Throughout the school year, the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) Board of Education invites a student to represent their peers at the monthly meeting. This month the Board entertained a special guest, the first middle school student to represent the student body at an FHSD Board meeting. Spencer Rodecap, the son of David and Heather Rodecap, and an eighth grader from Saeger Middle School, whom teachers and administrators describe as the ideal Saeger Spartan.
Saeger English teacher Suzan Wilson appreciates Rodecap’s character. “Spencer exudes respect for all and stands out as a model student,” Wilson said, “always being the first to lend a helping hand to others. The Saeger family is truly blessed by Spencer, as his kindness is contagious.”
Students who engage with their school tend to achieve higher academically, and Rodecap exemplifies that. He is involved in the Junior Spartan Ambassador Program, and is a Spectra student – the gifted program in FHSD. His cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) is a remarkable 3.92, and this has certainly been noticed by Saeger administration. “Spencer excels academically in all subjects, and is a model Spartan,” said Dr. Kandy Worley, principal at Saeger Middle. “He is kind to all students, and truly demonstrates our pillars of respect, responsibility, and safety. His teachers, counselors, and principals find him to have exemplary character.”
Personally, Rodecap is an avid hunter and video game aficionado. Having him in her class, Wilson enjoys how pensive and thoughtful he can be. She said fondly, “He is a man of few words – but, those words are well-chosen and mighty powerful.”
Board President Mark Lafata cheerfully gave Rodecap a chance to use those well-chosen and powerful words, by offering him the opportunity to run the evening’s meeting. Rodecap’s reaction was described as first surprised, and finally pleased. Lafata followed that by telling Rodecap, as they began to review District expenditures, that if his principal had any requests, this was the time to bring them forth. And to prove Rodecap’s maturity, he did not ask for extra recess or a video game room at his school.
Rodecap will be headed to Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School next year, going from Junior Spartan to full Spartan. FHC is looking forward to having this model Spartan to represent them just as well as he has represented Saeger.