Meet our 2022-23 Student Board Members

Hadley Thompson, Hazel Seashore-Botha, and Hunter Osborn were selected by the Board last spring. 

Hadley Thompson, 15, is a sophomore. She says she wants to give students a voice: “I think being on the Board will be a really good opportunity to be involved in decisions that students don’t normally hear about or have a voice in at all,” she said. “Even if they have kids in the schools, there’s a level of separation between the people who make decisions about the school and the students who are affected. I am really excited about the opportunity to help with that.” Thompson enjoys painting and writing short stories, and she fences with the Four Corners Fencing Club. Her favorite school subject is Language Arts, “because I love discovering books or literature that I wouldn’t find on my own.” 

Hazel Seashore-Botha, 16, is a junior. She says she wants to improve communication. "I applied for this position because I am passionate about bridging the gap between students and administration. It is important to incorporate student voices in the school board, and I believe it is both important and necessary to eliminate any obstacles that stand in the way of communication between those two groups,” said Botha. “Increasing inclusion, communication, and consideration is my main goal in this position." Seashore Botha was a competitive dancer in the past. She loves spending time with her friends and three sisters, and is very involved in school clubs, such as DECA and Interact. 

Hunter Osborn, 15, is a sophomore at Durango High School. He says he enjoys working with people and approaches the experience of being on the Board like a student. “I want to further grow my knowledge on how government policies work in a formal manner,” said Osborn. “I want to speak for those who aren’t able to speak up, with one-on-one conversations so I can get a better understanding of the problems that people are facing, what struggles they are going through, and how to make a difference and make changes.” Osborn is on the DHS soccer team and loves to ski. He provides drone photography, editing and social media for local real estate agencies. 

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