Hamden High junior appointed student representative on Board of Education

Hamden High School junior Mariam Khan was appointed as the student representative to the Board of Education.

Mariam Khan, a junior at Hamden High School, was appointed as the student representative to the Board of Education.

“Mariam is just really an extraordinary student, with great background and commitment (toward) public service and getting more involved,” said Superintendent of School Jody Goeler. “Very, very pleased to nominate, or bring to you for your appointment, Mariam Khan, who’s a junior at Hamden High School and on to big things in this world.”

Goeler said he had interviewed seven or eight students before settling on Khan.

Khan said she has been a student in town schools for 11 years. The experience offered her a wide range of possibilities, she said, allowing her to take up a larger voice about what was going on in the schools.

Khan said she runs a global youth activism club at Hamden High School. Increasing inclusivity and ensuring opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds was meaningful, she said.

“Hamden has opened me up to so many opportunities. It’s always been there, even when I was in kindergarten and when I was getting elected to (the talented and gifted program) and all those sorts of things, to now, where I’m going to be on the board,” said Khan. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Khan thanked Goeler and Principal Nadine Gannon for supporting her efforts to do more and share her thoughts, as well as those of other students.

“They’ve never put a barrier to that, but instead embraced that kind of activism — people coming out, students showing their support, and being able to talk about things they believe in,” said Khan.

Khan will serve on the board for two years, according to member Myron Hul. Her appointment was approved unanimously.

Those in attendance then welcomed Khan with a round of applause, as she stepped forward from the crowd to take her seat at the fore of the room.