Five high school seniors were selected this year to represent their schools on the Hernando County School Board.
At those meetings, they can hear firsthand information that could pertain to them or their schools. They may also present to the board issues particular to their schools.
"It gives them an opportunity to be exposed to what actually happens at board meetings," said assistant superintendent Sonya Jackson.
The students told the Times why they wanted to be affiliated with the board and what their plans are after high school.
Claudeen Guillaume, 17, represents Central High School.
"I joined the board so I could learn more about the political system in Hernando County," Guillaume said.
"I plan on attending Florida State University after high school and major in political science."
Ashley Principe, 17, represents Springstead High School.
"I wanted to be a part of the Hernando County School Board to serve as a voice for my fellow classmates, as well as having the honor to represent my school," Principe said.
She hasn't settled on a college or university, but has decided what she wants to study.
"I plan on dual-majoring in criminology and psychology while minoring in political science. My ideal career would be in federal law enforcement or to be a psychologist," she said.
Taylor Day, 18, represents Hernando High.
"The reason why I wished to be on the School Board is because this is an opportunity to better my knowledge and myself. This experience will be very rewarding and can possibly lead to other prospects in the future," Day said.
"After high school, my dreams and aspirations are to become a registered nurse. Working at All Children's Hospital . . . would be an incredible job," she said, "and I hope to be employed there someday soon so I can better the lives of others."
Kendall Worden, 17, represents Nature Coast Technical High.
"My reason for wanting to be on the board was I feel like I have a great influence on my student body. I am able to represent my school is an extremely positive way," she said.
"My plans after high school are to attend Faulkner University. I plan to go into education and become a behavior analyst. I also would like to be a youth soccer coach. I love working with kids," she said.
Hunter McGee, 17, represents Weeki Wachee High School.
McGee said he wanted to be on the School Board "to take a lead in the community and make Weeki Wachee High School a place where students want to attend."
After high school, he said, "I plan on joining the Army by attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where I will enroll in the Army ROTC program. While at Embry-Riddle, I will earn a degree in aeronautical sciences and enlist as an officer in the U.S. Army."