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High School Student Elected as Member of Hill Country School Board

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Katherine Anne Porter School (KAPS), located in Wimberly, recently became what is likely the first high school in Texas to elect a student as a sitting member of their board of trustees. A junior named Ingram Gray was chosen by his fellow students from a group of several candidates to represent them on the board.  “I thought it would be a great opportunity to help out the school by representing the students here,” Gray said. “I think that the students are excited to see that they have someone to represent them and give them a voice.”

Casey Wilcox serves as VISTA Development Associate for KAPS. “It was something the board had been wanting to do to get student input,” Wilcox explained. “We had an election, and Ingram was the student representative who was voted to represent the student body.” Wilcox explained that though the position is that of a sitting (rather than voting) board member, it still brings with it an important degree of influence and responsibility.

High School Student Elected as Member of Hill Country School Board

Photo: KAPS School

As for what Gray sees as his major duties in his new role, he said, “I really just want to hear out what the students have to say about certain issues in the school. From the years I’ve been in the school, I realize a lot of students want their voices to be heard but don’t have the time or the ability to go to board meetings and represent their ideas. So now I’ll be able to present those ideas consistently to the board.” He went on to note that the role will no doubt offer valuable experience which will be useful in whatever future career he pursues.

The idea of a student seat on the board might sound unconventional, but Gray’s upbringing and KAPS itself both have intriguing, unconventional backgrounds. Gray’s family traveled around Europe when Gray and his two siblings were just infants. After a time, they settled in Austin, Texas, but spent their summers in the woods of Slovakia.  The family’s globe-trotting adventures ultimately became a TV series titled The Traveling Trio. The educational series featured narration from the Gray siblings and went on to win an Emmy Award.

High School Student Elected as Member of Hill Country School Board
Photo: KAPS School

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