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Keir Hichens attends leadership conferences

Enfield invites students to have a say in District

By Henry Crockett

Keir Hichens, a senior at RAHS, was chosen as the representative to attend the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Conferences and be a voice for the school.

With all the new changes to scheduling, District decisions have become a hot topic around RAHS. On October 20, RAHS senior class captain Keir Hichens was selected by Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent of the Highline School District, to represent the school at the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Conference.

Enfield organized the conferences so that smaller schools, such as RAHS, have one representative whereas bigger schools have two representatives at the conference.

“[Susan Enfield] brought [the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Conference] together so that students can come see how the District functions,” said Hichens, “and also to have a delegate with a voice from each of the schools so they could represent the opinions of their school in the decision making process of the District.”

Tremain Holloway, Vice Principal of RAHS, understands Enfield’s vision behind these conferences and feels that it will be a great way to incorporate students’ voices into District decisions.

“I know this year [Enfield’s] intent is to basically advocate for the student voice and to bring the student voice to the center of the conversation,” said Holloway. “When I think about the center, I think about the students who are in the lime light and students who are actually well and outspoken, but we also need to think about the students who are in the margins that maybe don’t have a voice.”

Additionally, Holloway believes that Keir Hichens is a great candidate to represent RAHS in the conferences, although he believes that all of the school’s students have relevant voices that should be heard.

“I feel that Dr. Enfield could have probably picked anybody from our school to lead, I feel that confident in our students here,” said Holloway. “But Keir, I think he’s the perfect fit, he’s a senior so he’s had those experiences, he kind of knows the ups and downs, the struggles and the successes of our school so he knows the history and the knowledge, and I think that will serve him well, and serve us well too.”

Hichens hopes to be an outlet for the voices of the students at RAHS and feels that attending these conferences will help him accomplish that.

“There are a lot of questions obviously, from the students about why the District makes certain decisions, what informs those decisions, and a lot of times they can be taken completely out of context with what the District had to deal with,” said Hichens. “I wanted to be able to answer those kinds of questions and also bring back some of the opinions of the students here to the District and to be able to share those with the superintendent.”

In the many conferences that will take place, Hichens intends on addressing many of the recent changes that have occurred at RAHS and hopes to make the students’ voices heard at RAHS.

“I’m definitely going to ask about the schedule change for changing around the advisories,” said Hichens. “I’ve been talking to Mrs. Tipton and Mr. Holloway about that as well and I want to see what [the superintendent’s] input is on that and also how the students from the other schools feel about it.”

Advisory changes aren’t all Hichens hopes to address at the conferences. He also wants to try to bring more diversity to the classes RAHS has to offer.

“I also want to learn more about the process for getting new classes because even though I am a senior class captain and we [seniors] won’t be here next year,” said Hichens, “but that’s always something people have wondered about because classes like AP Bio or AP Physics C have always been hot topics and generally wanted but no one really knows how those new classes are selected and cleared by the District.”

Hichens feels that these conferences are very important and necessary for RAHS to have a voice in District decisions.

“It’s a good first step and I hope that it expands,” said Hichens, “because it’s a good first step towards getting some student insight into the inner workings of the District and also just a more transparent decision making process between the District and the schools.”

Holloway recommends that any student should get involved in the District, even if it is not through the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Conferences.

“I know the cabinet, the school board meets pretty regularly every Wednesday in the evening with not only just students but also parents and community members,” said Holloway. “It is a really good platform to share your concerns and also just state your peace and possibly implement theories of actions to make things more successful.”

With all the new changes to scheduling, District decisions have become a hot topic around RAHS. On October 20, RAHS senior class captain Keir Hichens was selected by Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent of the Highline School District, to represent the school at the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Conference.

Enfield organized the conferences so that smaller schools, such as RAHS, have one representative whereas bigger schools have two representatives at the conference.

“[Susan Enfield] brought [the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Conference] together so that students can come see how the District functions,” said Hichens, “and also to have a delegate with a voice from each of the schools so they could represent the opinions of their school in the decision making process of the District.”

Tremain Holloway, Vice Principal of RAHS, understands Enfield’s vision behind these conferences and feels that it will be a great way to incorporate students’ voices into District decisions.

“I know this year [Enfield’s] intent is to basically advocate for the student voice and to bring the student voice to the center of the conversation,” said Holloway. “When I think about the center, I think about the students who are in the lime light and students who are actually well and outspoken, but we also need to think about the students who are in the margins that maybe don’t have a voice.”

Additionally, Holloway believes that Keir Hichens is a great candidate to represent RAHS in the conferences, although he believes that all of the school’s students have relevant voices that should be heard.

“I feel that Dr. Enfield could have probably picked anybody from our school to lead, I feel that confident in our students here,” said Holloway. “But Keir, I think he’s the perfect fit, he’s a senior so he’s had those experiences, he kind of knows the ups and downs, the struggles and the successes of our school so he knows the history and the knowledge, and I think that will serve him well, and serve us well too.”

Hichens hopes to be an outlet for the voices of the students at RAHS and feels that attending these conferences will help him accomplish that.

“There are a lot of questions obviously, from the students about why the District makes certain decisions, what informs those decisions, and a lot of times they can be taken completely out of context with what the District had to deal with,” said Hichens. “I wanted to be able to answer those kinds of questions and also bring back some of the opinions of the students here to the District and to be able to share those with the superintendent.”

In the many conferences that will take place, Hichens intends on addressing many of the recent changes that have occurred at RAHS and hopes to make the students’ voices heard at RAHS.

“I’m definitely going to ask about the schedule change for changing around the advisories,” said Hichens. “I’ve been talking to Mrs. Tipton and Mr. Holloway about that as well and I want to see what [the superintendent’s] input is on that and also how the students from the other schools feel about it.”

Advisory changes aren’t all Hichens hopes to address at the conferences. He also wants to try to bring more diversity to the classes RAHS has to offer.

“I also want to learn more about the process for getting new classes because even though I am a senior class captain and we [seniors] won’t be here next year,” said Hichens, “but that’s always something people have wondered about because classes like AP Bio or AP Physics C have always been hot topics and generally wanted but no one really knows how those new classes are selected and cleared by the District.”

Hichens feels that these conferences are very important and necessary for RAHS to have a voice in District decisions.

“It’s a good first step and I hope that it expands,” said Hichens, “because it’s a good first step towards getting some student insight into the inner workings of the District and also just a more transparent decision making process between the District and the schools.”

Holloway recommends that any student should get involved in the District, even if it is not through the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Conferences.

“I know the cabinet, the school board meets pretty regularly every Wednesday in the evening with not only just students but also parents and community members,” said Holloway. “It is a really good platform to share your concerns and also just state your peace and possibly implement theories of actions to make things more successful.”

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