Ridgefield High School sophomore Caroline Whelan was appointed to the Youth Commission at the Board of Selectmen meeting Wednesday, April 19. Whelan is an accomplished student actively involved in extracurriculars and philanthropy. She has been granted the Women\u2019s Empowerment Scholarship to spend one week at Georgetown University this summer, where she will collaborate with international development experts and other high school students to solve problems facing small businesses in northern Nigeria. \u201cI thought there\u2019s still more I can do locally,\u201d she said. \u201cI want to become an official member and encourage my peers to do so as well.\u201d All the selectmen were impressed with her r\u00e9sum\u00e9, although Selectman Bob Hebert warned the sophomore to not stretch herself too thin by taking on so many commitments. \u201cThis is a very impressive r\u00e9sum\u00e9,\u201d he said. \u201cMost highly successful adults don\u2019t end their career with the accomplishments that you have.\u201d \u201cBut just think about, do you have the time and the bandwidth to take on one more commitment like this? And is this a healthy decision for you?\u201d Whelan said the commitment won\u2019t be a problem, and that she looks forward to being a formal member of the commission.