Niles West senior Ines Rahmani and Niles North junior Romesa Amiwala were honored by the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education at its May 12 meeting for serving the board during the 2019-20 school year as its Student Board Representatives.
“It’s bittersweet for me to say that this is the last report we will have from Ines, since she will be graduating this year,” Board President David Ko said as he welcomed the students to their last meeting as this year’s representatives. “Congratulations, Ines, and we wish you all the best on what we know will be a successful future.
To both Rahmani and Niles North’s Amiwala, Ko said, “On behalf of our Board of Education, I want to acknowledge publicly how much we appreciate your service to this board. You have been effective representatives for your fellow students and wonderful ambassadors for your schools. Your reports to the board this year have been instructive and insightful, and we appreciate your candor and your enthusiasm … Thank you for everything you have done for District 219.”
Niles West Principal Karen Ritter said, “Ines Rahmani is one of the most amazing students I have ever met. Her involvement and activity at Niles West reflect the kind of person she is: a kind, caring, natural leader who is passionate about helping others. Ines represents Niles West and embodies what we want for all of our students. When students like Ines are provided with a stellar education and a plethora of extracurriculars to be involved in, they often give back in so many more ways than we could ever expect.
“Not only is Ines the voice of the student body as our Student Board Representative for the past two years, she is also the Student Government Vice President and Senior Class Cabinet Member,” Ritter said. “Her leadership does not stop there. She was also nominated as the Outstanding Female Leader of the Year by the Physical Welfare Department, she is graduating Summa Cum Laude, and she has completed over 100 hours of community service during her four years at Niles West.
“If this weren’t enough, she has also held roles as a UNICEF Leader, Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) Leader, Peer Leader, Literacy Center Tutor, Homeroom Mentor, Varsity Tennis Player, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society member. And of course, she has made the honor roll every semester in her high school career.
“Not everyone is fortunate enough to know a student like Ines, who instantly strikes you as a leader,” Ritter said. “In a conversation with (D219 Superintendent) Dr. (Steven) Isoye several months ago, he said about Ines, ‘She’s a leader, and she will continue to be a leader.’
“I honestly do not know how she manages to get good grades, be involved in so many activities, and be an all-around good person,” Ritter said. “While all of these accomplishments may seem like a comprehensive, successful end to her high school career, we all know that for Ines Rahmani, this is just the beginning. We wish the best to Ines Rahmani in her future. We are all so lucky to know her.”
Niles North Principal James Edwards said, “I want to thank Romesa Amiwala for her work as the student representative for the Board of Education meetings. Romesa, your eternal optimism is so greatly appreciated during this time.
“I want to thank you for your work this year providing detailed reports to our Board while juggling your academics and leadership roles in DECA, the Principal’s Advisory Committee and so many other things.” Edwards said. “Romesa’s leadership has been evident on so many fronts this year including organizing the DECA Career Panel, which brought over 20 industry professionals to Niles North. In addition, she was the catalyst behind the Business Basics workshop focusing on resume building, interviewing tips and professional dress. As a member of the Principal’s Advisory Committee, Romesa was instrumental in brainstorming ideas for our Student Climate and Culture Committee, which was charged with the task to address inappropriate language in the hallways and classrooms.
“Although this student board representative cycle has ended, we are proud of you and lucky to have you back at Niles North for your senior year,” Edwards told Amiwala. “I hope you will consider a second term as the Niles North Board of Education Student Representative.”