For Immediate Release: March 28, 2019
JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) has selected 11 semifinalists for the SBE student representative program, which will begin in the 2019-20 school year.
Student representatives will be non-voting members but will provide input on policy decisions that affect Mississippi public schools.
In December, the SBE invited applications from public school students who will be high school juniors or seniors in 2019-20. Through a competitive process, the SBE will appoint one rising junior and one rising senior to serve as student representatives consecutively in the initial year of program implementation. After the senior graduates, the junior representative will promote to the senior representative position. A new junior representative will be appointed annually.
The applicant pool included 52 students. The semifinalists are:
Approximately 15 state boards of education have successfully implemented student advisory programs. In 2018, the SBE adopted a policy outlining the criteria for adding student representatives to the State Board
The two student representatives will be announced at the June 2019 SBE meeting.
Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications
Jean Cook, APR
Director of Public Relations