An 18 year old high school student has been elected to the Irrigon City Council.

Marlina Avila Serratos, who still attends high school classes, is the newest board member for the city of Irrigon where she was raised her whole life. Serratos is a high school stand out senior who has been involved for years helping her community through her school. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and started her own group to help first-generation college students learn about financial aid and resources. Her mother was deported when she was 12 and was raised by her father who worked a lot. She was responsible for taking care of her sisters and Serratos credits that experience with making her mature and independent according to reports.

She will begin her four year term for City Council at the first meeting she attends after the election on January 17th. Serratos says “I want (Irrigon) to be a place where people said it grew so fast, and became a place where people could bring their kids". She hopes to bring fresh ideas and be a great representative to Irrigon and to be a representative of the Hispanic population of the area. She says her sisters gave her great advice, telling her “Nothing is impossible. You can do it. Don’t let anything hold you back,”