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North Hills students to serve as West View Council junior members

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
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North Hills High School students Austin Babjak (right) and Madison Hintemeyer are sworn in as West View junior council members Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Kelsey Shea | McKnight Journal
West View junior council members Madison Hintemeyer (left) and Austin Babjak attend the groundbreaking for a $500,000 rain garden in the borough on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

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 kshea@tribweb.com or at 724-772-6353.

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