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At the October meeting of the Taconic & Green Regional School District, the board approved two candidates to serve on the board as the first two student representatives.

The board unanimously approved Alexandria “Lexi” Lacoste and Samantha “Sam” Stevenson as the two appointments.

Recently, T&G provided more information about the two newest board members, who participated in their first meeting Tuesday during the board’s November meeting.

Lacoste comes to the T&G Board with a passionate interest in mental health education and a love of learning and the arts.

As she starts her junior year at Burr & Burton Academy, Lacoste already has earned the prestigious Headmaster Award, in addition to the Scholar Leader Award for excellence in the classroom and leadership.

Lacoste’s passion manifests in a myriad of interests, none more so than her work for the Yellow Tulip Project, a student organization focused on mental health.

She also plays left field for BBA’s softball team and earns raves as a trumpet performer. Lacoste’s instructors consider her a leader and an advocate for her peers and community.

“I want to walk away with new leadership experiences, a new outlook on school and an understanding on how to attack problems for the greater community, Lacoste said, describing what she hopes to learn from her new roles as a student representative. “I hope to learn how to collaborate for and work with people who are of different ages and backgrounds. I also hope to walk away with the knowledge that I made a difference in young kids’ lives.”

Stevenson is known as an effective communicator with a great sense of humor.

In her first two years at BBA, Stevenson earned a reputation as a hardworking honor student, with an intuitive gift for listening and collaborating. Her perseverance and determination shows up not only in the classroom, but also in athletics where she has been a competitive swimmer for eight years, as well as a starter at center defense for the BBA field hockey team.

In her spare time, Stevenson serves as a BBA Ambassador, where she confidently fields questions about the school as she guides visitors on campus tours.

Stevenson’s teachers point to her natural curiosity and ability to connect that comes in handy as she pursues her love of science and politics.

That interest in politics attracted Sam to apply for the T&G Student Representative post.

“I enjoyed learning about politics in AP government, but my favorite part of the class was the lively discussion and debate among opposing viewpoints,” Stevenson said. “I enjoy thinking of ways to bring people together, put differences aside, and find common ground. I’m very interested in policy and how it affects students of all ages.”

Lacoste and Stevenson started their one-year tenure at the November board meeting Tuesday.

Both BBA juniors are eager to get to work and the board can’t wait to add the students’ experience to their team.

“When we started our search, we weren’t sure what to expect,” says BRSU Superintendent Randi Lowe. “But with Sam and Lexi, we were fortunate to find two great young women.”

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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