Student brings voice of his peers to Port Jefferson School Board

Student brings voice of his peers to Port Jefferson School Board photo
Earl L. Vandermeulen High School senior Max Okst serves as a voice of his peers as a student representative to the seven-member Port Jefferson School District Board of Education.

Okst, who was elected to the position by his classmates at the end of the last school year, reports on student activities and upcoming events at the Board’s monthly meetings.

With an interest in pursuing a college degree in theater design and technology and his involvement in the drama club throughout his educational career, Okst is motivated by his growing awareness of the importance of communication skills in his role.

“Being involved in theater for the past four years and now having this responsibility have both definitely increased my leadership skills,” said Okst. “It’s also important for students to understand the role of our Board of Education and I like being that connection.”

In addition to serving as a nonvoting Board of Education representative and being a successful, well-rounded student, Okst is a member of the district’s Sources of Strength program and is a shot put and discus thrower for the varsity track team.