Meet the School Board’s New Student Representative
Meet the School Board’s New Student Representative – Rahel Mekonnen
Posted on 09/29/2017
Picture of Superintendent Olson-Skog, Rahel Mekonnen, and Vice chair Stephanie Levine
From left, Superintendent Olson-Skog, Student Representative Rahel Mekonnen and Vice Chair Stephanie Levine

During the 2017-2018 school year, Henry Sibley senior Rahel Mekonnen will serve as Student Representative to the District 197 School Board. Rahel has attended a number district schools from Pre-K until now including: Garlough Environmental Magnet School, Moreland Arts & Health Science Magnet School, Heritage E-STEM Magnet School and Henry Sibley High School. She is an active Link Crew member at Henry Sibley, and also speaks fluent Amharic. In addition, Rahel teaches English on a regular basis to individuals sponsored by her family.

We asked Rahel a few questions about her experience at Henry Sibley, involvement with the School Board and her plans after graduation.

District 197: Have you had any particularly influential experiences or teachers during your time in District 197?
Rahel: The two teachers that have influenced me the most at Henry Sibley would have to be Mr. (Stan) Eskierka and Mrs. (Julie) Johnson because they really pushed me to strive for success.

District 197: What are your plans for after graduation?
Rahel: I plan to go to college and major in immigration law and political science after graduation. I would also like to travel the world and do humanitarian work.

District 197: Have you taken any advanced courses while at Henry Sibley?
Rahel: A couple of the advanced classes that I've taken at Henry Sibley in the past include Advanced US History and Advanced World History. This year, I am also taking College In Schools (CIS) Physics and CIS Algebra.

District 197: Why were you interested in being the Student Representative to the School Board?
Rahel: The reason I was so interested in becoming the student representative is because I'd like to be a role model to some of the younger students in our community. Another big factor in pushing me to apply was I felt like one of the only minorities in our community. Sometimes minorities seem to be underrepresented and I saw this as an opportunity to change that.

District 197: What are you hoping to learn on the School Board?
Rahel: I hope to learn about the issues in our community while I'm on the school board and things that we can do to maybe change them. I'm also hoping to connect with members of our community.