The Prince George’s County Board of Education bid farewell to its student board member, Rukiyat Muse-Ariyoh, 17, of Upper Marlboro, during its June 26 meeting.
Muse-Ariyoh graduated from Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale in June, and will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park, where she plans to major in chemical engineering, she said.
During her one-year term in office, Muse-Ariyoh created a CEO advisory council, comprised of students, to input and advice to the school system CEO Kevin Maxwell, partnered with the Oxon Hill Student Government Association to hold a multi-school Peace Summit and the initiation of a driver’s education program in the school system, expected be implemented in 2015.
Muse-Ariyoh thanked the school system’s students for the support she has received during her term, and thanked her fellow board members and staff for being her “second family.”
Board chairman Segun Eubanks thanked Muse-Ariyoh for her service.
“It is so critically important to have the voice of students at the table, and Ms. Muse-Ariyoh really helped us ‘keep it real’, and reminded us what this is really about, which is the students,” Eubanks said.
Jeffrey Taylor, a senior at Henry Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, will succeed Muse-Ariyoh as student board member. Taylor will take office at the first school board meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year, scheduled for Aug. 28.