Friday, December 26, 2014

Speaking up: Student reps bring unique insight to school board

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Da Vinci student Yasmin Kouchesfahani and Davis school board trustee Tim Taylor listen to a commenter during a recent meeting. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

By Anna Seban

Much is up in the air as far as who will serve on the Davis school board next year, with the November elections yet to determine who will fill the five elected seats.

But one thing that is known is that the terms of the two student board members will be drawing to a close before then.

Yasmin Kouchesfahani, a senior at Da Vinci Charter Academy, and Maddie Asta, a senior at Davis High School, have served as student representatives to the board during the spring semester, bringing insight and input from their classmates to board discussions.

Both are highly involved in their school communities and say that involvement is what drove them to seek a place on the school board.

“I’ve always been involved with school, and I thought that I could take it to the next level and be a representative of Da Vinci,” Kouchesfahani said.

A board members, they focus in particular on topics affecting Davis students.

“I use my experience and others’ experiences in elementary and junior high schools to speak on those matters,” Asta said.

Their input, in turn, gives the adult members of the board a student perspective, ensuring that students have a say in what is happening around them, especially on their campuses, Kouchesfahani and Asta said.

At Davis High, Asta uses student forums to listen to her peers and find out what the students think about certain issues.

“If there is an issue that the school board is discussing that directly relates to high school students, I make sure to talk to the students on campus about how they feel about the issue so I can speak with a more well-rounded opinion at school board meetings,” she explained.

Kouchesfahani’s main goal is to make sure Da Vinci is being included in discussions. As an enthusiastic student who is passionate about her school, she makes sure that the board and the greater community of Davis don’t forget about Da Vinci or let it become overshadowed by Davis High.

“I like to comment about things going on at Da Vinci, and ways that Da Vinci is doing well or could be improved on,” Kouchesfahani said. “I hope to continue to bring it up because Da Vinci is such a successful high school and I want it to be recognized.”

Both students’ insights and perspective ensure that the school board never makes a decision without the opinions and well-being of students in mind.

— Anna Seban is a student at Da Vinci Charter Academy.



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