Ben Haynes, student liaison
There’s one student in Park City who has figured out a way to learn a few useful lessons from a wise and experienced group of individuals. Ben Haynes, student representative on the Park City School District Board of Education, said that he values the chance to sit on the school board because, "all the board members are really smart, and I can learn a lot from them." Haynes also explained that he is learning a lot about how meetings are run.
This should be a valuable experience for Haynes in the future who says he wants to become a senator or a lawyer. As for more immediate goals, Haynes said that his grade point average is just under 3.7 and he wants to bring it above that mark this school year. Also, he’s taking Advanced Placement (AP) history and language, and his goal is to pass those tests so he receives college credit. After high school, Haynes is looking at attending the Naval Academy or going to the University of Utah where he’d like to try out for the swim team.
Haynes is active on the PCHS swim team and water polo team. He’s also a student council member, debate team participant, and works as a host at Loco Lizard.
Born in Omaha, Neb. and raised in American Fork, Hayes moved to Park City during the winter of his ninth-grade year.
Haynes said that one of the concerns he would like to address as the student on the board is that freshmen are commonly excluded from high school events. Ninth-graders go to Treasure Mountain International School, and Haynes said that since they attend a different campus, they’re too often left out or forgotten.
Another of Haynes’ concerns is that the International Baccalaureate program ends with ninth grade. He thinks it would be more valuable to students if they continued with the program until they graduated from PCHS, which he said the district is working on.
As for his relationship with the other members of the board, Haynes explained that they do a good job of treating him as an equal. He said that they’re especially happy to help if he asks a lot of questions. Haynes said that he had to apply for the position as student liaison to the board through student council. He isn’t allowed to attend closed school board sessions, but he said he learns a lot about the issues facing the schools by attending the public segments of the school board meetings.
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