BRISTOL - The Board of Education welcomed three new student representatives and one returning one at its September meeting.
They are: Drew Dauphinee, a senior at Bristol Eastern High School; Madison Turner, a junior at BEHS; Madison Laprise, a junior at Bristol Central High School; and Katherine Funk, a senior at BCHS who is back for her second at a student rep to the board.
Turner said, “I really wanted the position because it gives me an outlet that is higher than just our governance board at our school - so that I have more of an outlet of the voice of our students for all of the schools, not just my high school. So I’m excited.”
“I wanted to be the junior representative so I could help make positive change or continue positive continuity with a unique student perspective,” said Laprise.
Dauphinee said he is very honored to be chosen for the position, and he was inspired to apply for it by Alexandra Allen, who was a past representative.
“I know that one of her contributions was to make midterms half day for students in order for them to go home early and study and things like that,” he said. “I thought that was a really great change and I’m so excited to use my perspective as a student to make those same contributions.”
Allen was a student rep from BEHS in her senior year, 2016-17. She talked to the board about how stressful it was for students every January to have to take their midterms and then attend classes afterward. Unlike finals, midterms at that time took place over four full school days.
In response, the board unanimously voted to go back to having midterms on half-days, which the high schools hadn’t done for at least 10 years. Pam Brisson, the former district director of the office of teaching and learning, said at the time that the return to half-days had been discussed for years but Allen’s “passion and statement of purpose” brought the issue back to the foreground.
“It’s good to be back” as student rep, Funk told the board. She gave a short report, “because school has just started and all our activities are gearing up for the next month.”
Over the summer, she participated in RAMbassador training, in BCHS’s program that has upperclassmen work with incoming freshmen to ease their transition from middle school to high school.
Funk said she enjoyed the training, which used a lot of team building, and she believes the RAMbassadors is very positive for the younger children.
“We all look forward to hearing some great insight that you can bring to us,” Karen Vibert, board vice chair, told the student reps.
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