Meade student is finalist for education post

Nina Huff, a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Meade High School, is one of four finalists to compete for the student representative seat on the Maryland State Board of Education. (Photo by Lisa R. Rhodes)

On Feb. 3, student members of the Maryland Association of Student Councils will cast an important vote.

They will vote for two students who will vie for a seat as the student representative for the Maryland State Board of Education.

Nina Huff, a sophomore at Meade High School, hopes to be one of the finalists. She is now one of four students who will be considered for the vote on Feb. 3.

A student in Meade’s International Baccalaureate Programme, the 15-year-old hopes to be one of the two finalists. Gov. Larry Hogan will appoint one of the finalists as the student representative to the board.

“I’m so in shock for such an amazing opportunity,” Nina said. “I’m very thankful. This is a good learning opportunity.”

If Nina is appointed by Hogan, she will represent the state’s high school students and help the board’s adult members establish statewide educational policies that affect students.

Meade High Principal John Yore, who nominated Nina for the student representative position, listed the qualifications.

“The person for this position must have a compassionate heart, good listening skills and a passion for serving others,” he said “He or she must see the world through a student’s perspective and be able to learn from and listen to the stakeholders, who are other students. …

“Nina is uniquely qualified for the position.”

Nina’s father William Huff is a retired Army colonel and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Her brother William is a sophomore at West Point. Nina’s mother Beata works as a lunch monitor at Pershing Hill Elementary School.

The president of Meade High’s Class of 2020, Nina intends to follow in her brother’s footsteps and attend West Point. She aspires to become a military doctor and travel the world helping others.

If she is appointed to the state Board of Education, Nina said she will promote policies to develop mentorship programs in high schools and policies that educate teens on properly using social media.

Nina is busy at Meade. She is a member of the high school’s varsity swim and volleyball teams. During the football season, she works in the concession stand at the school’s athletic stadium.

She is also a member of Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto’s Teen Advisory group and is vice president of Meade’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club.

“I’m a finalist and I think I have a high chance to get it,” Nina said of the upcoming vote. “I’m just so thankful already.

“This is a significant life lesson. … This is a positive experience for my future.”

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