Sundus Farah, who will be a senior at Burnsville High School, will be the new student representative to the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education for the 2018-19 school year.
The school district was one of the first in Minnesota to have a student serve on the Board of Education as a non-voting member, representing the interests of students.
The student representative is seated with board members at meetings. Every month, the student representative gives a report on events and activities at the high school.
“We appreciate comments from the student representative on various topics we’re discussing,” said Chair Jim Schmid. “The student perspective is important to us.”
Sundus attended Sky Oaks Elementary and Nicollet Junior High (as it was called then) before coming to Burnsville High School where she will be a member of the Class of 2019.
She answered a few questions about her new role (below):
Q: What made you interested in serving as the student representative to the Board of Education?
A: I wanted to give back to my community and use my voice to make Burnsville High School (BHS) a much better place. I hope to represent students who look like me and are not able to have their voices heard, and I also want to represent the voices of all students. BHS is a wonderful place, but just like any other school, it could become better and has its own issues. As next year will be my last year attending BHS, I wanted to find a way in which I could leave the biggest impact, and being the school board representative was the best way to do that.
Q: You’re in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program in the Health Sciences Pathway at BHS. How have you benefited from it so far?
A: I love how the CNA program gave me a chance to escape my comfort zone and have a taste of the real world. The majority of the course was hands-on work, which was new to me. By visiting Ebenezer Ridges during my clinicals, I experienced a glimpse of the real world and was able to work with a CNA. I do not want to go into nursing, however, but as my career choice may change, this class gave me vital experience in the field of healthcare.
Q: Are you thinking about a career in healthcare?
A: Yes, I plan to pursue a career in ophthalmology, and I hope to attend a four-year university and then attend medical school.
Q: What activities are you involved in at Burnsville High School or in the community?
A: I am in student council and Burnsville Strong. I’m also in National Honor Society and will serve as the volunteer coordinator for the 2018-19 school year. I’ve also volunteered at Fairview Ridges Hospital in the same-day surgery area and at the English Language Learners Homework Help sessions at school. Currently, I work at a local coffee shop.