Hill Takes Seat As Stu­dent Board Rep­re­sen­ta­tive

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS - By TERESA HAMMOND tham­mond@oak­dale­leader.com

With one meet­ing be­hind him and eight re­main­ing, Zach Hill is well on his way as the 2018-2019 Stu­dent Board mem­ber for Oak­dale Joint Uni­fied School Dis­trict. The Oak­dale High se­nior was sworn into po­si­tion dur­ing the Aug. 13 OJUSD school board meet­ing.

Hill brings three years of lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence with him, which in­cludes serv­ing as Sopho­more Class Trea­surer and Ju­nior Class Pres­i­dent.

“I wanted to take a role that was above (lead­er­ship),” Hill said of pur­su­ing the school board po­si­tion. “I feel like I can have a larger im­pact on what hap­pens, not just events.”

Pre­vi­ous stu­dent board mem­ber Rus­sell Pa­balan and friend to Hill of­fered in­sight as well as a bit of guid­ance on what the po­si­tion will en­tail. Hill shared he looks for­ward to build­ing on what his friend es­tab­lished as well as in­creas­ing awareness of all school events.

His post high school as­pi­ra­tions in­clude pur­su­ing the Naval Academy or an ROTC Pro­gram through the col­lege level, not­ing a fam­ily his­tory in the mil­i­tary as his in­spi­ra­tion.

“I grew up lis­ten­ing to World War II sto­ries from my great grand­fa­ther,” he said. “It’s def­i­nitely some­thing I want to pur­sue.”

Long term the se­nior sees him­self tak­ing to the wa­ter for a ca­reer as well.

“Ul­ti­mately I would love to be in mar­itime busi­ness,” he said. “Be a cap­tain of a ship or some­thing like that. I love trav­el­ing and I love the ocean.”

For now, Hill has set his fo­cus on his fi­nal year at Oak­dale High School and bring­ing past ex­pe­ri­ence to the school board as a ben­e­fit to the dis­trict and the stu­dent body.

“I would have to say re­silient,” Hill said, when asked what one word best de­scribes him. “Re­silient be­cause through­out my life I’ve gone through a lot of moves. I’ve gone through a lot of knock downs which has taught me re­ally how to get back up and have an op­ti­mistic view and just keep work­ing hard.”

TERESA HAMMOND/THE LEADER

Tak­ing his seat as the stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Oak­dale Joint Uni­fied School Board, se­nior Zach Hill is look­ing for­ward to his ser­vice on the panel dur­ing the 2018-2019 school year.

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