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ASD Names 2019-20 Student Representatives to School Board

ASD Names 2019-20 Student Representatives to School Board
Posted on 11/22/2019
At the Thursday, November 21 regular board meeting, students from each of ASD’s three high schools were formally introduced as representatives to the board from their respective schools. 

These students will join fellow ASD board members at regular board meetings, education/finance committee meetings and on the Human Relations Commission committee meetings. Student representatives are asked to provide updates on positive things taking place in their schools or upcoming events that are important to the school culture and climate. Prior to the official announcement, students met for a dinner in the administration center where they mingled with current members of the board and leadership team within the Allentown School District. 

ASD’s board members expressed gratitude towards the students who will be sharing their voice with the public. Students who applied for this role were interviewed by administrators and members of the board earlier this month.

The evening also marked the final board meeting for Elizabeth Martinez, Ce-Ce Gerlach, and Robert E. Smith Jr. The Allentown School District would like to thank them for their dedication and years of service to the students and staff. 

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent their respective high schools at the monthly School Board of Directors meetings! 

Regular Board Meeting of the Whole 
William Allen High School - Zaniyah Onley 
Zaniyah is a current junior at WAHS and the founder of the school's first Black Student Union. She is also an AP student, part of the National Honor Society and enjoys poetry and spoken word.  

William Allen High School (Alternate) Peter Capote 
Peter Capote is a senior at William Allen who spent the fall as an intern and sideline reporter for PIAA’s District 11 Sports. He is an AP student who is actively involved in many activities at WAHS. 

Building 21 - Kyle Davis 
Kyle is a current senior at Building 21. During his high school career, he played for the Allen Football team. Recently, he was accepted to East Stroudsburg University where he plans to major in Business Management. Kyle enjoys rapping and Jersey-style dancing. He recently learned crochet in order to donate hats to those in need.

Building 21 (Alternate) - Nicholaz Cruz 
Nicholas is a senior at Building 21 who is very active in his school and church community. He is a Youth Leader within the church and a member of the Building 21 student government and student ambassador program. He plans to attend Kutztown University after graduation and major in political science with the hopes of becoming a defense attorney. 

Dieruff High School - Yumaira Saavedra-Mozo
Yumaria is a senior year at Dieruff High School. She participates in acapella, choir, SADD, Multicultural leadership club and the Air Force JROTC program where this year she has been named the Executive. She is also very active in the community and is the Allentown Youth Organizer for Make the Road PA. Yumaria was one of the first students accepted to Bloomsburg University and receive a partial scholarship through ASD’s new guaranteed admission program. She plans to major in political science or public policy and administration but is also still considering a career in the Air Force. 

Dieruff High School (Alternate) - Razan Antar 
Razan is a DHS senior involved in Key Club, Student Council, Student Forum and is the treasurer of the National Honor Society. Razan also volunteers at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. After graduation, she plans to attend college to prepare her for a career in the medical field.  She believes leading and serving others (with Husky pride!) improves our world by creating relationships in her community. 

Education/ Finance Committee Meetings
William Allen High School - John Carlos Santana
John is a current junior at WAHS and now enters his second year as astudent representative to the board. Last year, he joined the board during regular board meetings. He is a member of the Gay Straight Alliance, Health Careers Club, and Canaries for Life. Volunteer activities include the Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, GSA Representative, Upward Bound Liaison, Orientation & Student Interview, and serving meals at a local soup kitchen. Outside of school, he enjoys reading, watching television and spending time with friends and family. After graduation, John plans to pursue a career in medicine, but after his time on the board last year is also considering politics. John is most excited to be able to share the positive things happening at Allen HS with the board and the community.

William Allen High School (
Alternate) Karine Palacios   
A senior at WAHS, Karine is very involved in her school community. She is a member of Upward Bound, Best Buddies, Volunteers in Motion, National Honor Society and Canaries for Life. She is a member of the Health Care Careers club and the St. Luke’s mentoring partnership. Karine is an AP & DE student who wants to study Biology or Biochemistry at a college or university in Pennsylvania. 

Building 21- Michelle Wilson 
Michell is a senior at Building 21 high school and founder of the schools Gay Straight Alliance, and member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school she works for Valley Youth House and volunteers at HOPE Community Church. After graduation, she would like to attend John Hopkins University to study neuroscience. 

Building 21 (Alternate) Jael Moll 
Jael is a sophomore at Building 21 who focuses mainly on her academics. She is part of Upward Bound at ESU and would like to become a paramedic after graduation. Last summer she took part in the SLIME (Spotted Lanternfly Investigated through Mathematical and Environmental sciences) program at Muhlenberg College. 
Dieruff High School - Zahi Awad
Zahi is a current junior at DHS involved in many extracurriculars including Track & Field, National Honor Society, and Scholastic Scrimmage. He serves as the VP of Student Council and Treasurer for both the Class of 2021 & Key Club. After high school, he plans to attend college with the hopes of majoring in medicine. Becoming a doctor would mean impacting the community in a positive way despite it being a challenging career choice. Zahi looks forward to representing DHS and showing off Husky Pride to the ASD board. 
Dieruff High School (Alternate) Sierra Payne
Sierra, a junior, is a part of the stage crew and Class of 2021 at Dieruff HS. She is an AP student and member of the National Honor Society. She plans to be the first in her family to attend college and has a goal of being an ultrasound tech or OB/GYN.

Human Relations Commission  
William Allen High School - David Bennett Ulloa Estrada
David is a senior at Allen High School who is heavily involved in the arts at the school. David is returning as his second year as a student rep to the board, last year attending finance/education committee meetings. He participates in a variety of clubs and activities including Dance, Chorale, SGA, Canaries For Life, SADD, MAO, Drama Club, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Odyssey of the Mind, and Media Memories. 

William Allen High School (Alternate) Joshua Fedrick 
Joshua us a junior and officer of the WAHS Black Student Union. After graduation, he is interested in attending college and majoring in a field of study that will lead to civic, community, and/or service to marginalized or impoverished people. Outside of school, he works two jobs including Dorney Park and Giant Foods.
Building 21 - Zander Douglas 

Zander Douglas is a senior at Building 21, he is attending Kutztown University for his social work degree. He hopes to come back and help the community that he grew up in. He enjoys reading and watercolor painting.

Building 21 (Alternate) Mason Claherty
Mason is currently a junior at Building21. He is a part of the Superintendent’s Advisory Counsel, Government, and Gay Straight Alliance. Mason’s hobbies outside of school are photography and writing. After graduation, he plans to study Criminology to become a Detective or an Attorney. Mason’s dream school is to attend Penn State University. 

Dieruff High School - Desteny Lancheros
Desteny is a 10th-grade student, treasurer of the multicultural leadership club and member of the swim team at DHS. She enjoys her AP Psychology and Chemistry classes, which will benefit her when she attends college. She is planning a future as a pre-med or criminology major with the hopes of one day becoming a surgeon or working for the FBI. Desteny values the diversity in her school and ASD and wants to be a vocal advocate for the Latino community. She volunteers at St. Luke’s Hospital. 

Dieruff High School (Alternate) Angela Dergham 
Angie is junior at Dieruff involved in the National Honor Society, Class of 2021, Student Council and German Honor Society. She plans on going to a four-year to study criminal justice, criminology with a minor in forensic psychology or the naval academy to become a naval intelligence officer.