State Board of Education chair Marylou S. Ada swore into office Marianas High School student Audrey Joy Ada as the newest member of the board during a special meeting yesterday.
Lt. Gov. Eloy Inos appointed Ada as representative of public school students to the education board and her term begins immediately. This position is a non-voting member and is good for the duration of enrollment in public school.
She replaced Mary Hocog who recently graduated from Tinian High School. In attendance to witness the swearing-in ceremony were Ada's family, mentors, and friends who extended their congratulations to new board member.
Ada is currently a junior student at MHS. She has a tremendous background in student leadership programs and involvement at her school.
In her message yesterday, she described the opportunity to serve the board as an honor and privilege.
“It is such a privilege and distinct honor to be representing all the students from Saipan, Rota, and Tinian in this coming year. This is another time in my life where I am filled with anticipation and great expectations as I begin my duties as the board of education student representative,” she told the crowd.
She said there are many decisions that the board makes in which affects the students. She vowed to become an effective voice for her peers.
“I will do my best to make sure that the students have a say in those matters. Being the student representative is not an easy job, but I will make the most of it and contribute my strongest dedication to the board,” she said.
Ada promised to listen and take into her heart the concerns and welfare of the students in public schools.
“To the students, you have opened an unprecedented opportunity and that I will do my finest to be the voice for all grade levels. I will consult widely on how best to proceed with our common agendas in all areas for the PSS. I will listen attentively to your concerns, expectations, and admonitions,” she said.
Ada had served her school's student council as president and vice presidents last school year. In school year 2010, she was named among the Youth Congress senators and was then elected as its vice speaker.