AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Students are wondering why soda was banned from school,” Patterson said. “We never got a full explanation.” Patterson first became involved with student government as a freshman. Last year, he was the junior class vice president. He currently serves as senior class treasurer. Student government teacher Vincent Ferry has worked with Patterson during the past four years and said he has always shown enthusiasm for student activities. Ferry said the role of student representative on the school board can be an eye-opener to the political process and gives an understanding about how policies are made. Because policies voted by the board affect students, Ferry said it’s helpful to have a teenager there offering his point of view. “You want to involve the people with the policies that you’re making,” Ferry said. Associated Student Body secretary Andrew Trock, 17, said he’s impressed with Patterson’s ideas and the enthusiasm he has for school. “He’s always at football games pumping up the crowd as best as he can,” Trock said. Patterson plans to continue his involvement with student government next year when he begins college at the University of Mississippi. He wants to pursue a history major and hopes to one day teach the subject at the high school level. “I’ve had a lot of strong history teachers in high school, and from the way they taught it, I really understood,” Patterson said. “I figured, why not continue.” Sue Doyle,(661) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The youngest member of the school board for William S. Hart Union School District recently took his seat and is ready for business. Lee Patterson, 17, was elected by his peers to serve as student board member for the 2005-06 school year and began his first term at the Nov. 16 school board meeting. In his role, Patterson can’t vote on policies and issues in the same way as other board members. But he can share his opinion on matters. And the Valencia High School senior said he’s ready to talk because there are issues that are already on his mind, from the lack of mirrors in school bathrooms to the campus soda ban. These are matters that Patterson and others discuss in meetings on the student communication council, where representatives from every high school and junior high congregate and discuss what’s happening on campus.