2017-18 Student School Board Representatives
"The Student Voice - The Benefits of Student Representation on your Board" (Presentation)
Cedarcrest students Sophie Paradis (R) and Delaney Tobin (L) will serve as the 2017-18 Student School Board Representatives this year, joining the Riverview School District's School Board in a non-voting, advisory role.
Student Representatives provide insight and perspective to the Board, serving as a liaison between the students of Cedarcrest High School, as well as the rest of the school district. The students are required to attend all regular Board meetings during the academic year, give monthly reports at School Board meetings, share information on student activities, and discuss topics and concerns shared by the high school’s student council officers and additional student leadership throughout the district.
During the year, Student Representatives participate in Board training sessions, when invited, including the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) Annual Conference and the WSSDA Legislative Conference in Olympia. During the Legislative Conference, Sophie and Delaney will have the opportunity to meet with state legislators and advocate for education.
Sophie is in her second year on the School Board, serving as the Senior class representative, while Delaney was selected to serve as the Junior class representative. Student Representatives are nominated, submit an application, and undergo an interview process in the spring. The students each serve two-year terms.
The Riverview School District was among the first in the state of Washington to have Student Representatives serve on their School Board and Riverview’s including of students has been influential, as Riverview’s School Board Directors and Student Representatives have given presentations in years’ past on ways that other districts can initiate a student representative program.
“We value our student representatives as they bring a fresh perspective to our board,” said School Board Vice President Lori Oviatt. “All of our decisions always consider the student voice. Our students are amazing and help us to see issues through their eyes which affect their learning needs and our decisions.”
We congratulate both Sophie and Delaney for their ongoing service to the Riverview School District and our school community.