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Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 1:00 am

When the School Board of Miami Dade County meets every month to discuss the pressing issues facing the fourth largest school district in the country, one seat on the dais is saved for a student advisor. The student advisor is responsible for bringing a fresh perspective straight from the classroom and also serves as the voice of his peers in the important matters discussed. This upcoming school year, that voice will be of South Dade Senior Bryce Febres.

For Febres, who is the current treasurer of South Dade’s Student Government Association (SGA), it is an honor and responsibility that means so much more than the personal accolades. “I want to help this school be seen in a positive light

for a change. I also represent the south region and there is so much going on that the news doesn’t see unfortunately.”

For the role of student advisor, Febres had to go through an interview process as well as an essay describing his reason for wanting the position. Febres recalled, “As the student advisor to the school board, I will have the opportunity to act as the voice of the students, some of whom could have gone unnoticed.”

As the student advisor he can even push legislation to the floor, and argue for it. His responsibilities go beyond attending meetings. Febres will be the official student representative at a variety of conferences, meetings and ceremonies.

School Board Chair Dr. Lawrence Feldman expanded on the magnitude of the position. "The student advisor to the School Board serves in an integral role, providing us with their unique perspective; one that we take under serious consideration and helps drive policy-making.” South Dade is in Feldman’s District, so Febres’ appointment is especially meaningful. “In his capacity as Student Advisor, Bryce will bring his experiences and perspective to the Board and serve all the students he represents well. I am proud to have South Dade represented and know that he will bring about meaningful dialogue and conversation regarding the issues that affect students and their experiences.”

Febres is not alone in representing South Dade at the district level. Fellow SGA Member Selin Pichs was chosen as the community chairman, who works closely with the district board. As community chair, Pichs will be the voice advocating community service projects, believing it to be important to give back to the community that has helped shape the students who live there.

“I think it is absolutely incredible,” said South Dade Acting Principal JC DeArmas proudly, “It’s one of the highlights of the year. They are both great students and knowing how hard they have worked to get to this point I’m extremely proud of them. They represent not only the district, but also South Dade Senior, and that is beyond belief. It is absolutely wonderful.”

Both students understand the huge responsibility and work their positions will entail. The commute from South Dade to Downtown Miami is an hour even when the traffic is light, and the board meetings can go for several hours covering topics that aren’t generally of interest to the average teenager. But the ability to show why their school is called the Premier School of the South is worth it. “With my background in theater, I know how it feels to be sometimes overlooked.” Febres explained, “I don’t want anyone to feel that way, my goal is simple, speak for the students.”

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1 comment:

  • Teresa Griffin posted at 1:52 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2018.

    Teresa Griffin Posts: 1

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