16-year-old joins school board

Published 9:55 am Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — A 16-year-old boy has become the first student representative to serve on the Minneapolis School Board.

Noah Branch, a sophomore at Patrick Henry High School, was sworn into the position Tuesday. He was selected by students, district leaders and board members after a monthlong application process.

Although Branch won’t be able to vote, he’ll have the same duties as regular board members. The teen will attend monthly school board meetings and provide a student’s perspective on key issues. Branch also will be able to weigh in on developing educational policies and programs.

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He’ll receive a $5,000 college scholarship when his term as board member comes to a close at the end of the year.

Branch plans to study medicine at the University of Minnesota.