UVa-Wise’s Student Government Association has two new members after vacancies were filled this month.
Freshman Pedrito Valadaz and junior Mckayla Grasham have been picked to fill vacancies on the SGA Senate for the spring semester.
“Coming into the new semester we had 2 vacancies on the Senate,” said SGA President Jackson Hamilton. “These vacancies were open to the student body, specifically freshman and juniors.”
Hamilton said the selection process for the appointments involved an SGA selection committee that reviewed resumes of hopefuls for the freshman and junior senate seats and interviewed candidates after winter break.
Valadaz and Grasham have taken their seats on the senate.
“The reason I wanted to join SGA and serve as freshman senator, is because I want to be a voice for the freshman class as well as be an advocate for student involvement,” said Valadaz, a freshman from northern Virginia. “I really hope to combat student apathy and make UVa – Wise the best campus it can be.”
Valadaz said he wants to add his voice to the Buildings and Grounds Committee as well as the Diversity Committee.
Grasham, a student from Maryland, said she wants be a voice for her fellow students.
“I was looking for new ways to get involved,” Grasham said. “I am SAB Vice President and have always wanted to be a part of SGA.”
“We are excited about having Valadaz and Grasham on the Senate and I am certain that these two will serve our body well,” Hamilton said, adding that all meetings are open to the student body and public.