A pilot project within School District #58 saw the introduction of two student trustees during the regular meeting of the Board of Education (Nicola-Similkameen) on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Out of five students interviewed, Riel and Silbernagel were chosen to participate.
Riel, who would like to become a teacher, said, “It sounded like a good opportunity to see how school works behind the scenes and thought it would help me develop skills.”
Silbernagel applied for the position because he wanted to, “improve my public speaking skills and want to help bring forth the student voice,” he said.
The student trustees will participate in the board meetings representing the student body of Princeton Secondary School. (PSS) They will take part in discussions, are invited to bring issues forward to the board, ask questions and express opinions. They will not bring forth motions or participate in voting.
Sandee Blair, principal of PSS commended the board for inviting the students to take part.