Representatives from all six Spring ISD schools gathered on a rainy morning this week to launch the 2023-2024 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee.
Though many of the students gathered were returning members, the committee this year added ambassador titles to the students, to represent the various clubs, organizations, and programs from their respective campuses. Students were selected to represent arts, athletics, student councils, clubs like Science Olympiad, National Hispanic Scholars, and National Honor Society, and more.
At the beginning of the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Lupita Hinojosa introduced herself as well as the reason for the committee.
“We want to hear from you about your ideas and thoughts about Spring ISD, especially as it’s specific to our high schools,” Dr. Hinojosa said. “When I go around and I say that I am super proud, people sometimes ask me why. And I just tell them to look at the students, to look at you. Look at what you do every day, how you represent Spring ISD.”
The meetings, which are held monthly throughout the school year, are aimed at providing student leaders in the district an avenue to share their feedback and ideas from their respective schools. The committee is self-governed, and elects a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Community and Service Chairperson.
Aside from offering the students a chance to offer feedback and ideas for Spring ISD, it also offers students the chance to learn and develop leadership skills and to work with groups throughout the greater Spring ISD community.
“This opportunity is a good one because it gives us a chance to showcase our leadership skills,” Ashley Nguyen, a senior at Westfield High School, said. “We can really take advantage of that and go out there and be the voice for our fellow students.”
The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee was established in 2015 to help establish a student-centered voice for the district, and has remained a vital part of the district’s strategy.
“This advisory committee helps me decide what is best for our students, not only in our high schools but at all of our campuses,” Dr. Hinojosa said. “These students take this role very seriously, and I am so grateful that they can provide us with an on-the-ground point of view. This partnership will help us to further our goal of creating opportunities for each and every one of our Spring ISD students.”