She’s an athlete, a cheerleader, a world traveler, a long-time Girl Scout, a student ambassador for Greece and Italy, a theater performer and more. Alexandria Brooks is only in 11th grade, but already her resume spills onto two pages.
And, now, with her latest title, it will become even longer.
The 100-member Hatboro-Horsham High School student council overwhelmingly selected Alexandria as a delegate to the Hatboro-Horsham School Board. In her new role - which she will assume during Tuesday night’s board meeting - Alexandria will serve as a messenger of sorts, sharing “two-way communication” with the board and then reporting back to students, according to Student Council President Sean Raymond.
Alexandria’s role as a non-voting member would be to share concerns and ideas with the board, as well as reports on upcoming events and activities at each of the district schools, Raymond said. She would also serve as the “voice for the administration,” said Sean, who last year started the conversation about having student delegates to the board.
“I think it’s better to have the younger kids take on these kinds of roles,” Sean said. “I’ll be gone in nine months or so.”
Alexandria will serve until May, Sean said, adding that a second delegate, most likely a sophomore, will be chosen mid-year. Moving forward, delegates would serve two-year terms, he said.
“We want to make sure going forward there’s a lot of experience with the board,” Sean said, adding that the student council hopes to “have a presence that lasts, not just right now.”
For her part, Alexandria said she wants to “make the community a community,” strengthen substance abuse awareness through her student leader role in the district’s program, Be A Part of the Conversation, and work to make the schools a “safe haven” through stepped-up mentoring programs.
And, with her extensive resume, Alexandria said she has the tools to succeed.
“Most of my life has been spent preparing to be in public service. Community service was and is a huge factor of my life – in some cases it is a family function,” she wrote in an introduction to the student council prior to her selection. “Various school clubs have helped to frame my ethics, team sense, learning rules and regulations, protocols and priorities.”
Alexandria said she hopes to promote unity throughout all the district’s schools and model good leadership to students.
“I have a love for school spirit and fair sense for student voices,” Alexandria said. “Also, I think everyone deserves to know what is going on within their school district.”