Student Spotlight – FHC’s Ashley Roland represents District students at September BOE meeting

Posted on 09/21/2017
Ashley Roland (center front) poses with FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris (left), FHC Principal Dr. Sonny Arnel (right), and the FHSD Board of Education (back row) at the Sept. 22, 2017 FHSD BOE Meeting. Roland was the September Student Representative. (FHSD Photo)

Every month during the school year, the Francis Howell School District Board of Education invites a student to represent the student body on the dais. At the September meeting, Ashley Roland took her turn. As an outstanding scholar-athlete and a leader in her school and community, Roland epitomizes what it means to be a Francis Howell Central Spartan.

The daughter of Jamie and Kristin Roland, Ashley makes it a joy to be at FHC; just ask her teachers. FHC World Language Department Chair Jennifer Miller said, “(Ashley) is bright, she is always positive, she cares about others immensely, and she does everything with a huge smile on her face. She is an outstanding example of what a Spartan should be.”

Roland plays multiple sports – first softball, and now varsity basketball and track. Her involvement at FHC doesn’t end there. She also participates in Central Outreach, which focuses on helping the community with activities such as food and clothing drives. Roland also is an officer of FHC’s National Honor Society chapter, as well as the school’s Arête club, which are both character-building clubs that enhance the school’s atmosphere.

“Ashley has been a tremendous addition to my Success class this year as a Senior Mentor,” said FHC Math teacher Dena Rulo. “(Being a senior mentor) is a job that goes without much praise, but I could not make such a pivotal impact with my freshmen without Ashley. She gives tirelessly and selflessly every day in order to help struggling students become successful. Ashley is the perfect role model for my students, and personifies what a student-athlete is by balancing and excelling in academics, sports, and overall character.”

Roland certainly has the credentials to lead in the classroom. She’s an AP Scholar with a 4.76 (weighted) cumulative GPA, which earned her the Ultimate Spartan award for having the highest GPA on the track and field team. Her studies have been so successful that she was chosen to attend the exclusive Missouri Scholars Academyin 2016.

Roland’s leadership ability in the classroom, as well as on the field of play, truly sets her apart. Her basketball coach, Hayley Leake, talked about how Roland is what every teacher and coach loves to see in a student. “A true measure of education,” Leake said, “is unveiled through our ability to assimilate the ideas, inspirations, and challenges of not only our own paths, but that of our peers, schools, and communities. I cannot think of a better representative of this culture than Ashley Roland. I am honored to be a part of her journey as a coach and teacher, and I feel fortunate that her words will help provide insight into creating meaningful conversations and experiences for us all.”

Roland is currently undecided on her college but is interested in attending Vanderbilt or Rice University to pursue a degree in biochemistry. Wherever she continues her journey, she will surely continue to make FHC proud with her leadership and her smile.

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