HONOLULU (AP) - A Moanalua High School senior is now a member of Hawaii's Board of Education.
Jannah Dela Cruz was sworn-in Tuesday by Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.
The teen has a 3.9 cumulative grade point average and is active in her school's orchestra.
Board Chairman Don Horner says the voice of the student representative provides a critical role in the board's policy process.
Outgoing student member Danicia Honda graduated with honors from Pearl City High School and is heading to the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Since 1988, the Hawaii State Student Council has been responsible for the selection process of a nonvoting student board member.
During the 1-year term, she will participate in general board and committee meetings held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.