Fohi Student to Join Board in 2017-18 School Year
When the FUSD Board of Education has its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year, there will be a new face at the table. Fontana High School senior Vanessa Torres will be joining the Board as its new student representative.
Selected and approved by the Board during a special meeting on May 31, Vanessa replaces Giovani Hernandez-Parra who recently graduated from Summit High School. As the Board’s student representative, Vanessa is a nonvoting member of the board and will act as a liaison between the student population of the district and educational policy makers. She will voice concerns of students and represent their interests when the school board meets each month.
In addition, Vanessa will join Alejandro Tovar of A.B. Miller, Alexandra Ortega and Florence Bravo-Villanueva of Fontana, Sahvannah Rodriguez of Kaiser, and Cristina Parisi and Miranda May of Summit High Schools on the Student Advisory Council. The council, in its third year, serves as the main representative body of students committed to providing a voice for the students of the Fontana Unified School District.
Vanessa has a strong connection to Fohi, where she participates in EAOP (Early Academic Outreach Program), AVID (Achieving Via Individual Determination), AP English Club, AP Chemistry Club, CSF (California Scholarship Federation), GATE (Gifted And Talented Enrichment), FCC (Fontana Conservation Club), Library Club, and Key Club. “I believe these clubs have given me a stronger perspective on the importance of school and the role of education in our lives,” said Vanessa.
Throughout her academic career, Vanessa has received the Perfect Attendance Award every semester since elementary school, has been on the Honor Roll, received multiple Silver and Gold Dison Awards, and was selected for the 2017 Daisy Chain.
“I want to be involved in the Board of Education, because I feel as if I have an unspoken responsibility to help my community,” said Vanessa. “As a student representative, I can assist and give the members a better understanding from a student’s perspective.”
“We are really excited to have Vanessa join us on the Board,” said Mary Sandoval, President of FUSD’s Board of Education. “Her input will help us all do a better job of meeting the needs of our students.”
Superintendent Randal Bassett agrees. “I believe that Vanessa will play an important role in helping us to better understand the student perspective, as well as communicating to students what is happening at the district level.”
(In photo above, front row: Alejandro Tovar, Sahvannah Rodriguez, Alexandra Ortega, Vanessa Torres, Florence Bravo-Villanueva, Cristina Parisi, and Miranda May. Back row: Board Members Jason O’Brien, Peter Garcia, Mary Sandoval, Matt Slowik, and Superintendent Randal Bassett)