Hampton City Schools – HCS Connects – September 17, 2019

Hampton City Schools – HCS Connects – September 17, 2019


(upbeat music) – Hello, and welcome to HCS Connects. I’m your host, Kellie Goral, with Hampton City Schools. We have a great show ahead of us today, as we have the opportunity to interview two of our young people, one from Hampton High School, and one from Phoebus High School. So, with us today, we have Paul Karhnak who is from Hampton High and
our School Board student rep for the 2019-2020 school
year, as well as Joey Bowers, who is a senior at Phoebus
and is our alternate to the student rep for the School Board. So, gentlemen, welcome to HCS Connects. – Thank you for having us.
– Thank you. – Yeah, so very exciting things, school year has just kicked off, you’re starting this new role as a School Board representative, but before we get into kind
of the expectations there, we’d love to learn a little
bit more about each of you. So, Paul, tell us about yourself. I mean, have you gone
through Hampton City Schools since, you know, the beginning? Just tell us anything
you’d like to about you. – Yeah, so I’ve gone through
Hampton City Schools, I am a product of Hampton City Schools. I attended Armstrong Elementary for grades kindergarten
through second grade. I transferred to Spratley Gifted Center for the three through eighth grades, and then, since ninth grade, I’ve attended Hampton High School. So, I’m a child of Hampton City Schools. – You’re a child of Hampton
City Schools, excellent. Joey, what about you? – So, me and Paul are
actually pretty similar in that aspect, so, I actually went to Armstrong, as well, since third grade, and from
there I went to Spratley, and now I’m at Phoebus, so I’ve gone to Hampton City Schools my whole life. I’m born and raised in Hampton. – So, you’re–
– I’m a product of Hampton City Schools, as well. – So, did you gentlemen know each other prior to becoming the School Board reps? – Yes, we did.
– Oh, okay. – For many years.
– For many years, and was that through
Armstrong and Spratley? – Yeah. – Yeah, mostly through Spratley. – [Kellie] Mostly through Spratley? – Yep.
– So, obviously, the School Board is a
leadership type of role, but tell me, I mean, and
we’ll start with you Joey, what kind of other activities
do you participate in, either at Phoebus, or around the city? – Oh, wow, so, at Phoebus I’m
a Marine Corp JROTC cadet, so I serve as the Battalion
Commanding Officer there. I have about 17 people in a staff, which I overlook and manage. – Oh, wow!
– Yep, so, we have a meeting like every month. So, we oversaw about 400 events last year. – 400 events throughout the city. Now, I do want to brag on
you a little bit, though. Because I have gotten word
that there was actually an award that you just won through that. So, why don’t you tell us
a little bit about that. – So, the award I got
was The Legion of Valor, Bronze Cross for Achievement. – [Kellie] What does that mean? – So, in the region, in each region, there’s about four regions
for the Marine Corp JROTC, so, all together, it’s
about 23,000 cadets, and in each region they select one cadet. So, this is supposed to be the best cadet in the whole region, and
I was honorably selected to be the best cadet in region three. – Well, congratulations to you, that is a huge accomplishment, very nice. So, that is one thing
that obviously takes up a lot of your time,
probably, so we’re thankful that you still have time
for the School Board. Any other extracurricular activities, or community service? – Yeah, so, I also do
National Honor Society, National English Honor Society at Phoebus. Around the city I like to volunteer with Bay Beagle Rescue, which
is a dog rescue for Beagles. I have a couple at my
home that I take care of on a daily basis, and I also go to events to help out there.
– So, you’re pretty busy. – I am, very busy. – It sounds like it, and Paul, I know that you’re pretty busy,
as well, so tell us more about Paul, as far as your
extracurricular activities, and things that you’re
doing over at Hampton. – Yeah, so I am in a
senior leadership position as a woodwind captain in the Hampton High School Marching Band. I play the alto saxophone, but I have to oversee anybody that plays
a clarinet, a saxophone, or a flute, and all together, that’s about 20 people. I mean, but they’re great. My life is–
– You make their life easy. – I make their life easy,
they make my life easy. – [Kellie] Good people make
your life easy, that’s for sure. – Yes, and I am a part of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society at Hampton High School. This year, I’m eligible to become a part of the National Honor Society, so I do plan to be involved in that. I am a member of the
Hampton Youth Commission. I am its secretary for this year. I’m fortunate to have been
elected its secretary. I think that’s going to be a great thing. I think it’s going to be a great year for the Commission, so
I am also very busy. – I believe so, I almost feel like that I don’t even compare
to the both of you all, as far as my schedules, and
I always thought I was busy keeping up with my schedule, and as well as my family’s and work, but 400 events, overseeing
20 of your peers, overseeing 17 of your
peers I believe you said. We just need to get you a
job in Hampton City Schools because you’re good supervisors already. So, for the School Board,
you know, as a student rep, you are there for the voice of your peers. So, Paul, as being the rep this year, tell us a little bit about
what does that mean to you, why aspire to be a student
rep for the School Board? – Well, I applied, and
I’m so happy to serve in this capacity, really
just to give back. Because, like I mentioned, I’m a product of Hampton City Schools. You know, so much time has been invested by various teachers over the
years to further my education, in all sorts of different ways, and I’ve met so many great
people through the schools, and they’ve also invested
their time as my friends and mentors and peers,
people that I’ve worked with. – Mm-hmm.
– So I can give back to them. I can listen to their concerns, and invest in them as much
as they’ve invested in me. – Excellent, Joey, how about you? What are you hoping to get
out of being a student rep? – Honestly, for me, it’s
really about the students. I’ve always wanted to
dedicate my life to others and to giving back to those
who have really helped me get where I am, and be
who I am, and I think, as much as my teachers, my
parents, my instructors, whoever, who have helped me get where I am, I think it’s truly my
peers and the students who have helped me be who I am today. Without them, I wouldn’t
feel like I wouldn’t have any reason to really do what I do. So, I think that’s really what it’s about, representing and truly just being a voice for others who really
can’t speak for themselves. I think it’s what is one of the most important aspects of this job. – Well that’s very true,
as a School Board rep, you are there as a
representative to your peers, and to be that voice so
that they can come to you with questions, or
concerns, or maybe things that they would hope to see
within the school division. And there’s a lot going on
within our high schools, with our Academies of Hampton,
just great things going on, but to always still have
that student representation so they have somebody that
they feel comfortable going to. Now, you all have been to a
few board meetings already, because you took position
of July one timeframe. So, tell us about a board meeting. What were you not expecting,
or what were you expecting? How does that feel going
to a School Board meeting? – Well, I think for
the August 7th meeting, I mean, it was my first board meeting. I wasn’t quite sure of how
I’d fit into the picture, but it was a really welcoming environment. I did not feel, like, intimidated, and I didn’t expect to
get to learn as much as I did from the first board meeting. Thankfully, I did. It was really clear cut,
the meetings are very, very well run, and so I was
able to look at the agenda and see, oh, you know,
I can comment on this and give input here, and this
is where I fit into my role. – Excellent, now, and Joey, you’ve been to one meeting so far, correct? – I have, yes.
– All right, so, what did that feel like? – Yeah, so I’ve actually been
to many School Board meetings before just throughout my school career. You know, I’ve given the invocation at, I think, two of them, so far. – Okay.
– I kind of have a gist of what goes on, but,
yeah, I felt at home. I felt very welcomed, the
Board is some great people, very welcoming people. – And not the least bit intimidated that you all are on live TV at all? – No.
– No. – Nah, well that’s good. Well, we’ll have to get you up and talking a little bit more. And there’s also ways that your peers can kind of reach out to you. I mean, obviously, you
know, you’ve got your peers at Phoebus, you have
your peers at Hampton, but you’re representing all of the students of Hampton City Schools. So, as of right now, you are
on social media, correct? There is a student rep, and who can tell me the
handle for the student rep? – It’s HCS_StudentReps, so, we actually have a Twitter and– – We recently created
a Instagram, as well. – Oh, excellent.
– We hope to post on there because I’m a little
bit more into Instagram than I am Twitter. – I was going to say,
your peers are probably much more into Instagram than
they are probably Twitter. So, you’re going to keep
up the Twitter account, and utilize, now, the Instagram page? – Right.
– Right. – So, what is your page name,
your handle, for Instagram? – HCS_StudentReps. – So it’s the same as Twitter’s? They can find you either way? – Right.
– Perfect, so that’s one way that they can reach out to you. What’s another way you’d like to encourage them to reach out to you? – For me, one thing I
really want to do this year is to actually kind of survey students, just kind of see, because
I know Hampton, now, does kind of like a quarterly survey, but I think we could do so
much more, like through email, through social media, just
see how students feel, what they think needs to be changed. Whether it’s in your school,
in the school system, I think doing surveys, or just even going to students themselves saying, “Hey, what do you want us to do for you?” Because I think that’s truly
what this position is about. – Well, and I know that this is a position that’s a one year position, and then each year they have
the application process, which is usually in the
Spring, late Spring, and then the School Board themselves will do the interview process of the students that are interested. So, you have this one year, and I know you only have had
a few School Board meetings, I mean we’re pretty
early on in the process, but how would you encourage your peers to look for that in the Spring
and apply for next year? – You know, people look
up to me as an example. I looked up to prior
student reps as an example. Now, I can recognize that,
and be cognizant of that, and say, you know, if I have
people that look up to me, I can make it reciprocal. I can give back to them, and
I can say, “Hey, you know, “you should really do this.” I would meet with them one
on one, maybe, just say, “There’s a really great opportunity “that you might be really interested in, “and you should apply for this.” – So what’s your favorite
subject in school? Totally off base.
– That’s fine, but, yes! That’s my answer to that, yes. I don’t have a favorite subject. – [Kellie] You don’t
have a favorite subject. – No, I like all of them.
– I didn’t know if it was like a government type of role, or, so you like all of them. That’s a very good on-camera
kind of question and answer. – I do want to say, I want
to get a degree in Physics. – Okay.
– Physics has been one of the most fun
classes I’ve ever taken. I’m kind of a math, science
STEM kind of person, but I do like all subjects. I have an appreciation for
all subjects in school. – Very good answer, that’s very good for all your teachers that have watched, that have taught you in
the past are watching, that all of them are
your favorite subjects. So, Joey, how about you,
what do you aspire to do? – Well, you mean, what I like in school, or what I just aspire
to do after high school? – Probably after high school,
since you are a senior. – Yeah, so, I’ve actually, lately, grown an interest in cyber
security, so I’m taking a cyber security class
right now at Phoebus, with our Cyber Security Program. It’s very interesting to me, and a very well paying course, so I’m very interested in that, but I’ve also just always had a leaning towards law enforcement, politics,
government kind of field, so, that’s something I really want to do. – Well, and you can do the cyber security as part of that, as well.
– Oh, yeah, of course. – Smart, well, thank you
both for being here today. It’s very exciting to
meet our student reps, and who that voice is for the school year, and where our young people,
who they need to reach out to. And again, Paul, you’re at Hampton, Joey, you’re at Phoebus, but you are representing
all of the students of Hampton City schools, in your role as a student representative for the School Board. So, thank you very much! – [Both] Thank you. – And thank you for
joining us on HCS Connects. In the meantime, stay connected with us. Follow us on Facebook,
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or even our PEG-TV station. Thanks, and have a great day! (upbeat music)

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