City’s student rep earns statewide scholarship
Joanna Santana, student representative to the Quincy City Council, is among six students across the state to earn a scholarship from the Association of Washington Cities for showing a commitment to her local community.
Santana, a senior at Quincy High School, has been serving in the position for the past year. She was selected for the scholarship from more than 60 high school students.
The scholarship is from the AWC Center for Quality Communities, which promotes municipal leadership development.
“She really understands what is means to be a part of a community,” Mayor Jim Hemberry said of Santana.
Santana thanked the city council for nominating her for the scholarship.
“It’s awesome to be offered something so generous,” she said.
With only one city council meeting left to attend, Santana said she will miss the interacting with the council and listening in on city issues.
“It was really a great opportunity for me,” she said.
In her position, she learned leadership skills and how important your voice is in a community, she said. She got to see people attending city council meetings who were passionate about Quincy. And, she learned, that it can be hard for council members to meet everyone’s expectations, she said.
Santana is off in the fall to a city college in Irvine, Calif. She hopes to later enroll in UCLA and pursue a degree in advertising and film studies.
After her experience on the Quincy City Council, Santana hasn’t ruled out a bid for a local government position in the future.
“If I ever got the opportunity to do something like that, I would definitely consider it,” she said.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org