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Madison Luder, left, and Lani Farley are both accomplished members of the Class of 2023 at Gowanda High School.

GOWANDA — Two members of the Class of 2023 added one more responsibility to their already jam-packed senior year schedules at Gowanda High School.

Lani Farley and Madison Luder were sworn in during a recent meeting as student members of the Gowanda Board of Education. They are committed to attending upcoming BOE meetings together in a team approach to their leadership stint.

“I thought it would be nice to have a student voice on the board,” said Farley, who also serves as class president, president of National Honor Society, president of the volleyball club and yearbook treasurer. “Especially when it comes to changing some things about student life here. This gives me an opportunity to help me and more of my fellow students be heard.”

Luder, who also serves as student government treasurer, hopes to provide the BOE members and administration with a fuller understanding of the student perspective in her new role.

“A lot of people in my grade are concerned about classes they are taking to go to college,” said Luder. “We all have opinions on things like what is happening in our classrooms and teacher-student interactions.”

In addition to both being ranked among the Top 10 members of the Class of 2023, they both are members of SADD, Spanish Club and Impactful Panthers, while also volunteering time as writers for the nonprofit Ensering Hopes and Dreams.

Farley and Luder are good friends outside of school and share similar visions for their futures.

Farley, recipient of the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and the RIT Innovation and Creativity scholarship, plans to major in biochemistry at a four-year university, followed by medical school with a goal of becoming an oncologist. Luder, a Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence nominee, plans to attend a four-year university, followed by medical school with a goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist.

The two students also credit the school district they currently attend.

“Our teachers are pretty incredible,” says Farley, whose family includes grandma Laurie Butcher and sisters Kaylynne Heary of the Class of 2018 and Adrianna Heary of the Class of 2019.

“They care about us and take care of us,” adds Luder, whose family includes mother Melissa Jensen, father Donald Luder and sisters Alisha Baker and Lindsey Quillen.

“Please join us in congratulating Lani and Madison on their appointments and wish them well as they advocate for their fellow students,” the Gowanda Central School District said in a post on social media. “We are pleased to have them collaborating with us for the remainder of the 2022-2023 academic year.”

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