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Muhammed Al Saffar
School Board selects student School Board representatives for 2022-2023
The Hampton School Board selected Muhammed Al Saffar of Hampton High School, Vicky Chen of Hampton High School, Tamia Kelly of Hampton High School, and Makayla Montgomery of Bethel High School, all rising seniors, as the student representatives to the School Board for 2022-2023.
The students were selected from a pool of applicants who submitted applications to the School Board. The Board conducted formal interviews with each of the applicants. The four students will become the 2022-2023 representatives pending the Hampton City School Board’s approval at its July 13, 2022, meeting.
Muhammed is a member of the National Honor Society, the Social Studies Honor Society, Science National Society, the Tri M Music Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, the steel drum ensemble, symphonic band, and marching band. In addition, he is a member of the YMCA Youth and Government program where he will be serving as the state's next Attorney General for Virginia Model General Assembly, was accepted as a delegate for the Conference of National Affairs, and participated in the YMCA Changemakers project. He is also a part of the YMCA Leaders' Club as treasurer and is attending Blue Ridge Leaders' School.
Vicky has served as the junior class government treasurer, the Model United Nations treasurer, IB academy ambassador, and the national honor society secretary. In addition, she has been a member of the Forensics Club, the Principal’s Advising and Consulting Team, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, Hampton Youth Commission, and Crustacean Chronicles. She also volunteers with Community Knights Bingo Nights and the Virginia Living Museum.
Tamia serves as president of the Political Analysis Club, vice president of the YMCA Youth and Government Program, ambassador of the International Baccalaureate Academy, secretary of the History Honor Society, secretary of the Model United Nations, assistant drum major of the Hampton High Marching Band, captain of the tennis team, and chair of committees for the Hampton High junior class. In addition, she volunteers at Zion Baptist Church and was a freshman mentor.
Makayla has participated in JROTC, SCA, National Honor Society, and Academy STEM League. She served as a freshman mentor and volunteers with JROTC and in the school library. She received second place for medical math in Virginia HOSA- Future Health Professions. Makayla is a student ambassador for the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy and was recognized as an outstanding student in the diagnostic services pathway.
The role of the representative is to speak on behalf of Hampton students on issues and policies that directly affect the student body. This is a non-voting role for the student. However, they do play an active role in board discussions.
We wish Muhammed, Vicky, Tamia, and Makayla the best of luck in this very important role of serving as a voice for their peers.