On Thursday, October 12, Yiannis Asikis ’25 and Zeke Kramer ’25 traveled to the Massachusetts State House to submit testimony in support of H.474/S.287, an act relative to student representative voting rights. If passed, this bill would empower student representatives as voting members on every town or district school committee in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Yiannis and Zeke are members of the Massachusetts Association of Student Representatives, an organization dedicated to empowering student voices on school committees across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In their testimony, Yiannis and Zeke stated: “as high school students, we are deeply committed to empowering civic engagement in education, and we believe that every student deserves the right to actively participate in shaping their own educational experience. By granting student representatives the power to vote on school committees, we are not merely supporting token representation; we are recognizing our right to influence the decisions that impact our academic journey. Education is a two-way street, and we, the students, are not passive recipients but active contributors. Our insights, experiences, and aspirations are invaluable assets that can significantly enrich the educational policies and initiatives of our institutions.”
You can read the full text of Yiannis and Zeke’s testimony before the Massachusetts legislature here. Kudos, Yiannis and Zeke on this powerful act of civic engagement!