Jamesville-DeWitt High School senior Rami Al-Mudamgha is serving as the 2023-24 Ex-Officio Student Board Member on the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Board of Education.
This voter approved, non-voting position is annually filled by a high school senior for a one-year term. The student member, who is elected by their high school peers, may sit with the board at all public board meetings and public hearings but may not attend executive sessions.
To get to know Rami a bit, we asked him the following questions:
Why did you want to serve on the board of education?
I had a hand in writing the new JDHS constitution, so I figured that it was only right that I ran for the government I had a hand in making as a show of confidence. As well, many of my friends have told me that if I were to run for President they would vote for me. While I have no interest in running for president, minus of course the fact that I’m too young, I thought that running for Student Board Representative would be a good way to repay all the support they gave me.
What issues do you think are important to J-D students?
Having a safe school environment, fair treatment from administration, and a feeling that their voices are being heard by the district.
How do you plan to stay in tune with the student body so you are sharing their views with the board of education?
I plan to send out emails on hot button issues to gauge student response, as well as holding office hours, where students can come to me directly with their concerns and questions.
How many years have you been a J-D student?
What elementary school did you attend?
What do you like best about being a high school student?
The normal teenage stuff, hanging out with my friends, participating in school activities, and the excellent teachers and community we have at J-D.
Do you participate in any interscholastic sports teams, extracurricular activities or play a musical instrument?
I am currently an officer in Model United Nations, and was a tutor through Thinkstitute, our school run tutoring program.
What are your plans after graduation?
Attend college, hopefully in D.C, going into Pre-Law and then onto law school afterwards.
Do you have a dream job?
U.S. Federal Prosecutor
Have you ever met someone famous?
I met Dan Marino in an elevator when I was 4, or so my father says.
What food could you eat every day and not get tired of it?
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
Law and Order
Do you have a favorite book?
The Butchering Art by Lindsay Fitzharris
What’s your favorite school subject?
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
It’s 11 p.m. Are you ready for bed or wide awake?
Ready for bed
What is your favorite type of music?
Americana or Smooth Jazz
What is something you’ve never done that you’d like to try?
Fly a plane
What accomplishment of yours are you most proud of?
Being elected to be J-D’s Student Board Representative
What is something that not many people know about you that would surprise most people?
I have a distant relative who is a Saudi Prince.