from the district:
Tesoro High School junior Ryan Pallas, the founder and president of a literacy group that helps elementary students advance their reading skills, was selected to serve as Student Adviser to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees for the 2011-2012 school year.
Pallas, 17, will be a voice and advocate for the District’s 51,000 students during twice monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees. He succeeds Capistrano Valley High School senior Larson Ishii.
“The Board of Trustees believes it is important to seek out and consider students’ ideas, viewpoints, and reactions to the educational program,” Board President Jack R. Brick said. “Ryan is an impressive young man with the right mix of intelligence, courage, and charisma to represent our students and we look forward to his input and involvement.”
Members of Titans for Literacy, the organization founded by Pallas, read with students at Kinoshita Elementary School, coordinates events at Family Literacy Night Events and donates books to the school library.
Pallas is also a mock trial team captain, vice president of Model United Nations, varsity basketball letter winner and a member of the speech and debate club and comedy sports team. He holds a 4.5 weighted grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society and California Scholastic Federation.
“I have been a student in CUSD for twelve years, and I have received an incredible education. As the Student Adviser to the Board of Trustees, I will have the opportunity to make sure each and every student receives the same great experience I have had. I look forward to hearing from students throughout the district, and I am ready to share their opinions during Board meetings,” Pallas said. “My main priority next year is to increase student engagement. Since the Board’s main focus is the well-being of students, I want to make sure students are aware of Board activities and involved in the Board’s proceedings. I look forward to working with all of the Board members in order to ensure that we continue the great students in the District receive.”
The Student Adviser serves a one-year term and attends all meetings of the Board except for closed sessions. He may cast a preferential vote, which is recorded in the minutes but does not affect the numerical outcome of a vote, on all matters except those subject to closed session discussion.