Wendy Martinez Leads Her Peers as Student Board Member
Video and story by Sydney Northcutt, FCUSD Communication Internship Program
Five feet two inches never carried so much spunk and enthusiasm. Wendy Martinez – a Cordova High School senior and student member of the FCUSD Board of Education – does it all. From being senior class president, to swim team member, to IB student, and student board member Wendy has what it takes to be a leader for her fellow peers throughout the District.
By being elected president of the Student Advisory Board, Martinez automatically fills the school board member position. Student Advisory Board serves as a liaison between the school board and the students. SAB consists of multiple representatives from every secondary school in the district who meet once a month. Martinez’ role in SAB is to lead meetings and gather feedback from the group to raise with the District Board.
Martinez is not only active within the District but active on campus as well. She is the senior class president, a member of the swim team, a Link Crew member, and participant in multiple clubs. She has a passion for the work she does and the people around her.
Josh Creeger, activities director at Cordova High School, describes Martinez as a go-getter. “The moment my freshmen walked into class this year she said ‘I’m Wendy Martinez and I’m going to help you out,” he said. “She’s got a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of gusto, but her confidence is really what drives her and separates her from a lot of the kids on campus.”
Martinez’ natural leadership skills are vital in her position as the representative for all students in the District. School Board Vice President Zak Ford, Cordova High School alum, explains, “I think it’s extremely important to have student view on the board. Not only does it provide us with student perspective when we make our decisions, but it also promotes civic engagement within the next generation.”
Martinez willingly takes on this important role. “I hope that I can truly be that voice and improve what other schools need,” she said.
Martinez loves having the opportunity to give back to the District in which she has been a student in since preschool. “The staff here actually helped me learn English,” she said.
Martinez plans on using the tools she’s learned during her time in FCUSD and as the student Board member in her future. Martinez is hoping to attend a four-year university and major in political science and minor in communications. She eventually wishes to become an immigrations lawyer.
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