Brenna Pangelinan, front row center, was student board member in the Sweetwater Union High School District.
Brenna Pangelinan, front row center, was student board member in the Sweetwater Union High School District. Photo via district

A 16-year-old Eastlake High School student has been named to the State Board of Education, the governor’s office announced Friday.

San Diego’s Brenna Pangelinan, a swim and water polo star, was chosen from a field of 12 semifinalists and three finalists for the one-year student member term.

Pangelinan has been athletics commissioner for the Eastlake High School Associated Student Body since 2018. She was champions council member for the Nothing But Nets UN Foundation Campaign and captain of Eastlake’s water polo team from 2017 to 2018.

Pangelinan, a student board member of the Sweetwater Union High School District in 2018, is founder of the Eastlake High Mental Health Task Force.

According to the application, the student member will spend at least two consecutive school days every other month to attend regular meetings, usually in Sacramento.

Pangelinan — whose position requires state Senate confirmation — also is expected to attend selected advisory group meetings, student meetings, workshops and conferences.

All transportation costs are paid by the SBE, along with lodging and meal costs allowed by state regulations. She’ll also receive a $100 stipend for each day’s service on official business.

The other finalists were Olivia Ang-Olson of C.K. McClatchy Senior High School in the Sacramento City Unified School District and Udayanti Mukherjee of Dublin High School in Alameda County.

Also among the semifinalists were Isaiah Colmenero and Cloe Moreno of High Tech High in the San Diego Unified School District.

Gema Q. Cardenas of Life Academy of Health and Bioscience will serve out her board term until July 31, 2019.

Cardenas has been health and wellness director of the Oakland Unified School District’s All City Council Student Union from 2016 to 2017 and member of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education from 2017-2018.

Gov. Gavin Newsom also reappointed Brian Anderson, 55, of Carlsbad to the State Mining and Geology Board, where he has served since 2014.

Anderson has been principal geologist at Sespe Consulting Inc. since 2018. He held multiple positions at Vulcan Materials Company from 2002 to 2008, including vice president of property permitting and environment, director of environment, regulatory affairs and sustainable development, environmental affairs manager and area resources manager.

Anderson, a Republican, held positions at Brown and Caldwell Inc. from 1994 to 2002, including program leader, operations manager and senior project manager.

He is a registered professional geologist and earned a master of science degree in geological sciences from UC Riverside. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

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