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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
PRESS PHOTO BY MARK RECCEKCatasauqua High School seniors Hannah Matchette, left, and Maria Rosario serve as student representatives to the Catasauqua Area School Board, a post that started in August. PRESS PHOTO BY MARK RECCEKCatasauqua High School seniors Hannah Matchette, left, and Maria Rosario serve as student representatives to the Catasauqua Area School Board, a post that started in August.

Two students serve as board representatives

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK Special to The Press in School

Catasauqua High School seniors Hannah Matchette and Maria Rosario recently began serving as student representatives to the Catasauqua Area School Board.

Matchette and Rosario are attending monthly school board meetings and presenting updates to the board on CHS events and news. They will also provide input on board-related matters.

Both students said they expressed an interest in serving as student representatives. The students signed up through the CHS Student Council Club. When a vote was taken by the club, Matchette and Rosario were selected.

“I expressed an interest in becoming a student representative because it gave me the opportunity to get involved in the school community on a different level,” Matchette said.

According to Rosario, she heard about the possibility of serving as a student representative to the school board last year.

“I really liked the idea of being a part of school board meetings and being able to give my input into certain decisions,” Rosario said.

Matchette and Rosario said they hope the experience of serving as student representatives gives them the chance to become a part of the community and learn how the board functions.

“I hope to gain a stronger foothold in the community,” Matchette said. “I would love to participate in decision-making and discussions the school board has.”

“I really hope to gain insight on the way the Catasauqua Area School District thinks and how it deals with situations,” Rosario said.

Matchette said she is becoming more familiar with the mechanics of what a school board does.

“It is a privilege to be part of the school board,” Matchette added.

Both students are involved in a wide range of CHS activities and clubs.

Matchette is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Student Council and the peer mentor program. She also assists Sheckler Elementary School teachers inside the classroom.

Rosario is a member of SADD, Student Council, German Club, hall decorating committee and lip sync activity. She is a member of the CHS track and field team.

Matchette said she plans on attending college after graduation.

Rosario hopes to attend Temple University or Drexel University and major in biomedical engineering