Student Board Representative
Keir Adamson values his position as a student representative on the PSD Board as a way to positively represent the student body at Gig Harbor High School. “I think my goal is to represent Gig Harbor in the most positive fashion. It is awesome to be able to give their interests to the Board so they can make informed decisions based on what’s really going on in our schools.”
Keir and his identical twin, Finlay, have grown up in the Gig Harbor area after their parents moved here from the United Kingdom. He and Finlay, along with their younger brother Ellis (age 10), all attend PSD schools. He acknowledges, “The school district here has been a large part of my life.” Keir cares for this community and this school district and lends a helping hand in any way he can. He serves Gig Harbor High School as ASB Secretary and works with the Emergency Food Network in Tacoma to provide low-income families with food across Pierce County.
Seeing Keir’s dedication to his school and community, Gig Harbor’s leadership advisor Kelly Indahl addressed the opportunity for Keir and his brother, Finlay, to become involved with the school board. Student board representatives are very important to this district because, even if students do not get a vote in Board decisions, they get to voice their opinions about certain issues that are important to their schools. “At first glance, the Board meetings can seem a little boring. But, it is exciting when you think about the large impact that little decisions made by the Board can make for students in PSD schools and the surrounding community.”
Keir has truly enjoyed his time spent as a board representative. “The main motivation for me is that I get to be involved in important decisions in this district. I like being there to gain first-hand knowledge as to what’s going on so I can relay it to the school. The fact that we are going to have a big impact is exciting.” Keir is passionate about the impact that Board decisions will have for our community and schools. He is adamant about the importance of passing the bond this upcoming spring. “We’ve been talking about adding another elementary school for about a year and a half now. The fact that we are now able to put the bond on the ballot to actually make it happen is exciting. This new school, among other needed changes and renovations, is going to make a huge difference for our district.”
Keir wants the absolute best for this district and this attitude has been instilled in him by his teachers. “My teachers have inspired me the most to get more invested in this district. They’ve shown me that they care a lot about this district, and it has made me believe that I should care about it as well.” He explains that he is motivated to work hard for the district because of his pride in this community.
“Our school and our district as a whole is very inclusive and accepting. I am proud to be in a community where people can be accepted for who they are. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that is true for everyone, but we are making great leeway when it comes to acceptance overall. I want to continue to make that happen for this district.”