OCEAN CITY — Ocean City High School junior Nora Faverzani has been named a New Jersey State Board of Education representative for 2018, district officials said this week.
“I intend to passionately represent the needs of our students while addressing pressing issues in our schools. I am thrilled to begin working with my fellow executive board members, and look forward to an amazing year,” said Faverzani, of Ocean City.
She will serve as a voice for New Jersey students through 2018 and attend monthly meetings in Trenton as a nonvoting member of the state board. She will be one of very few representatives from southern New Jersey to serve on the board.
The appointment process included meetings, interviews with all members of the outgoing New Jersey Association of Student Councils Executive Board, and giving a speech at the Winter Convention.
“I am so thankful for my family, friends, school, adviser, and, most importantly, the students of New Jersey for supporting me on this journey,” Faverzani said.
She joins American Sign Language Teacher Amy Andersen and Superintendent Kathleen Taylor this year in representing the Ocean City School District on a state level.
Earlier this year, Andersen was named the New Jersey teacher of the year, and Taylor was named the New Jersey superintendent of the year.
“I like to think that our paths had been destined to cross since the beginning, when Nora started kindergarten and I started my career as a superintendent in the same year," Taylor said. “I am so very proud of her.
"Nora is an engaging, thoughtful, smart student leader who has worked tirelessly to build a school environment in which all students feel included in their day-to-day school activities.”
Faverzani serves as the 2017-18 Ocean City High School Student Council president and is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Math Club and Latin Club, as well as a manager for the baseball team.
She is the daughter of Superior Court Judge Susan Sheppard, who has served as a Cape May County surrogate, Cape May County freeholder and Ocean City councilwoman.