Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School rising junior Noah Van Osterlitz was elected last week to the post of New York state communications director for the High School Democrats of America.
Van Osterlitz said that he has always been interested in politics.
“One of my first memories is [President Barack| Obama’s election in 2008. His example really inspired me to take an interest in how our elected representatives can affect change,” Van Osterlitz said.
He also said that his involvement with Chad Putman’s campaign for the 49th State Senate District in 2016 encouraged him to take his interest in politics to another level.
The New York State High School Democrats’ election took place over the course of last week, with online voting ending on Friday night. Van Osterlitz nominated himself for the position by submitting his name and platform to the current New York State High School Democrats election board the week before the election.
His platform is focused around diversity outreach programs, the development of a stronger social media presence and increased involvement with the Democratic Party on both state and federal levels.
“It’s my goal to establish diversity outreach programs within New York state to further understand how the High School Democrats can evolve to represent everyone. I plan to reach out to other students and want to establish at least one chapter of High School Democrats in every county in New York,” Van Osterlitz said.
He intends to start close to home, by establishing a chapter at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.
“I feel like there’s a lot I can do to make a difference,” Van Osterlitz said.