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Spotlight on 22-23 Student Representatives Helen Murphy and Luke Smith

Helen Murphy

Student Representative, Shorewood High School

Class of 2023

Helen Smith

What motivated you to become your school's student representative to the school board?

I was motivated to apply to be my school's school board rep because over the last school year, I saw a lot of frustration among my peers, particularly pertaining to the pandemic. I found that much of this frustration stemmed from a lack of communication between the district and students, and vice versa. As the school board representative this year, I want to build a bridge between students and the board, and create a sense of collaboration between the two. Last year's student representatives created an excellent proposal on the expansion of student voice, and I am especially excited to build those new levels of student voice this year.

How do you plan to represent your school's student voices to the school board this year?

As the school board faces new challenges this year, including the budget crisis and the ongoing issues related to the pandemic, I want to ensure that student's voices and perspectives are not left out of the discussion. At Shorewood, I've already begun what I consider a very productive conversation with our student council representatives about what the budget situation means for us, and I look forward to broadening those conversations on this and other issues to the rest of the student body. I also know that there are issues my peers deeply care about, including mental health, environmental sustainability, and educational opportunities. As the student board representative, I am excited to bring the concerns of my peers to the attention of the Board.

What do you hope to learn from serving as the student rep?

As someone who has always been interested in government, I am excited to have the opportunity to learn from experience how a governmental body operates. Additionally, being the student board representative is an incredible opportunity to learn more about education, a subject I have always been passionate about. I appreciate this opportunity to learn from the members of the Board, superintendent, and other district staff, as well as to collaborate with Shorecrest's student board rep on the issues most affecting students.

 

 

Lucas (Luke) Smith

Student Representative, Shorecrest High School

Class of 2023

What motivated you to become your school's student representative to the school board?

I was motivated to become School Board Representative because I wanted to take on a position where I could advocate for my peers and empower others to lead. It's an amazing opportunity to be involved in the big decisions and happenings in the district - and it's crucial to have a student voice in those decision-making processes so the school board can truly represent the students they are serving. I stepped up to the position because I hope to bring and expand that voice! 

How do you plan to represent your school's student voices to the school board this year?

I plan to follow through with the Expansion of Student Voice proposal passed by representatives Skylar and Yubi in June 2022. I plan to construct student voice committees and also follow through with the enactment of the Junior Representative position. I'm planning on reaching out to our school's clubs and affinity groups for input on school board matters, and I also plan to be an active member of the student council - open to the suggestions and input of my peers in that process. 

What do you hope to learn from serving as the student rep?

I hope to learn the parameters and guidelines of the Shoreline School Board, and I hope to learn ways in which best to advocate for different groups of people in our community! I also hope to learn more about law policies and legal matters relating to the school board and the City of Shoreline, to give me a wider and more educated perspective on governing bodies in the area.