Foster High School senior Emina Dacic has always been interested in social sciences, participated in student council and leadership roles at school.
So when the opportunity came to serve as one of the student representatives on the Tukwila School Board, she acted.
“I’ve always been the kind of person to be a leader and so being on the school board has helped me improve my skills,” Dacic said.
She is one of the student representatives along with Angelie Teng. The two competed with other top students in their class and went through an application and interview process to be assigned the positions.
Their job is to attend all of the regular school board meetings and offer input, when asked, on the agenda items.
“Usually we have a whole bunch of stuff happening at the school board district office, but the students don’t know about it,” Dacic said. “I think what they were trying to do is have students in the school board positions so that they could bridge the gap.”
Last year Foster High’s homecoming week was taken away from students by the school’s administration.
Students wanted the school board’s help with getting it back this year, Dacic said.
She and other students relayed that message to school board members, but ultimately the decision fell to the principal. The communication paid off, and Foster students regained some of their homecoming week activities.
Dacic’s participation on the school board has paid off in other ways, too, she says. She has been able to go to Olympia and meet with lawmakers and recently attended the state conference for school board directors in Spokane.
“It was really amazing because we learned a lot,” Dacic said of the experience in Spokane. “We got to connect with other student representatives and sort of talk about the importance of this position.”
Dacic says she knows the position is important because of the number of friends who approach her with questions regarding school board issues.
“It’s a very interesting position because you’re sort of there to give your input and bring back to the students what is going on at the district level,” she said.