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June 5, 2012 > Student completes term on Fremont School Board

Student completes term on Fremont School Board

By Angie Wang

Meet Allison Tong: Senior at Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS), Student Brand Manager at Chipotle Bar and Grill, MSJHS Associated Student Body Vice President (ASB VP), Co-Chair of Students United for the Representation of the Fremont Unified School District, Board of Education (SURF), and Fremont Unified School District Student Board Member.

As ASB VP, Tong co-leads MSJHS's Leadership 2 (L2) class with the other ASB officers (ASBOs). The ASBOs oversee all of the events hosted by L2, including assemblies, Homecoming and Multicultural weeks, elections, and MSJHS's annual Family Festival and Charity Fashion Show, as well as plan new ways to reach out to the student body. Tong manages over eighty clubs on campus and makes sure that they abide by the club bylaws; she also assists those interested in starting a new club, and guides them through the process.

Her position at Chipotle makes it possible to incorporate special offers and coupons into school activities, as an extra incentive for participating in rallies and Friday activities.

During Tong's first two years in high school, she served as a representative of MSJHS's Interact Club and volunteered at the Fremont Main Library. Toward the end of her sophomore year, she applied to be an officer for SURF, and returned in her junior year as SURF secretary. This year, as a senior, Tong holds the position of chairperson of the committee. She is responsible for planning and conducting SURF's meetings, during which they discuss future events such as their annual leadership conference.

As SURF chairperson, Tong has been serving as the designated Student Board Member on the Fremont Unified School District Board. She attends the bi-monthly Board meetings which are also televised and has the opportunity to address the community, giving a student's perspective on the issues.

"I've always been interested in leadership activities and I was really excited about the opportunity to be a part of SURF. I wanted to give the students in our community a voice in the district by providing input from their point of view," Tong says. And of course, working so closely with the School Board has its perks. "Knowing the school board trustees and the superintendent has given me a huge advantage in terms of making connections. They are always very welcoming and willing to help. This year, I also had the chance to attend the California School Board Association conference in San Diego where I had the opportunity to listen to many great guest speakers such as Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy. Through this trip, I was able to connect with the trustees and superintendent on a closer level, making me realize just how fortunate I am to have the opportunity of working with them on the Board."

In the fall of 2012, Tong will be attending the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and will likely major in Business Management with a minor in Communications. "I would really like to own my own business at some point in the future, something that involves event planning or working in the food industry," she adds. Her involvement and dedication to the community, with the connections she has made and her experience with professional communication and networking, are sure to bring her success wherever her future takes her. Best of luck!

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