Local student chosen for Governor’s youth council

A Pembroke High School junior has a chance to help the state address issues of concern to young people. Tristan Hussey was selected to be one of the 28 members of the latest class of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council. Governor Deval Patrick, who swore in the new members at a recent State House ceremony, established the council by executive order in 2008 to encourage young people to become civically engaged and to help the state address such issues as education reform, youth violence, and anti-bullying by assuming leadership roles. At Pembroke High School, Hussey is on the track team, the men’s choir, and the jazz band. “He’s just a wonderful young man, the whole package,” said Joanne McClune, a guidance counselor at the school who has worked with Hussey, calling him “a role model in the classroom, on the athletic field, and for everyone in the building.” Margaret Szostak, the school’s principal, called Hussey “one of those students you wish you could have many more of. He really gets involved in his school and gets involved in his community. And now he will be extending that beyond the community, which is great.” Members of the new class, who will serve for two years, were selected by an application review committee based on their excellence in leadership and their potential to create change in their communities, according to state officials. They will hold formal bimonthly sessions and provide advice to the governor on youth issues. They will also gather independently to discuss issues in their communities and how the state can partner with communities to tackle them.