Pearl City senior to serve as BOE’s new student representative

Danson Honda, center, with (from left): BOE Chair Don Horner, BOE members Nancy Budd and Cheryl Lupenui, Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, outgoing student rep Jannah Dela Cruz, and BOE members Brian De Lima and Patricia Halagao. (Photos: DOE)

A Pearl City High School senior will serve as the Hawaii Board of Education’s student representative for the upcoming school year.

Danson Honda was sworn in Tuesday by Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.

Honda is a state medalist in cross country and is part of the Pearl City Charger Marching Band as a drum major. He represented his school on the Hawaii State Student Council, and will be counted on to provide valuable feedback to the BOE with his insight from students across the state.

“We are pleased to welcome Danson to the board. His experience with the Hawaii State Student Council will be an important asset. We rely on the Statewide Student Council and our student representative to be an important voice of our 183,000 student body,” said BOE Chairman Don Horner. “This voice is critical especially as we introduce strategic change within the DOE.”

Jannah Dela Cruz served as the board’s student representative for this past school year. The Moanalua High School graduate will be
attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall and plans to major in architecture.

Since 1988, the Hawaii State Student Council (HSSC) has been responsible for the selection process of a nonvoting BOE student representative. In 2011, Act 5 was signed into law, establishing a governor-appointed BOE that continues to include a student member.

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