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Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods announced the official names of the 2018-19 Student Advisory Council. Among those is Cristian Vergara, senior at Dalton High School.
Throughout the school year, these selected middle and high school students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom.
Members of the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other issues related to education, serve as the Superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools and participate in service projects to benefit schools and students.
Vergara said he'd like to fight for ways to increase graduation rates. "If we could find a way to have more students engaged, like requiring participation in extracurricular activities, I think that would help," he said. "We will be meeting with officials to give our perspective of ways their policies impact us. It sounds like a great opportunity."
Members were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants who applied to serve on the council. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education as well as their community service experience. The students selected attend public schools all over the state, in every RESA district in Georgia. See the full list of students here.
"Every day, I'm faced with choices that will directly affect Georgia's kids," Superintendent Woods said. "Because of the students who serve on this council, I'm better able to make sound, informed decisions. I deeply value their input and involvement."Meetings of the Student Advisory Council will be held October 10, November 28, February 5, and May 13 for middle school students and October 11, November 29, February 6, and May 14 for high school students.