HMS2 Student Advisory Board

Academic Year 2019-2020

Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, high school students across southeast Michigan were invited to participate as an inaugural cohort in the HMS2 Student Advisory Board. The Board met regularly to explore the topics of mental health and well-being, especially as they relate to the experiences of high school students. The Board also provided guidance on HMS2 survey development by identifying and prioritizing survey topics that would best serve students, student advocates, and student wellness. Additionally, the Board provided invaluable feedback about survey characteristics including language, presentation, modes of administration, and other critical aspects. We are grateful to have had the privilege to work with such a bright, talented, and dedicated  group of students as an inaugural cohort. 

Annie is a recent graduated senior from Northville High School. While at NHS, she was Vice President of Student Congress, Co-president of National Honor Society, and was heavily involved in her school’s band, Model United Nations, and Rotary Interact. She also founded a mental health awareness club called Color My World which has raised over $33,300, funded suicide prevention training for NHS staff, and launched dozens of mental health outreaches at her school. Annie’s work has recieved accolades from state senators and a gubernatorial tribute from Governor Gretchen Whitmer. In the fall, Annie will be going green and attending Michigan State’s James Madison, to pursue a double major in international relations and public policy. In her free time she loves to write, draw, and vlog.
Annie H
Northville High School
Michigan State University
Pranav is a rising senior at Novi High School. Here, he is involved with orchestra, robotics, C.A.L.M. club, and HOSA. While there, he helped start up an initiative for tutoring students at a local elementary school through the school’s tutoring club. Furthermore, he was involved in the student mental health committee, helping raise funds for care baskets for health care workers, and during the pandemic, he helped distribute 3D printed face shields for healthcare workers in need with the robotics team. He plans to study neuroscience and psychology in college. He also loves reading, playing the violin, and volunteering at hospitals.
Pranav K
Novi High School
Vanessa is a graduating senior from Mercy High School’s class of 2020. At Mercy, she played tennis and lead her senior Kairos retreat. In her free time, she likes to draw, read, and cook. In the fall, she plans to attend the University of Michigan to study either Computer Science or Neuroscience.
Vanessa R
Mercy High School
University of Michigan
Ashley is a recent graduate of Novi High School. At Novi, she was involved in HOSA Future Health Professionals, mock trial, debate, National Honor Society, and band. She also was an active volunteer tutor and founded Lesson Connection, a nonprofit which increases access to music education. This fall Ashley will attend Princeton University as an Economics and Public Health major. In her free time she enjoys yoga, baking, and running.
Ashley F
Novi High School
Princeton University
Brooke will be a senior at Rochester High School in the fall. At Rochester, she is involved in student government, multiple honor societies, and is a two-sport varsity athlete. This upcoming fall, she hopes to start her own mental health initiative at Rochester that focuses on decreasing the stigma around mental health. In Brooke's free time she enjoys reading, trying new recipes, and hanging out with her friends.
Brooke G
Rochester High School
Julie is a senior from Ferndale High School. She has spent her year juggling what she wants to do and how she wants to get involved because she has only been in Michigan for a year. She wants to raise more awareness for mental health as it’s extremely important to her and what she and her family has gone through. In the fall, she hopes to get everything sorted so she can start life next year. She also likes to draw, paint or just relax with a good video game.
Julie B
Ferndale High School
Haley just completed her junior year at Farmington High School. She is involved in the volunteer and service clubs at school Interact Impact, and UNICEF. In the fall, she is excited to continue working with her high school administration to head the organization of a mental health and wellness program that supports students while bringing more awareness to mental health issues in her community. Additionally, she plays the flute in her school’s symphony band and is an active member of her church’s youth group. She works part time in a restaurant as a hostess where she enjoys meeting new people everyday. In her downtime she loves to read and enjoys activities with her parents and three younger brothers like traveling, hiking and spending time outdoors.
Haley R
Farmington High School

Not pictured: 

Ryan H. – Skyline High School

Alice H.- Ypsilanti Community High

Abhay S. – International Academy East