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State Board Selects Semifinalists for State Board Student Representative Program


For Immediate Release: April 15, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) has selected 10 semifinalists to serve as the SBE junior student representative in the 2021-22 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, Amy Zhang from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, will serve as the senior representative in 2021-22.

The eligible applicant pool for the rising junior representative included 73 students, an increase from 23 last year.

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.  

Semifinalists will be interviewed in June and up to four finalists will be named. The SBE will interview the finalists and appoint one rising junior.

The 10 semifinalists are as follows:


School District


Ms. Kayle Amos

Rankin County School District

Brandon High School

Ms. Aminata Ba

DeSoto County School District

DeSoto Central High School

Ms. Carrie “McKenzie” Bivens

Houston School District

Houston High School

Mr. Joshua Bowman

Rankin County School District

Northwest Rankin High School

Ms. Alexs Chen

DeSoto County School District

Center Hill High School

Ms. Madison DeVaul

Rankin County School District

Northwest Rankin High School

Ms. Micah Hill

Laurel School District

Laurel High School

Mr. Keerthin Karthikeyan

Oxford School District

Oxford High School

Ms. Isabella Reynolds

Pascagoula-Gautier School District

Pascagoula High School

Ms. Ella Watts

Columbia School District

Columbia High School


Media Contact:

Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications

Jean Cook, APR
Director of Public Relations