Ceres High’s Victoria Rodriguez-Ochoa and Central Valley’s Virginia Moore have volunteered to serve as non-voting student representatives on the Ceres School Board.
“I’ve always been interested in the position since I was a freshman,” Moore said. “But I had to wait until I was old enough. My time has finally come. I want to emulate what my older peers did when they were student board reps. They were professional and graceful about it.”
“I heard about the position earlier this year,” Rodriguez-Ochoa stated. “I thought it sounded pretty interesting. What I’m most excited about is being able to see how everything runs behind the scenes.”
Rodriguez-Ochoa and Moore will bring fresh perspective to the Ceres School Board.
They will serve one-year terms.
“I’m responsible for giving student reports and bringing my perspective as a student to the board in the best way I can,” said Moore. “I will also have to give a rundown of what’s happened at each board meeting to my peers. I’m trying to represent the entire school.”
“We report back whatever our school is doing and how our students are feeling through these times,” Rodriguez-Ochoa added. “One of my main goals is to be able to represent everyone from my school. I want there to be a sense of inclusivity where everybody gets a chance of getting their voice heard.”
Rodriguez-Ochoa and Moore have both been involved in student government at their respective high schools since the ninth grade.
Rodriguez-Ochoa will serve as Ceres High’s Associated Student Body Vice President for senior year. She was sophomore and freshmen class vice president.
“I like being involved in school and being able to give back to the students on campus,” Rodriguez-Ochoa said. “I really want to make an impact on my school.”
Moore, a junior and sophomore class vice-president, will be a member of Central Valley’s Student Site Council for the third consecutive year. She will also play tennis, which has been a passion since the ninth grade.
Rodriguez-Ochoa plans to major in biology in college.
“I’m hoping to attend a U.C.,” she said. “I want to become an orthodontist.”
Moore plans to attend a four-year university after high school and major in psychology to become a therapist for family counseling and mediation.