Galang replaces Kristina Cervi, who graduated from Camarillo High in the fall. In fact, reading Cervi’s profile last year on the OUHSD’s website is what prompted him to seek the seat on the board in the first place.
“I thought that’s the job I’d like to have,” said the 16-year-old Galang, who officially started during the OUHSD board’s meeting on July 27.
Galang was elected student board representative by the Oxnard District Council, comprised of Associated Student Body members from all OUHSD schools. The district includes six comprehensive high schools – Camarillo, Channel Islands, Hueneme, Oxnard, Pacifica and Rio Mesa – as well as an alternative school, Frontier High, and the Architecture, Construction and Engineering Charter High School (ACE) in Camarillo.
As student representative, Galang is recognized as a full member of the board during meetings. While he cannot vote on issues or participate in matters taken up in closed session, Galang can participate in open board discussions and can question people appearing before the board. While soft-spoken, Galang intends to speak up on behalf of the district’s 16,800 students.
“If there’s a topic on the agenda that I have opinion on, I’ll comment on it,” he promises. “That’s what I’m there for.”
Galang has been involved in student government since he was school treasurer at Lemonwood Elementary School. He was freshman class treasurer at Channel Islands High and served as junior class president before being elected ASB president last spring.
In his three years at the school, Galang has helped organize a number of events, including assemblies, school proms, the Prom Expo on campus and the annual Mr. CI School Pageant. He also is active in the school’s chapter of the California Scholastic Federation and is a member of Raiders varsity volleyball team.
“I like being involved; it’s a good way to meet people, and actually, I like being in charge,” said Galang, who credits his parents, Jerry and Arceli Galang, for his academic and political drive.
“They’re always pushing me,” Galang said with a smile. “My dad always tells me not to be shy.”
Academically, Galang has accrued a 3.9 grade-point-average while taking several honors and Advanced Placement courses. He plans to attend UC San Diego next fall and major in biology.
“I’d like to be a doctor,” Galang said, “I’m not sure what type, but I definitely want a career in the medical field.”