An 18-year-old who recently graduated from Kenowa Hills High School has been elected to the school's board.

Eric-John Szczepaniak, a freshman studying political science at Grand Valley State University, is West Michigan's youngest elected official, Wood TV 8 reports. 

Szczepaniak beat out Danielle Storey, who is about 20 years older than he is.

He credits the win to actually talking to people, telling Wood TV 8,

“When you can talk to someone for a minute or two, even that quick, and just explain who you are, why you’re running, then they’re a lot more likely to go out and actually vote for you."

During his six year term, Szczepaniak says his goals are to give students more of a voice and to help bridge the gap between wealth and achievement.