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Superintendent's Student Advisory Council

Superintendent's Student Advisory Council 

This year’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) includes student representatives from all Kennewick School District high schools. The group meets monthly with the superintendent and other district leaders, providing the opportunity for district leaders to hear directly from the students they serve. Both district leaders and student members bring topics for discussion. Student members provide input and feedback, share ideas and perspectives, and ask questions.

If current students have questions or ideas they would like to bring to the SSAC, they can contact their school's representative(s) or principal directly. 

Each high school principal selects a cross-section of students to serve on the SSAC in the spring for the following year. 

Schools represented include: 

  • Delta High School (2 students)
  • Kamiakin High School (6 students)
  • Kennewick High School (4 students)
  • Endeavor High School (1 student)
  • Legacy High School (2 students)
  • Mid-Columbia Partnership (1 student)
  • Phoenix High School (1 student)
  • Southridge High School (4 students)
  • Student Board Representative

The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council was formed in 2018 to ensure the district’s students have a voice in important school district topics and are valued for their diverse strengths and backgrounds.

Meet the 2022-23 Superintendent's Student Advisory Council

Delta High School: Cesar Arechiga, Promyse Garza
Kamiakin High School: Devyn Chelin, Finley Osborne, Rylei Ripplinger, Isabelle Ruiz, Naveen Schmad
Kennewick High School: Makayla Hernandez, Hailey Puckett,  Addyson Schuldheisz, Ambrose Driver, Nesreen Hassan
Endeavor High School: TBD
Legacy High School: Olivia Martinez, Jose Rivera
Mid-Columbia Partnership: Samuel Pettijohn
Phoenix High School: Viktor Strawn
Southridge High School: Ayaa Abdelrahim, Billy Hong, Laiken Morris, Elijah Defoe, Yahir Navarro
Student Board Representative: London Moody

Superintendent's Student Advisory Council 2022-23

in their own words

Ayaa Abdelrahim: My name is Ayaa Abdelrahim, a junior at Southridge High School. I speak Arabic and I'm learning sign language. I'm getting more involved with my school and I'm excited to continue meeting with the team.  

Elijah DeFoe: Hey! My name is Elijah DeFoe, and I am a senior at Southridge High School. I enjoy being involved in leadership opportunities and I look forward to collaborating with a group that shares and applies fresh perspectives to our student body throughout my second year on the council.

Billy Hong: My name is Billy Hong. I am a very outgoing, competitive and fun person. I am involved in numerous school activities and many clubs at Southridge. Expect to find me at every football game!

Makayla Hernandez: Hey! I am Makayla Hernandez, a current junior at Kennewick High. I am involved in leadership activities at Kennewick, such as junior class president, and I'm also involved in softball for Kennewick. Go Lions!

Olivia Martinez: Hi! My name is Olivia Martinez and I am a junior at Legacy High School. In my free time, I love to show off my culture to others as a folklorico dancer or read as much as I can.

London Moody: Hello! My name is London Moody and I will be serving as your student representative for the 2022-23 school year, as well as senior class president at Kamiakin High School. I am involved in many other clubs and sports, and I am looking forward to working with everyone to be the best we can be!

Laiken Morris: Hi, my name is Laiken Morris and I'm a sophomore at Southridge High School. I am involved in leadership and cross country at my school. This is such a unique opportunity, and I can't wait to share and discuss ideas with the council!

Yahir Navarro: Hi! My name is Yahir A. Navarro and I'm a senior at Southridge High School. I love leadership roles such as this, and running the Ignite freshman mentorship at school. Go Suns!

Finley Osborne: My name is Finley Osborne and I am a senior at Kamiakin. I am the Drama Club president and am also part of string ensemble, symphony and marching band. 

Hailey Puckett: Hailey Puckett is a senior at Kennewick High School and is captain of the softball team. She is also an IB Student and on ASB this year and is on her second year of being part of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. 

Rylei Ripplinger: Hey everyone, my name is Rylei Ripplinger and I'm a senior at Kamiakin High School. I am the ASB executive president and I have always loved being able to advocate for our students' voices! I am also part of the Sports Medicine Club and Link Crew, and I'm very excited to be rejoining the board this year! 

Isabelle Ruiz: Hello, My name is Isabelle Ruiz and I am a junior at Kamiakin High School. I love being involved in the school and the community and I'm so excited about this opportunity!

Naveen Schmad: I like Richard Nixon and Fortnite.

Addyson Schuldheisz: I play basketball and softball and I am an IB student at Kennewick High. 

Check back for messages from the rest of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council.