Washougal junior will be the student representative of the municipal council

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The newest student representative on Washougal City Council is a junior from Washougal High School (WHS) who wants to give local youth a voice in the community.

Lauren Boyles wants to involve her peers more by talking to them about government so that it is not a mystery to them.

“I want my peers to get involved so that their wants and needs are represented; whether it’s school issues, youth programs or other social issues that affect them, ”she said.

Boyles, 16, did not mention any specific social issues that affect young people, saying the issues are varied, but she wants to provide a platform for these issues to be heard by city council and “other adults who are are able to make changes. “

The WHS building management team – including administrators, teachers and classified staff – selected Boyles to serve as the student representative on city council.

WHS principal Aaron Hansen described Boyles as an exceptional student.

“She is helpful, kind and she is looking for solutions,” he said. “She attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Summit last summer. She chooses courses that challenge.

“The characteristic we found most aligned to be our student representative on city council was her compassion for others and her interest in finding solutions,” added Hansen.

Boyles, a longtime Washougal resident, plans to go to college after graduating from Washougal High School.

She plays volleyball at WHS and is the “Spirit Chair” for the Class of 2020.

“As a spiritual president, I come up with things to engage students and bring fun and exciting energy to assemblies,” Boyles said.

She gives private swimming lessons and takes care of the children as part of an after-school program at Camas Christian Academy. Boyles volunteers at Grace Church in Camas, where she sings songs of praise for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8.


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