New Lyons Township High School student representative gets input from peers
Alexandra Blaze, a soon-to-be senior at Lyons Township High School,will serve as the student representative to the High School District 204 Board this year. | J.Geil~for Sun-Times Media
Hometown: Western Springs
Family: parents Lisa and Jonathan, sisters Rachel and McKenzie
School: senior at Lyons Township High School
Position: student respresentative on the School Board
Sports: track and cheerleading
Other activities: Young Life youth group, election judge, Nordstrom Fashion Board consultant on high school tastes
Updated: August 27, 2012 6:10AM
WESTERN SPRINGS — Some Lyons Township High School students like to enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer, but Western Springs senior Alexandra Blaze wanted to pack in as much as she could.
Fresh from a 10-day student leadership program in Washington, D.C., Blaze came home to work a few days at a summer job before packing for a second trip to Indiana University July 22. In Bloomington, she will attend lectures, talk with professors and meet students in the Kelly School of Business.
“It’s a test drive to see if I want to major in business,” she said. “I’ll go to some of the classes and stay in the dorms to sample IU.”
The two experiences will help broaden Blaze’s perspective as she begins serving as student representative to the School Board. Aug. 20, also the first day of school.
“I kind of want to have a voice in the school, so I put that in my application, and then I got an interview,” Blaze said.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “I love how this position puts me on Student Council as well, so I’ll work closely with the students.”
Blaze said she also was thrilled to be chosen in March for the national student leadership program sponsored by American University in Washington focusing on law and advocacy.
“We went on a lot of tours and went to the U.S. Attorney’s office,” she said. “A crime scene investigator took us to a crime scene and showed us photos and how to collect evidence. What you see on TV is not what really happens.”
Blaze said her favorite part of the program was a mock trial experience. She served as a witness in the morning and then as a defense attorney with case files from a 1980 murder.
“LT does not have a mock trial program, but that would be so cool,” she said. “I would want to start one. I definitely want to do that in college.”
Blaze said she hopes to attend law school eventually in Washington after completing an undergraduate degree in business.
“There’s a lot you can do with a business degree, considering it’s a tough market,” she said. “If I have to put off law school, at least I can get a job.”
Blaze already has two jobs, working for the summer at Edgewood Country Club, south of La Grange, and in the fall she plans to start at a specialty apparel store coming to Oak Brook, Everything But Water.
Somehow, the energetic senior plans to maintain a flexible schedule so she can continue to volunteer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, help freshmen adjust to LT, lead groups in the school’s Operation Snowball peer leadership program and drum up spirit as a cheerleader during the basketball season
“I’m at the mommy-baby desk in the postpartum unit at the hospital,” she explained. “I give directions and wheel the new moms around with their little babies. It’s so great.”