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Teens appointed to city advisory boards

Review to introduce teens to readers


The Lake Oswego City Council approved the appointment of seven teens to serve on city advisory boards and commissions at a city council meeting held Nov. 13. by: SUBMITTED - Hannah Lewman

Following interviews with councilors Kehoe and Olson, it was recommended that Hannah Lewis be appointed to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board; Ben Rivera be appointed to the Natural Resources Advisory Board, Anisha Adke be appointed to the Library Advisory Board, Lucas Gudman be appointed to the Historic Resources Advisory Board, Andrew Provost be appointed to the Transportation Advisory Board and that Miranda Kraus and Matthew Fischer be appointed to the Sustainability Advisory Board. The teens will serve the remainder of one-year terms, which expire Aug. 31.

The Review connected with the teens to learn more about them and their interest in serving the community and will introduce them to the public over the coming weeks.

Meet Hannah Lewman

Hannah Lewman is a junior at Lake Oswego High School appointed to serve on the city of Lake Oswego’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

“I applied for the PRAB because I have had an interest in the parks department for quite a while,” she said. “I serve on the Youth Action Council, a parks and rec program for teens that organizes events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. I also worked as a junior counselor at a few city camps over the summer. These programs made me interested in seeing the decision-making process of parks and rec.”

Lewman said she wanted to learn more about government in general and felt the best way to learn about it was to serve on a board. She said she expected it would require quite a bit of time on her part.

“I plan on spending a lot of time with PRAB duties just because of the amount of reading involved,” she said. “Aside from meetings, there are these huge packets of information to read and lots to learn about. It’s all really interesting material, but there is definitely a lot of it. And juggling all my activities definitely takes work. For example, a few weekends ago, I read the whole Luscher Area Master Plan during a bus ride back from a debate tournament.”

Lewman said she wasn’t certain what she wanted to pursue as a career.

“For now, I’m just going to keep studying and working hard so I have lots of options when I finally make a decision,” she said.