Chambers, Tossavainen sworn in to school board

Chambers, Tossavainen sworn in to school board
Posted on 06/12/2020
Chloe Chambers and Cassius Tossavainen

AHS Sophomores Chloe Chambers and Cassius Tossavainen were sworn in as student board representatives to the Anacortes School Board on Thursday, June 11. 

Student board representatives serve a two-year commitment during their junior and senior years. They are expected to attend all regular board meetings and site visits, occasional special events and conferences, and also have opportunities to meet other leaders and elected officials throughout their term. While the student representatives don’t have official voting authority, student voice is an important and an integral part of the board’s deliberations.

“Our student representatives help us better understand how our decisions directly impact our students,” said Bobbilyn Hogge, school board president. “Their input is invaluable, and we appreciate the time and commitment they bring to their role.”

Chambers and Tossavainen both spoke in their interviews about a commitment to the district’s equity work and giving voice to all students, especially those at the margins. 

Incoming superintendent Dr. Justin Irish noted how impressed he was with all of the applicants for the positions. 

“We had a challenging decision to make, but I feel that Chloe and Cassius will represent their peers very well on the board,” said Irish. “I have already seen the strong work and commitment that the student board representatives bring to their role, and I know Chloe and Cassius will continue this tradition.” 

Chambers participates in drama, runs cross country, and is involved in several local organizations. Tossavainen is on the sailing team, volunteers for the Anacortes Community Theater, and plays the flute. 

Chambers and Tossavainen join continuing student representatives Sara Kumar and Cooper Nichols. Graduating seniors Grace Hill and Carson Lindholm are completing their two-year terms. 

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