Stephenson said he’s not overly concerned with having to make concessions to fulfill his school board duties.
“I think there are some things where I’m giving up a little bit,” he said. “ ... Always through school, I was the kind of kid who was directing a musical, vice president of the student council, manager on the basketball team, so I always had my hand in every pot.
Responsibility is something that I’ve kind of had to deal with, and doing 4-H really helped me out with that.
“I think what I’m giving up, I’m gaining even more and (gaining) things that will help me in the long run. I’m still getting an education, which to me is the most important part.”
Being the youngest person on the school board, Stephenson said he’s looking forward to working with his fellow board members.
“I was expecting to work with adults,” he said. “Obviously, there weren’t any other 19-year-olds running, or anyone under the age of 35 that I know of. I’ve always gotten along with adults fine.”
He said communication with the other candidates was key to his victory.
“Luckily for me, I talked to all the candidates who were running, and especially the two who won,” he said. “We all kind of had this same idea ... of where the board should go, and where the school corporation should go. So part of it was talking to candidates beforehand and making sure everyone was on the same page. I’m not nervous about it. I’m excited.”
He said the idea to run began to form during the fall of his senior year, when he took a government class taught by Mike Neilson, who also serves on the Danville Town Council.
In the end, he said, it came down to his to desire to fix things for his generation and those who will follow.
“You always hear politicians and the media say we’re piling up this debt and we’re doing this or doing that, and the next generation’s going to have to take care of it, this is something the next generation’s going to have to deal with,” he said. “My philosophy is, I am the next generation, and you guys are messing it up now. I might as well start taking over now, and trying to get these things fixed, whether it be at a local, state, or national level.”