place online
from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Visit the Student Member of the Board selection webpage for more information about the
balloting process.

B.J. Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later in 2022.

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