Nicolas Jaber is now a member of the jet set.
The junior at Newport Harbor High School will serve on the California School Board Assn. as a student representative for its legislative committee.
Translation: At 16, Jaber will occasionally fly to Sacramento to review legislation that affects school districts across the Golden State, including his own district, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
"Basically, the legislative committee looks over legislation that affects schools throughout California and it lobbies either for it or against it on behalf of the school board association," Jaber said in a phone interview Tuesday. "It seems pretty cool."
A few months ago, Jaber applied to serve as the sole student representative for the California State Board of Education, but did not get the position. So, a few weeks ago, the Newport-Mesa Board of Education decided to bestow the next best honor on Jaber, who is vice president of the Newport Harbor High School's Associated Student Body.