2019 – 2020 Youth Commissioners

Helen Gao - Chair
Helen Gao - Chair12th Grade - Ferris High School
This is my third year on the Commission and I look forward to working with my peers to better serve our community. As Chair, I aim to give youth a greater voice in important issues by increasing our involvement in local government. At Ferris I hold officer positions in the Math, Science, Robotics and French clubs, and I am dually enrolled at Gonzaga University. I volunteer to provide food for those in need and fundraise to support homeless youth. I hope to lead this years diverse and talented group of Commissioners to address similar issues by developing youth-driven initiatives that make a positive impact on vulnerable youth in our community.
Sydney Lennemann - Vice Chair
Sydney Lennemann - Vice Chair12th Grade - Saint Georges High School
This is my second year on the Commission and I am excited to continue to serve my peers in this capacity. At school I am a member of the community service club and basketball team, and outside school I am President of the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant Teen Board. I look forward to bettering my understanding of local government as well as work with my fellow Commissioners on meaningful projects.
Jada Richardson
Jada Richardson11th Grade - Innovation High School
I’m a true believer in diversity and inclusion, that’s why I am very excited to represent my community on the Chase Youth Commission. Being part of the Commission gives me an opportunity to engage in important conversations with youth who have similar interests. I am a Junior at Innovation and a running start student at Eastern Washington University. I often volunteer at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, serve on the Diversity Advisory Council for Spokane Public Schools, and am very involved with the Spokane Police Department’s youth outreach programs.
Kayla Priebe
Kayla Priebe11th Grade - Homeschool/Central Valley High School
This is my first year on the Commission and I am ready to get started doing everything we can to help youth in our community. In addition to my homeschool subjects, I am the assistant viola principal in the CVHS Chamber Orchestra and am taking running start classes at Spokane Community College. Outside of school I enjoy being part of the Spokane Elite All Star dance team, exploring nature, working on photography, reading, and this past summer I completed two triathlons! I am always looking for ways to get involved with my community and am excited to go on this journey as a Chase Youth Commissioner!
Abigail Moore
Abigail Moore12th Grade - Lewis & Clark High School
Being able to continue my work with the Commission for the fourth and final year is such an honor and pleasure. I’m a senior and also a running start student at Spokane Falls Community College, a lifeguard/swimming instructor at the YMCA, and Miss Lilac City’s Outstanding Teen 2019. I volunteer for many organizations and events in our community and draw cartoons on WEBTOON.
Parker Spradling
Parker Spradling12th Grade - Homeschool
I am honored to serve on the Chase Youth Commission this year. I feel that I bring a unique perspective and am excited for the opportunity. I enjoy creative writing, volunteering, politics, and hiking on the many great trails we have. I look forward to representing the voice of many of our youth and working with City and County leaders to make our community a better place!
Maggie Rosengren
Maggie Rosengren11th Grade - North Central High School
At North Central I am active in basketball, National Honor Society and hold several leadership positions. Outside of school I volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank and River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary. I am very passionate about gender, race, age and socioeconomic equality and I can’t wait to advocate for Spokane youth. I feel so honored and grateful to have been selected to serve the youth of Spokane, and our City, as a Chase Youth Commissioner!
Megan Manuel
Megan Manuel 11th Grade - East Valley High School
This will be my first year on the Commission and i am honored to be given the opportunity be more involved and work to improve our community.
Ivy Pete
Ivy Pete10th Grade - North Central High School
In my first year as a Commissioner, my biggest goal is to become a more impactful advocate to bring about positive change. I hope to use this new position as an opportunity to work alongside youth to bring more awareness of the issues youth face. Outside of the Commission, I am involved in numerous leadership roles including President for the Class of 2022, Shades Club, and participating on the debate team and athletics.
Adelaide Lennemann
Adelaide Lennemann11th Grade - Saint Georges High School
I am excited to be a member of the Chase Youth Commission and have the opportunity to serve my community and learn more about local government.

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