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, with both Jessica Li and Richard Yarrow leading it as Editors-in-Chief. Today, the MoCo Student has over 60 writers, artists, filmmakers, and editors from middle and high schools across Montgomery County.
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.
The MoCo Student has a strong and diverse staff of over 60 students from over 20 MCPS high schools. 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)
Selin Altintas, Editor-in-Chief
Leigh Cook, Editor-in-Chief
Richard Yarrow, Editor-in-Chief
Logan Dreher, Arts and Culture
Emily Zhang, Community
Mahya Bigdeli, MCPS
Deepti Agnihotri, Opinions
Max Moss, Politics
Max Cohen, School News
Cynthia Song, Graphics
Ben Polster, Videos
Garven Hadden IV