STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVE
Finlay Adamson views his position as student representative on the PSD Board as a way to positively influence our District and its students. “I am involved on the Board because I feel like it is the best way to make the biggest change.” Finlay, already invested in the community at Gig Harbor High School, is devoted to making his school and this district the best it can be.
Finlay is one of two student representatives for Gig Harbor High School on the Board. He and his twin, Keir, were born here in 2000 after their parents immigrated to the US from the United Kingdom. They and their younger brother, Ellis (age 10), have grown up in this area and attended PSD schools. Finlay speaks lovingly of his younger brother, explaining that he inspires him to pursue positive change with his seat on the Board. “He (Ellis) is one of the main reasons I want to be on the school board, to help his future.”
Finlay and his brother, Keir, both got involved on the Board after being recommended by their leadership advisor at the high school, Kelly Indahl. Finlay is already serving this school district in multiple arenas. He is ASB Treasurer and National Honors Society President at Gig Harbor. He also works with a group that he formed called Washington Creative Writing to develop the writing and literacy skills of elementary students in the District. Because of his service in these positions, Finlay jumped at the opportunity to take his commitment to the District to the next level as a board representative. “I feel that as a student oftentimes you feel like you are often not making a difference no matter how hard you work. But, looking at this position, I realized that I can make a tangible change here. This is really somewhere I can help.”
Attending the Washington State School Directors’ Association conference this past fall gave Finlay even more inspiration as a board representative. “We learned about certain issues that a lot of districts are facing. I went to a lot of meetings on policy and school board politics. I found it very interesting that we could make a difference politically within such an important level of our government.”
Finlay works hard for PSD because he believes in its vision. “The motivation I’ve seen through not only the school board members but also the students and the teachers in this district is truly astounding. The fact that we’re not just happy with where we are, even though where we are is great, but that we are always looking to grow and develop ourselves is really important to me.”