North Hills students to serve as West View Council junior members
Two West View teenagers are getting involved in their community by serving as the borough's first junior council members.
North Hills High School students Madison Hintemeyer and Austin Babjak were sworn into office on April 10 and will attend meetings of West View Council to learn about local government and update members on North Hills School District news.
Hintemeyer and Babjak were chosen from a handful of students who were asked to apply.
“This is a great experience for them,” said Bruce Fromlak, West View police chief and borough manager, who helped organize the program with gifted-education teacher Steve Hoza.
Hintemeyer, 16, is a North Hills junior who participates in the German Club.
“I like the community and the neighborhoods” of West View, said Hintemeyer, who moved to the borough when she was in the third grade.
She said likes politics but doesn't want to be a professional politician.
Hintemeyer said she hopes to study nursing and thinks that being a junior council member could prepare her for sitting on boards of nursing societies.
Babjak is a North Hills sophomore who plays baseball and has lived in West View for about 11 years.
He said he applied to be a junior council member because he wanted to learn more about West View, which he calls a “friendly” place to live.
“It was definitely informative,” Babjak, 16, said about the first meeting he attended, in which council members discussed tree planting, summer recreation programs and construction bids.
“There's really a lot that goes into it,” he said.
Babjak said he hopes to go into sports marketing.
“This really opens their eyes to another side of the community they don't see in schools,” said Hoza, of Freedom.
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer at Trib Total Media. Reach her at email@example.com or at 724-772-6353.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.