August 17, 2021 – At their August 16, 2021 school board meeting, the Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 Board of Education approved Collinsville High School Senior Emma Clark to serve as the 2021-22 Student School Board Member. She will be the non-voting student voice on this year’s school board.
Emma is active in many clubs and organizations at CHS. She feels her involvement in a variety of extracurriculars gives her a wide frame of reference regarding student interests and needs:
“My involvement within Collinsville High School has provided me a broad perspective that I [will] offer as the student representative on the Unit 10 School Board. I have been a section leader in the CHS band since my freshman year while serving in several other organizations such as Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, Key Club, Drama Club, Executive Board, Tri-M Honor Society, and National Honor Society. My involvement in these groups has allowed me to collaborate with a wide variety of students. In addition, my twin brother is a member of the Kahok Varsity basketball team. Through these connections I bring a wealth of perspectives that will allow me to competently represent the student body to the school board.”
Emma will serve as the board’s liaison on the CHS Student Advisory Committee. Last year, the Student Advisory Committee provided important input to the district’s Equity & Diversity initiative. She embraces this continued role:
“I have a very diverse group of friends. These individuals come from a variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, and gender identity backgrounds. The issues most important to students are very similar to those with which our greater society is grappling. A clear strength of the Collinsville School District is our diversity. With this diversity comes challenges. We must work exceptionally hard to ensure all students are equally represented within the district. My peers and I believe the school district is doing an excellent job in this area, but we can always strive for more. Addressing issues facing students regardless of gender, financial status, or race is crucial to creating a unified Kahok community. The wide diversity in our student body mirrors our society, and it is important when students enter the doors of a Collinsville School building they are all treated equally and provided the same opportunities to succeed.”
Emma is the daughter of Jonathan and Robyn Clark. She resides in Maryville. She previously attended Maryville Elementary, Dorris Intermediate and Collinsville Middle Schools.