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State Board Seeks Rising High School Junior to Serve as Advisor Starting in the 2020-21 School Year


For Immediate Release:  December 4, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) is seeking applications from rising high school juniors who wish to serve as the junior student representative to the State Board starting in the 2020-21 school year.

The SBE student representative program includes one high school junior and one high school senior who serve as non-voting SBE members and provide input on policy decisions that affect Mississippi public schools. The current junior SBE representative, Omar Jamil of DeSoto County Schools, will serve as the senior representative in 2020-21.

Through a competitive process, the SBE will appoint one rising junior to serve as a student representative for a two-year term starting in 2020-21.

Student representatives are responsible for attending monthly SBE meetings and any standing committees or subcommittees to which they are assigned. Student representatives are excused from school to attend SBE meetings as official school business.

The SBE adopted a policy in 2018 outlining the criteria for adding student representatives to the State Board. 

Students who wish to apply to serve as the SBE junior representative starting in the 2020-21 school year must complete the application posted on the MDE website:

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. January 31, 2020.

For questions, contact Donna Hales at 601-359-2331 or


Media Contact: 

Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications

Jean Cook, APR
Director of Public Relations