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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Laura Chu Elected Student Representative to Fairfax County School Board

            Laura Chu, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a Fairfax County public school, has been elected by the countywide Student Advisory Council (SAC) to serve a one-year term as student representative to the Fairfax County School Board, beginning July 1.  Chu will participate in School Board meetings as a nonvoting member, filling the position currently held by Ben Press, a senior at Madison High School.  She will be the 46th student representative to the School Board.
            Chu, who currently serves as the student representative to the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee to the School Board, believes that helping all FCPS students reach the goals in Portrait of a Graduate is vital and says, “I believe that individual, smaller tasks, such as equity of access to programs and benefits, effective grading policies, and workload policies must first be addressed.”  She proposes establishing an online forum for students to express their opinions on grading and workload policies that could provide School Board members with the ability to make decisions based on students’ needs and opinions.
            Chu hopes to learn about effective policy and decision making as a representative to the School Board, and identifies the budget and Capital Improvement Program, improvement of student mental health, and expanding the student leadership development program as priorities for the district.
At TJHSST, Chu serves as president of the junior class council, a lead facilitator for Kids Are Scientists Too (KAST), and arbitrator of the school’s Model United Nations (MUN) Secretariat.  In the community, she works with Operation Communication as a mentor; Jill’s House, which provides aid to children with physical and mental disabilities and their families; the Jefferson Society; and the McLean Youth Orchestra.  Chu previously served as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Virginia ambassador; and participated in the 10th Congressional District Young Women’s Leadership Program, Four Star Leadership with Gen. Tommy Franks, and Encouraging Empowerment Through Education.  She was a member of Forensics Speech and the Rotary Interact Club, and participated in the cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams.  She has won numerous MUN and forensics speech awards.
Chu is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history, AP microeconomics and macroeconomics, AP psychology, AP BC calculus, honors physics, introductory organic chemistry, and law and society.  She has taken AP chemistry, AP computer science, and AP Chinese, and plans to take the following courses as a senior:  AP U.S. government and politics, ethical leadership, 20th century world history, AP English literature, AP statistics, history of science and ideas, geosystems, and oceanography and geophysical systems research laboratory.
For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.