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N. Lehigh acknowledges student board representative

A student who for the last two years participated in Northern Lehigh School Board meetings has gone out on a high note.

Victoria Hanna, the senior student representative to the school board, was hailed for her achievements at Monday’s school board meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Matthew J. Link thanked Hanna for her great work, as well as for everything she’s done on behalf of the school board and for the school board this year.

Link then spoke of Hanna’s many accomplishments throughout her high school tenure.

“I’ve had the privilege of witnessing Victoria Hanna’s exceptional academic achievements, leadership qualities and dedication to both her education and community,” Link said. “She has proven herself to be an outstanding student and quite honestly a remarkable individual.”

Link said that with a weighted GPA of 4.48, Hanna has excelled in challenging course work, including two AP classes and seven dual-enrollment courses, in addition to many Honors level classes.

“Her commitment to academic excellence is truly commendable, but it doesn’t end there,” he said.

Beyond her academic achievements, he said Hanna has demonstrated “exemplary leadership both in and outside the school.”

Link said that as the captain of the varsity girls soccer team, she exhibited resilience and toughness, earning the prestigious Heart of a Bulldog Award.

He said her involvement in track and field, coupled with recognition as Athlete of the Week by the Times News “further attests to her dedication to sportsmanship and achievement.”

Link said Hanna’s leadership extends beyond the athletic arena, as she has served as class president for two years, been the student school board representative for two years, and founded/presided over Nature’s Preservers “showcasing her commitment to fostering positive change within our school community.”

Additionally, he said Hanna’s roles in Student Council and National Honor Society “reflect her dedication to service and advocacy for others.”

“Her peers look to her to serve as the voice of the school board and administration, and she accepts this responsibility with confidence and determination while always remaining humble,” Link said. “Victoria is not only a stellar student and leader, but also a compassionate, engaged community member.”

Link said Hanna’s involvement in church youth group activities, charity events, and volunteering over 70 hours at a local hospital “demonstrates her commitment to making a positive impact behind these school house walls.”

“On behalf of the school board and administration, thank you Victoria for your service to the board,” he said. “Best wishes at King’s College in the classroom, and on the soccer pitch.”

Link again thanked Hanna, and congratulated her “on achieving so much during your high school years.”

Hanna said she has been doing their accelerated doctorate program for occupational therapy.

Board President Mathias Green told Hanna he’s seen a lot of student board members over the years, and he remembers when she came here two years ago as a student representative to the school board.

“Boy you’ve come a long way in two years, you really, really have,” Green said. I mean you just blossomed.

“It’s happened with other people, and I’m sure your partner (junior student representative to the school board Jalah Cook) is going to follow in your footsteps, but you’ve really matured.”

Link said Hanna has been a great mentor and role model for Jalah, and that he’s excited for Jalah’s senior year.

Link said he owed Hanna an apology on behalf of Amazon.

“Traditionally we give our senior school board representatives a clock engraved with your representation of the school board here,” he said. “I am so sorry, but it has not arrived yet.

Link said they would get it to her this week.

Hanna said she enjoyed her time serving as a student representative to the school board.

“It’s just been an honor being here,” Hanna said. “I’m glad I got this opportunity, I just appreciate it.”

Victoria Hanna, the Northern Lehigh High School senior student representative to the school board, shown with school board President Mathias Green and Superintendent Dr. Matthew J. Link at Monday's school board meeting. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO