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2017-05-17 / Local News

Sweet Home student gains School Board seat

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by HOLLY N. LIPKA


Bluman Bluman Mackenzie Bluman, a senior at Sweet Home High School, was named the ex officio member of the Sweet Home School Board after being elected president of the All-Class Leadership Council last year.

“My role on the board is essentially to bring the student perspective to any matters it relates to,” said Bluman.

After joining the board in July, Bluman provides input from students and faculty on subjects affecting the district. For example, one topic of discussion covered requiring students who are enrolled in Advance Placement classes to take the AP exam, which costs $93 per exam.

“AP classes are optional, but a lot of teachers include in the syllabus that it’s required to take the AP exam,” he said. “When a student comes to the administration and says they can’t afford to take it, it becomes a situation where the school can’t force a student to take it. This discussion required my perspective, and I was able to serve as a voice for the Sweet Home students.”

Bluman first attended a School Board meeting last June to get a glimpse of how a School Board operates. He said it was intimidating at first, but it has given him an opportunity to get an inside look at how the school district works.

“It was scary starting out, but as time went on I got more comfortable with all of the board members,” said Bluman. “It has definitely helped me speak my mind.”

More importantly, Bluman said being on the board has allowed him to give back to the community that has given so much for him and his family.

“When I was 5 years old my mom passed away,” said Bluman. “We technically live outside of the district, but since my mom was a teacher at an elementary school in the district, the superintendent allowed us to stay. I don’t know if I can necessarily repay all that the district has done for me, but I feel my service on the board is a good first step,” said Bluman.

Bluman is also the president of the National Honor Society, as well as president of the group Sweet Home Sports Central, a sports journalism club. He also plays basketball on an Amherst Youth Basketball team, plays soccer and is a member of the school’s swim team.

In the fall, Bluman will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he plans to major in chemical engineering.

“Policies that the board puts in place are the reason that I could stay at Sweet Home, and without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said Bluman. “That’s a huge part of who I am and where I am today, and I’m super grateful.”

(Story ideas for this feature can be sent to Amherst Bee Associate Editor Keaton T. DePriest, Bee Publications, 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221 or by calling 204-4917.)

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