Seniors say farewell to advisory board

“Don’t spend it if you don’t have it” offers Christina Bonaparte, a graduating senior from Rock Hill High, who has served on our Youth Advisory Board for one year. Bonaparte recently presented her project to the board and earned a $1,000 scholarship she’ll use in the fall at Converse College. She plans to major in education and psychology with hopes on one day becoming a guidance counselor.

She is one of nine seniors who served on the board made up of 15-17 year olds. The board, created in 2008, tells Family Trust what young adults like and need. Other seniors are: Michael Cranford and Tommy Austin, South Pointe High; Garrett Hybarger and Tara Ecklof, Clover High; Kimball Prosser and Matthew Ransom, York Comprehensive High, and Natalie Crain and Emma Fitzgerald, Rock Hill High.

Youth advisory board members say they most enjoyed learning from one another how to better manage their money and learning how the decisions they make now affect their future. The group participated in financial discussions and attended a teambuilding day where they learned about budgeting based on future job salaries.

“I enjoyed the feel of this year’s board,” says Miriam Coburn, a Clover High junior who served two years. “We had a lot of fun with each other.”

Applications for membership to the board will be accepted until Aug. 29. Members meet monthly to learn about money matters and how credit unions work. For more information contact Kendra Collins at 326-2114 or

Thank you graduating board members. You served us well.