Saline Area Schools Board of Education trustees unanimously confirmed Saline High School senior Samantha Hambleton as this year’s student representative to the board at their first meeting of the fall semester Tuesday night.
Hamilton said she applied for the position over summer break.
“I wrote a letter for Mr. (David) Raft and I then went for an interview,” she said. Raft is principal at the high school. “He asked me why I wanted to be a part of the board.”
Apparently Raft liked what he heard, which is not surprising since Hambleton already has agenda items of her own that she is eager to tackle.
“I would definitely like to increase the recycling at the high school,” she said. “I was part of the AP environmental science class and that’s been a big problem there, so I’d like to address that.”
Hambleton also said it is imperative she and fellow classmates take ownership of their unique role within the scholastic process.
“I think it’s important for students to be involved in the decisions that will affect our education,” she said.
Hamilton has plenty of context and experience with the district to base her opinions upon, yet said she is eager to view circumstances from more of an administrative perspective.
“I’ve gone to Saline schools my entire life and I think it will be really interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes and what goes into the decision making,” she said.
Hambleton said she has always tried to involve herself as often as possible in community and school-related service opportunities, which is a tendency that will come in handy during her time as student representative.
“I’m extremely involved in the writing center and through that I see a variety of students that come from different backgrounds,” she said, indicating she intends to represent all of her fellow classmates, not simply select groups or individuals.
Hambleton joined trustees at their boardroom table following the confirmation vote, but not before taking a moment to express her gratitude.
“I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to represent my class,” she said.
Hambleton’s term will conclude at the end of the school year.