Joshua Lafazan, Syosset School Board Member

Lavazan is the Syosset High School senior who just won a seat on the school board, garnering thousands more votes than the nearest candidate. He’s also the youngest member the board has ever had, and one of the youngest Long Islanders to ever get recognized on our Power List. Given his accomplishments so far—from being senior class president to founding Safe Ride Syosset, a non-profit group aimed at eradicating teenage drinking and driving—he’s also found time to be a soccer club referee, a lifeguard and a counselor at Sunrise Day Camp, which is exclusively for kids with cancer and their siblings. He vows to bring a welcome breath of fresh air to the school district. Somebody should name an energy drink after him!

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