KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) - A recent Brooks High School graduate in Killen left his books and desk behind with his site set on a much bigger role in education.
Stokes Kasmeier, 19, is running for a seat on the Lauderdale County Board of Education.
"Coming fresh out of high school, you've got 12 years that I've been through my school career," Kasmeier said. "I couldn't figure out a better way to start than our education system. I see so many things that we can change to make it better, and that's just my goal, to help us make it better."
Those 12 years were spent in the Lauderdale County school system. Kasmeier graduated this past May, and has seen first hand the current issues students and teachers face.
"My goal is to help us make it better, and to get issues that students, teachers now have addressed so that we can make a better school system out of it," he said.
He wants to add a young mind to the table, and is running for Place 1 on the Lauderdale County Board of Education. He is the youngest ever to take that step.
"Even though I'm young, I've always had a passion to help people."
Kasmeier wants to bring in new, innovative policies that relate to changing times. As a recent graduate, he said students' needs are fresh on his mind.
"Even if I don't get it, there's always the next time around. I'm going to shoot that next time around because if you don't win one thing, you pick yourself back up and just do it again."
The teen said his parents had nothing to do with the decision to run for a seat on the board. But, they are behind their son 100 percent.