FARMINGTON — If Keaton Wall isn’t studying for one of his four AP courses this year, he might be planning a school activity with his fellow Bountiful High School student body officers.
Or maybe he’ll be running a meeting of the Bountiful City Youth Council where he serves as mayor, or working with fellow state officers on the Utah Association of Student Councils.
You will also be able to find Wall at meetings of the Davis School District Board of Education, where he is serving as the student board member for the 2014-15 school year.
“I’m really gung-ho,” said Wall. “It will be a great experience to be able to represent the students in the district.”
With an interest in technology – he is the “tech officer” for BHS students and loves to read technical manuals – Wall hopes to promote the implementation of more technology in schools.
“We need to learn how to learn with technology,” he said. Many students use technology for social purposes, he said, but iPads and iPhones can also help record lectures or take notes that can benefit students.
Wall worked full-time through the summer at his father’s dental business. He is saving money for an LDS mission he plans to serve after high school, but will leave the world of work during the school year to focus on his school studies and extracurricular activities.
After his mission, Wall hopes to attend BYU and then get a law degree and an MBA from Harvard.
Students can get a good education in Davis School District schools if they put in the effort, said Wall.
“I’ve had great teachers,” he said, “though a few could be improved. If students take the initiative they can be successful.”
The son of Judson and Marisa Wall, he said he loves meeting and working with new people.
He recently traveled to Washington with state student council officers and learned how to perform in a group and how to meet the psychological needs of group members, things he hopes to implement over the next year. He said he also learned about the planning process and how to turn an idea into a reality.
Rulon Homer, high school director for the district, said candidates from district high schools for the board position were all qualified.
“You couldn’t really make a mistake with any one of them,” he said.
Wall is really comfortable with adults, Homer said.
“He’s just a good all-around kid that’s been busy and involved in the schools, the community and his church,” he said. “He’s really, really comfortable with adults and he understands who he is.”
Wall’s expertise with technology will also be an advantage, said Homer.
“I look forward to representing the students of the district and sharing their ideas with the board,” said Wall.
Having someone from the “younger generation” can help refine the board’s “great ideas,” he said.