SAN GABRIEL, CA – Gabrielino High School senior Thomas Chung and Del Mar High School senior Armando Talamantes will serve as San Gabriel Unified’s 2018-19 Governing Board student representatives.
“Our student representatives have shown a strong commitment to their education and are valued, engaged leaders on their school campuses,” SGUSD Superintendent Dr. John Pappalardo said. “We are thrilled to have them represent the student body to our Governing Board this year.”
Chung and Talamantes were sworn in at the Oct. 9 and Oct. 23 Governing Board meetings, respectively.
Thomas Chung has explored his passion for journalism, volunteerism and social advocacy on Gabrielino’s campus, where he is opinion editor of the Tongva Times, secretary of the Red Cross Club and president of the Gender and Sexualities Alliance.
Chung, who holds a 4.39 GPA, plans to study either sociology or political science in college and hopes to pursue a career where he can make an impact on the world.
“My role as a student board member isn’t about me; it’s about all the students in SGUSD, including those who are disadvantaged, disabled and underprivileged,” Chung said. “I want to hear and then amplify voices that aren’t often heard. It is an honor to speak on their behalf.”
Talamantes is a member of Del Mar High School’s Associated Student Body and serves as the school photographer at ASB events. After graduating from high school, Talamantes plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
“As a student board member, I want to be the best representative I can be and help make things even better at our schools,” Talamantes said. “It’s an honor to do this. Whatever can be done, I want to do.”