Board District 3 Student Advisory Council

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  • In a continual effort to expand opportunities for direct student feedback, Board Member Schmerelson’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) was established during the 2016-2017 school year. The SAC allows the Board Member to hear concerns, feedback and perspectives directly from 35 high school students in a casual, non-threatening setting. 

    “These are some of the best, well behaved and smart students you will ever meet. I appreciate all the honest feedback I receive each month and look forward to continuing my work with the 2019-2020 SAC Class, said Board Member Schmerelson.”

    What is the Student Advisory Council?

    The Board District 3 Student Advisory Council is a leadership opportunity to provide feedback, opinions and ideas from High School student representatives to School Board Member Scott Schmerelson. Additionally, it will be a forum for students to gain a  better understanding of LAUSD and school related policy, instructional and operational issues, and to share information learned with their school's student body. 

    Who Qualifies to Serve?

    All High Schools in Board District 3 are encouraged to select one (Options Schools) or two (Comprehensive High Schools) interested and motivated student representatives who wish to serve and who are able to attend all monthly meetings.  Appointments will be at the discretion of each school site in cooperation with Associate Student Body or Student Government, Teacher Advisors, Principals or their designee.

    Here are a few of their stories: 

 Jeffrey Ambriz

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Jeffrey Ambriz

Jeffrey is a senior at Sherman Oaks CES. He joined the Student Advisory Council two years ago because he wanted to be a representative for his peers while learning more about how LAUSD implements new policies and programs. Jeffrey is both Senior Class President and ASB Vice President but hopes to pursue a career in the business field. He also interns at a local tax and accounting firm, and looks forward to attending a four-year university, starting in the fall of 2020.

 Parampreet Aulakh

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Parampreet Aulakh

Parampreet is a junior at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. This is his first year on the Student Advisory Council. He is the Editor-in-Chief of his school’s news magazine, The Pearl Post. He wanted to be a member of SAC because he wanted to take some responsibility in shaping change at his school.

 Ismael Bueno

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Ismael Bueno

I’m from North Hollywood, California, I’m 17 years old about to be 18! Ever since in was in middle school I always wanted to be involved in school! School can be boring but i felt like being involved would make it a bit fun. This has been my second year attending SAC meetings, although the first year I joined in a bit late! These meetings have taught me so many different things. They have also helped me come up with cool and creative ideas I can do at our school.

 Erika Cha

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Erika Cha

Erika Cha is a junior attending Chatsworth High School. This is her third year attending and being a part of the Student Advisory Council. She is excited to learn about bettering education and spreading awareness throughout her school. Erika plays volleyball for the Chatsworth High School volleyball team, enjoys going on church missions to Mexico, and is a part of key club.

 Anthony Chacon

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Anthony Chacon

I’m a senior at Stoney Point High School. I enjoy playing soccer, and work on the weekends as an electrician.

 Vince D'Aloisio

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Vince D'Aloisio

Vince is an 11th grader at Chatsworth High School and a member of the SAC. He is also the treasurer of the Link Crew program at his school. Vince wants to study economics in college with the hope of becoming a lawyer or economist. During his free time, he enjoys filmmaking and spending time with family.

 Brenna Farrell

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Brenna Farrell

Brenna is a senior at Grant High School and this is her first year on the Student Advisory Council. After being approached by one of her teachers who told her about the council, she applied, intrigued by the chance to meet students from other schools and to learn about the district and everything it does. Brenna plans to work in the field of Criminology and hopes that the advisory council will give her experience in talking to new and different people which she can apply to most things in her daily life.

 Susan Fuentes

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Susan Fuentes

Susan Fuentes is a student at Ulysses S. Grant High School. This is her first year in the student advisory council. She was given this opportunity by her principal. She applied not knowing exactly what to expect but is very glad she did due to new people she met and all the things she has learned. Susan is a member of ASB at her school and plays soccer and runs track and field. On her free time, she loves nothing more than to spend time with her family and friends.

 Jasmine Garcia

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Jasmine Garcia

Jasmine is a student at Lake Balboa College Prep. She has been on the Student Advisory Council for 2 years because she wanted to be more involved with her community. Jasmine is on the cross country team at her school. She began playing basketball at 5 years old, made the Birmingham basketball team in 9th grade and currently plays for her school since they began their own sports program last year. She is a team captain on the basketball team. She is the Class of 2021 President. Being apart of SAC has allowed her to learn more about LAUSD and their policies. and get more involved. In her free time she spends time with friends and family. She is also apart of a youth group, (Chatsworth Foursquare Church), and helps with children's church at her church where she attends with her family.

 Sophia Hernandez

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Sophia Hernandez

Sophia is a student attending John F. Kennedy High School. This is her first year apart of Student Advisory Council. The idea of joining S.A.C. was brought to her attention by her leadership advisor and she decided to join because she wanted to learn more about L.A.U.S.D. and her education. She is a part of the Associated Student Body and at JFK High School and enjoys helping with events at her school. Her favorite thing about joining Student Advisory Council is getting to meet new people and gaining more knowledge of her school system.

 Peter Kim

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Peter Kim

Hi! My name is Peter Kim and I’m currently in the 11th grade. I’ve been in ASB leadership for two years now and this is my third year attending the Board District meetings. Although I’m not a perfect student who maintains a grade A, I try my best throughout each year. One of the reasons I joined leadership was to get out of my comfort zone and experience a whole different world where I can make new friends and lead the school as one class. So far, my two years in leadership has been wonderful and hoping for it to continue until my senior year, along with my awesome teacher Ms. Wiesner. Aside from leadership, I also enjoy coming to the meetings. I feel very lucky given a chance to participate in these meetings! Attending the meetings was a very eye-opening experience for me because I got the chance to learn more in depth about the Lausd schools. Just to throw it out there I also like to play sports, play video games, and read.

 Jack Kleiger

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Jack Kleiger

Jack is a senior at Sherman Oaks CES and has been participating in his ASB class since 8th grade. Currently he is in charge of fundraising for his senior class as well as being ASB President. He joined the Student Advisory Council this year, seeking to represent his peers in hopes of enhancing their experience as a part of LAUSD. In the future, Jack hopes to study oral surgery and is excited to study at a four-year university at the start of the fall semester of 2020

 Valeria Luquin

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Valeria Luquin

Valeria is a sophomore at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. She is a staff writer for her school's magazine publication, The Pearl Post. This is her first year on the Student Advisory Council. She enjoys attending SAC meetings every month. Along with meeting different people from the District and learning how they help LAUSD. She is also a recipient of the Gwen Ifill Student of the Year Award.

 Lucy Macias

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Lucy Macias

Lucy Macias is a sophomore student a Cleveland High School. She is now serving her second year on the SAC council after watching her sister participate through her high school years. Lucy is interested in learning about the school system and the different organizations and departments that run LAUSD. She joined the council hoping to become more aware of the rights as voice she has as a student and use it to improve the system. Also a part of the Superintendent Student Advisory Council she is constantly looking for opportunities to be evolved in student education.

 Citlali Manzo

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Citlali Manzo

Citlali Manzo is a junior at John F. Kennedy High School. She’s determined to give her school a voice, thus after hearing about the Student Advisory Council she saw the perfect opportunity to be more involved. Her favorite part is that she has found a way to help out her school while being able to converse with other students from different schools. Citlali also enjoys being apart of leadership as well as being a council member of PTSA and a competitive varsity Tennis player,  it has not only helped her build new skills but is has helped her grow as a student. She hopes that everything she’s accomplished will help her achieve her goal of becoming an elementary or middle school math teacher.

 Aimee Medina

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Aimee Medina

Aimee is a senior at the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences. This is her first year in SAC, joining it because her Leadership teacher told her it’d be a great opportunity. Aimee is the captain of the varsity volleyball team, plays club when she’s off high school season, and helps out with the boys’ volleyball program. She recently committed to Grand Canyon University and is majoring in Pre-Nursing. She enjoys volunteering in her free time with Key Club and hopes to become an Orthopedic nurse when she grows up.

 Andrea Moreno

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Andrea Moreno

I am Andrea Moreno and I am a Senior at Northridge Academy High School. This is my first year on the Student Advisory Council. After learning about it from two former members from last year, I decided to apply because I wanted to represent my school and the hundreds of students there. I wanted to be able to speak up and voice my own and others’ opinions on their concerns at school and the district, especially since half of our days are spent there. I am the President of Latinos Unidos, which is an ethnic club that unites members of different Latin American countries. I am the Vice President of the California Scholarship Federation, which is an honors society at Northridge Academy which focuses on academic achievement and volunteer services/opportunities. I am the Vice President of Women’s Empowerment which is a club designed to focus on the inclusivity of all women, and to battle issues that women may face, like this year, we raised over $300 in donations for Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 Marwa Mulk

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Marwa Mulk

Marwa is a sophomore at Lake Balboa College Prep High School. This is her first year on the Student Advisory Council. Marwa is currently on her schools volleyball and debate team and was previously on the Academic Decathlon team as well. Marwa hopes to pursue a career in the medical field while engaging in social and economic activism. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, art, and spending time with family.

 Armando Olvera

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Armando Olvera

Outside of school, I am part of the Boy Scouts of America and recently earned my Eagle Scout rank in September 2019. The experience I gained from the BSA, along with all that I learned Sophomore year when I joined JROTC, helped me to become a better leader and a better team player. Currently, now I am the BC (Battalion Commander) of Canoga Park's JROTC program, and it is all thanks to my past experiences and coming out of my comfort zone. When I'm with other people, whom I don't know, I tend to stay quiet, and only speak when spoken to. I've always been like this, and I do it because I am a very cautious person. I'm analytical. When I'm doing a sport, I give it my all, and when my coach asks me something, I make sure it's done quickly and correctly. I'm a shot-putter, a track and field event that requires a person to "throw" a ball a certain distance; but you're not throwing the ball, that's because the ball is made of pure metal and can weigh 12 pounds. I really love this track event because of the technique behind it and all the coordination required to do it right. I've come to see myself as a team player, a leader, and a hard worker.

 Ryan Perez

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Ryan Perez

Ryan is a senior at Canoga Park High School. He joined the Student Advisory Council because he was interested in improving the quality, community, and education of schools in the district. Ryan really enjoys working with students from other schools. He is really fascinated about different types of leaders coming together to make a change that will make a difference for a brighter future. At school, he is currently a member of the AFHC club and a part of ASB. At home, he spends time working with his creativity, hoping to pursue his career goals in the near future.

 Ani'yah Reed

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Ani'yah Reed

Aniyah is a senior at the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences. As someone who has experienced how students and their voices truly can make an impact on the current conditions of our society and she has participated in a number of leadership positions. These include; ASB President, Mayors Youth Council, President of BSU Club, Volleyball team Captain etc. Becoming a member on the Student Advisory Board allowed Aniyah to understand how effective, the district and students working together can be on the education system. In her free time, Ani’yah enjoys to volunteer at her local hospital as she hopes to become a Nicu Nurse Practitioner

 Barbara M. Reque

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Barbara M. Reque

My name is Barbara Reque, and I am a senior at Northridge Academy High School. My extracurricular activities include playing volleyball for the school team, going to club meetings, such as Latinos Unidos, Animal Rights, Film, Women’s Empowerment and I am the Vice President of my class. Academically, I planned on taken rigorous classes like AP Government, AP Environmental Science, and AP Literature.

 Yasmin Rincon

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Yasmin Rincon

Yasmin is a student at Chatsworth Charter High School. She attended four other high schools and finally settled down at Chatsworth. This is her first year on the Student Advisory Council. She hopes to make her school and other schools around her better. She loves meeting students her age, from other schools. She is in the medical academy and hopes to be a veterinarian. She also has a twin that is on the Student Advisory Council.

 Sabrina Ruvalcaba

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Sabrina Ruvalcaba

Sabrina is a senior at North Hollywood High School. She joined the Student Advisory Council this year because she wanted to know about the education process and any information that would help her understand what goes on in the district and locally. At North Hollywood, she stays involved at school by being a member of her ASB class, president of the Future Scholars of America club, and helping her academy host and plan events. She plans on pursuing a degree in political science to help make a change in policies benefiting her community. Born and raised in North Hollywood, she works part-time at a sub shop, and looks forward to becoming more involved as a SAC member.

 Alejandra Zavala

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Alejandra Zavala

Hi my name is Alejandra, I am 17 years old, and I am a Senior at John R Wooden High school. I was given an opportunity to join the Student Advisory Council, and it is my first year attending. I have met many wonderful people and learned so much about the district. I’m glad I joined because my voice can be heard to help better the district and schools. In school I am involved in many activities and programs such as Leadership, Girls Build L.A , Young Workers Leadership Academy, Students Run L.A, Making Movies that Matter, and Farm Club. I also like to volunteer at a local Animal Shelter on the weekend. My goals for the future is to change the world for the better.