By Cady Kuzmich
Halfmoon –Sheridan Messier, a 15 year old sophomore at Shenendehowa, has pulled up a chair to the school’s board of education as part of a pilot program which seeks to give the student perspective a meaningful platform.
Messier, who has lived in Halfmoon her whole life, joined the student senate this year. Shortly after, her senate advisor, Ms. Ann Conway connected her with the school board president Mr. William Casey. Messier has already been invited to sit on the board again next school year.
She said she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to voice her thoughts on whatever topic the board might be considering on any given night. “I think it’s good for the board to hear from the students,” she said.
Messier’s mom works for the USDA and her father delivers Coca-Cola. She has a twin brother and a 21 year old brother, as well.
Along with sitting on the school board Tuesday evenings, Messier also sits on Class Council and plays viola in the school’s orchestra — she began playing viola in fourth grade. She enjoys orchestra and said, “It’s a different kind of class. You don’t have to sit there and take notes.” Messier plays goalie for Shenendehowa’s field hockey team, plays travel softball and throws shot put and weight throw in track.
While Messier knows she’d like to go into the sciences, she’s undecided what specific field she’d like to explore. “I’m keeping my options open,” she said.
In 10 years, Messier said, “I’d like to find a stable job I like and still be able to hang out with my friends.”
She laughed, “My dentist always tells me he hopes he’ll see me on the Wheaties box one day.”
Messier said she hopes she doesn’t change too much as she gets older and that she’s able to maintain the ideals she has now.
With so much on her plate, Messier is taking it day by day. “Hopefully I can make it through high school and not burn myself out. I like to take on challenges but maintaining a set schedule between sports, school and extracurriculars can be challenging.
“I try do my best to not just be there, but to get stuff done,” she said of her work in student government and on the board.