Oak Ridge High School Junior Impacting Student Life
● By Steven Jack
Oak Ridge High School Junior Gabriel Garcia participates in a recent meeting of the El Dorado Union High School District School Board. (Submitted photo)
The members organize their papers to the sound of rain and proceed with the agenda. Everything appears pretty standard at first glance, and then you notice the stately, young adult seated at the head table next to these prominent community leaders.
Garcia also executes the crucial role of the school board’s student member, providing a strong student voice and a special perspective to the other board members. He was named as the student board member after a comprehensive application process, which included interviews with board members, administrators, teachers and student representatives from the other high schools in the district.
Garcia is a fully acting board member who continuously researches policy and relevant issues, gains input from peers and student leaders, conducts site visits and votes on agenda items at board meetings.
“Gabe’s involvement in policy decisions helps us make the right choices that benefit those who are impacted by them throughout the district,” Board President Kevin Brown said. “This experience also produces lessons-learned that will help Gabe now and in the future.”
“Gabe is the common thread that brings everything together and ties us to the larger EDUHSD community. He is an incredible liaison to the board and serves the stakeholders of our district admirably,”
“I am profoundly grateful for this opportunity to contribute to the framework and foundation of the EDUHSD. The knowledge I have gained will not be forgotten.”
PROVIDED BY EL DORADO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT