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In 2012, Student Member of the Board of Education John Mannes created a countywide press network to help build a conduit to share fresh and relevant information written by youths to the wider Montgomery County student body. As a part of the Student Member of the Board’s Student Advisory Council (SAC), John helped supervise the MoCo Student along with SAC Press Secretary Jessica Li, a student at Richard Montgomery High School. When John graduated from Northwest High School and his term as Student Member of the Board came to a close in June 2013, the MoCo Student separated from the Student Advisory Council and began to expand as a countywide student newspaper not affiliated with the Student Member of the Board. Today, the MoCo Student has over 40 writers, artists, filmmakers, and editors from middle and high schools across Montgomery County.

MoCo Student journalism workshops

A drawing by a 7-year-old student after a series of sessions on photojournalism.

The MoCo Student also conducts weekly or biweekly writing, journalism, and photojournalism workshops for students in elementary school. Many of the workshops highlight school or neighborhood news and relate key parts of journalism’s modern history.






MCPS high school cluster map

Current Staff

The MoCo Student is currently recruiting students to serve as press correspondents, graphic artists, and filmmakers for the 2014-15 school-year. If you or someone you know are interested in getting involved in the MoCo Student, fill out our application at mocostudent.org/join!

Editors (click here for section editors’ biographies)


Graphic Artists