Three MHS seniors named student representatives on school board


Three Marshalltown High School seniors have joined the school board as student board representatives. Pictured from left are America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda.

They might not be able to cast an official vote, but their voice will matter on the Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education. The school board welcomed three student board representatives from Marshalltown High School to provide the student perspective to the board during meetings.

The three students selected from an application process are all MHS seniors and include America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda.

America Dominguez
Dominguez is involved in tennis, Science Bound and Students Teaching and Empowering Philanthropy (STEP) at MHS.

“I really want to be a voice for the Hispanic and Latino community,” Dominguez said.

She said it’s important for her to work with the students and the board to find solutions.

Jane Ragland
Ragland is involved in dance, National Honor Society, Student Senate and STEP.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to get involved and be a voice for the students,” Ragland said of being a student board representative.

Jocelin Sharfnejda
Sharfnejda is involved in the National Honor Society, STEP, Science Bound and the Health Careers Club.

“I want to be a voice for the students and I want to get to know more students and hear what they have to say,” Sharfnejda said.

These student board representatives are the first of their kind in Marshalltown Schools and are among just a handful of student school board representatives in the state. The three were inducted as student board representatives at the September 4 school board meeting.