Citizens may note that when they speak in front of one of the city of Boise's many boards, commissions or formal committees, they'll stand before a panel of their peers—other citizens appointed to make critical recommendations on housing, parks, public works, our libraries and public art projects. But they'll also note that the panels include a younger citizen—students appointed to serve on the board and commissions for one academic year.
And early today, Mayor Dave Bieter announced 22 local high school students to serve as student representatives on the panels. The actual appointments were made formal at the Aug. 19 meeting of the Boise City Council.
The appointments (the tradition began in 1999) require the students to engage in public policy. And, yes, membership means attending very long nights of commission meetings. This year's group came from applicants representing six public and private high schools.
- Airport Commission: Matthew Gerber, Boise High School
- Arts and History Commission: Kate Delaney Simonds, Timberline High School
- Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority Board: Mojan Farid, Boise High School; Sarah Murningham, Timberline High School
- Design Review Committee: Rachel Orenstein, Capital High School
- Development Impact Fee Advisory Board: Anna Paseman, Boise High School
- Historic Preservation Committee: Maya Garabedian, Boise High School
- Library Board: Megan Pape, Bishop Kelly High School; Natalie Estess, Riverstone International School
- Mayor’s Council on Children and Youth: Esther Badiata, Borah High School; Paige Szathmary, Boise High School; Robert Buechler, Boise High School; Hadley Reeves, Boise High School; Denise Hoang, Capital High School; Isabella Ludwig, Bishop Kelly High; Michelle Ngo, Bishop Kelly High; Connor Duncan, Bishop Kelly High; Chloe Monroe, Timberline High School; Winston Lie, Capital High School; Emma DeAngeli, Boise High School
- Parks and Recreation Commission: Samuel Smith, Boise High School
- Planning and Zoning Commission: Angeline Dimeo, Borah High School