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Saratoga Community News for the week of May 13 – The Mercury News

An SHS student appointed to the working group

Saratoga High School student Anushka Tadikonda is one of three students from Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian’s district recently appointed to the county’s youth task force.

As a student at Saratoga High School, Tadikonda’s passion for activism led her to become an ambassador for March for Our Lives San Jose. She volunteers with seniors through inAtalent and the Youth Arts Movement. Tadikonda also joined her school’s chapter of Model United Nations to learn more about politics and international relations.

“I would like the Supervisory Board to know how much I want to find and create solutions, how much I love helping others and collaborating, how passionate I am about activism, how much I love political science and international relations, and my desire to make a difference in our world,” Tadikonda said in a statement.

Tadikonda was named, effective immediately, along with Emily Bock of Los Altos Hills and Katie Rueff of Palo Alto.

“We all benefit when young people participate in local government and make their voices heard,” Simitian said of the appointments. “Young people learn about local government, while the county benefits from their new perspectives. These kids are awesome.

The county’s youth task force, established in 2011, is made up of 15 school-aged members who serve as an advisory body to the oversight board. Members are involved in formulating policy recommendations regarding young people in the county and work to find solutions that improve the lives of young people.