Wantagh Student Leaders Serve as Board Liaisons

Wantagh Student Leaders Serve as Board Liaisons

There are so many good things happening at Wantagh High School, that it is hard to list them all. But seniors Emma Alexander and Angelina Maciak do a pretty good job during their monthly reports to the board of education and the Wantagh community.

Emma and Angelina, as co-presidents of the General Organization, also serve as the student liaisons to the school board. They have been attending one meeting a month since September and give a report on all the happenings at the high school including athletics, club activities, community service projects, drama and music performances, student achievements and more. 

“We do make sure we include everything in our reports,” Emma said, noting that she and Angelina strive to give a well-rounded view of student life. 

The pair are involved in numerous clubs, so they already have extensive reports planned out even before getting input from their peers. Both are in Key Club, the Literary Society, Science Olympiad and several honor societies. Angelina is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America, and Emma is involved in music and theater groups.

Their leadership roles at the high school were cultivated many years ago by joining the student councils at their respective elementary schools. Now, they sit on the auditorium stage every month with the board of education trustees and central office administrators and get to develop a skill that is very important in life – public speaking. 

“I think it’s awesome that we get to represent our whole student body,” Angelina said. “I like that the board involves us and gets the perspective from the students who are in school every day.”

The district has been including student representatives at its monthly meetings for several year. Board of Education President Anthony Greco said he and his fellow trustees greatly appreciate the contributions of the student government leaders.

“The student representatives on our board of education are such a terrific addition to our meetings each month,” he said. “In addition to keeping us apprised of the many wonderful student events taking place, they also help remind us at every meeting of the reason we do this important work: to provide outstanding opportunities for all of our students in the community.”