The three 2022-2023 student school board reps smiling

Seniors Kennedy Cuddihy, Emilia Holm and Maria Horst are this year's student representatives on the Spring Lake Park Schools school board.

Each year, the board welcomes these student representatives from the high school’s student council to join their board meetings and update members on student life and the SLP experience.

“We always value having student voices on the board," says Amy Hennen, board chair. "Hearing about the wide and varied interests and activities at the high school and engaging with our student body is incredibly helpful and inspiring. We’ve welcomed Maria, Emilia and Kennedy to the board this year and look forward to hearing from them throughout the year."

Student representatives have been part of the Spring Lake Park Schools school board since the 1999-2000 school year. Meet this year's reps.

Meet Kennedy Cuddihy

Tell us about yourself:  I’ve been at Spring Lake Park since kindergarten. I’ve participated in basketball, volleyball, dance, and track and field. I work at Topgolf and Texas Roadhouse. 

Why did you choose to be a student representative on the SLP school board?  I chose to be a student representative because I wanted to see what happens behind the scenes in my school district. I want to do what I can to help make SLP better for students and staff.

What has the experience been like so far? So far, I’ve really enjoyed it. I think it’s something to look forward to at my school and for each meeting.

What are your plans for the future? I plan on going to a four-year college to study either Environmental Science or Chemistry. I haven’t deceived where yet but hopefully somewhere out of state.

What makes you #SLPPantherProud?  What makes me Panther Proud is getting to say I go to SLP. With our great programs, both in classes and in athletics and activities, we really make an impact on our community.

Meet Emilia Holm

Tell us about yourself: I have been in the SLP School district since kindergarten where I started at Park Terrace Elementary. At school, I am a Panther Mentor Leader, Student Council Vice President, Leader of Current Affairs Club, Leader/Founder of Green Club, and a member of the National Honors Society. After school hours, I participate in theatre, extracurricular choirs, Science Olympiad, and everyone’s favorite sport: homework.

Why did you choose to be a student representative on the SLP school board? I wanted to be a school board representative because I am interested in policymaking and how things evolve from an idea to implementation. 

What has the experience been like so far? The experience has been very diverting - a topic will be discussed in meetings and then I experience its actual effects in school!

What are your plans for the future? After high school, I plan to go to a four-year university and study environmental science/biology with a minor in political science. 

What makes you #SLPPantherProud? I am #SLPPantherProud of the communities in my school. From classes to after school, teachers and students alike are always encouraging me to do more and do well. 

Meet Maria Horst

Tell us about yourself: I’ve been at SLP since 6th grade. At school, I am involved in many things including theater, band, choir, Parkairs, Student Council, NHS, Green Club, Current Affairs Club, and Panther Mentors. Outside of school, I enjoy listening to music, being outside, and spending time with my friends.

Why did you choose to be a student representative on the SLP school board? As president of the student council, it was part of my responsibility to be a school board representative, and I’m very glad it was!

What has the experience been like so far? While sitting on the board, I get to hear the behind-the-scenes of many things going on in the Spring Lake Park school district. It is also very enjoyable to share what’s going on at the high school with the board regarding sports, activities, and events. Everyone is very friendly, and it’s a great environment!

What are your plans for the future? As of now, I plan on attending a four-year out-of-state university and majoring in biology to then follow the medical track and become an OB/GYN. However, plans change, so we’ll just have to wait and see!

What makes you #SLPPantherProud? I am proud of the community at Spring Lake Park High School that encourages understanding, encouragement, and acceptance. I have had many amazing teachers that have fostered relationships with me and pushed the limits of my learning. I am proud to have met so many wonderful people in my time here and to be a leader in many areas of the school.