Von Stange joined the DRB last year when student positions on CBCs were first established. He said that he had found the members to be friendly and helpful. He feels fortunate to have them as colleagues and, beyond the Board, counts them as friends.
This is not the first time that von Stange has gained note for leading the way in a position. Last year, he was chosen to head up the Shelburne Republican Committee—making him the youngest person in the history of the town to do so.
“I really appreciate politics,” von Stange said. He noted that his parents, Gary and Nora von Stange, are role models for him. The pair are both attorneys, and Gary serves as Chair of the Selectboard.
Von Stange said that he is looking forward to having a more active role in the DRB. As a student member, he could offer input but lacked the ability to vote on any matter—including the minutes. Now, though, he will be able to officially weigh in on the interpretation of the bylaws.
The CVU senior has also built a reputation for his many other involvements both within the school and Shelburne communities. He estimates that, during the past few years, he has volunteered more than 170 hours at Shelburne Farms–a place that he considers a “second home.”
While von Stange is the first student to make the move into a full position, he said that he hopes and expects that others will follow suit. One student who is likely to follow suit, von Stange said, is Peter Antinozzi.
As for what the future holds for Von Stange, he is looking toward college. The college he will be calling alma mater next fall still has not been determined, but high on his list is UVM’s Honors College. Beyond that, he plans to head to law school. In the more immediate, though, he is looking to fuel his passion for politics with an internship with a political campaign this summer.