HAGERSTOWN - School boards constantly make decisions that affect students, but rarely are students given a voice, North Hagerstown High School junior Kate Zimmer said.
"We're the ones who are impacted," she said.
Kate, 17, said when she decided to run for an office on the Maryland Association of Student Councils, part of her platform was advocating for voting rights for student representatives on local boards of education.
And when she was elected to the office of first vice president, she was "goofy happy," she said.
Washington County Public Schools acting Director of Secondary Education Clyde Harrell said he believes the last time a Washington County student held a similar position was during the 2004-05 school year.
"I felt very accomplished," Kate said. "But I couldn't have done it without my campaign staff."
She began planning for her campaign for three months, all for about a day and a half of talking to other students at a convention before the election. She ran against three others, and said she was thrilled after the votes were counted about three weeks ago.