Risa Slater is keeping a family tradition alive.
The Laguna Beach High School senior, like her older sister Lauren before her, represents students at Laguna Beach Unified School District board meetings.
Risa, 17, sits next to district administrators and school board members, updating them on school happenings, from sports team feats to dances and fundraisers. She talks with school Principal Joanne Culverhouse, Athletic Director Mike Churchill, counselors and students to gather the information.
Then she organizes the data to present to the school board, which meets Tuesdays.
"I take notes and then make sentences and transitions, trying to be funny, keeping things fresh and upbeat," said Risa, who juggles the task while taking five classes — including American government and calculus — and holding down a job as a sales associate at Tuvalu, a home furnishings store on Forest Avenue.
She is one of three students, along with juniors Natalie Kimball and Annie Brown, in the school's Associated Student Body who rotate each month briefing school board members, said Yvette Perez, the school's activities director, community service coordinator and varsity cheerleading coach.