For Immediate Release: March 20, 2020
State Board Selects Semifinalists for State Board Student Representative Program
JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) has selected 10 semifinalists to serve as the SBE junior student representative 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.
The eligible applicant pool for the rising junior representative included 23 students.
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.
Semi-finalists will be interviewed 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:
|Ms. Hannah Carson||Monroe County School District||Hatley High School|
|Mr. Christian Dunne||Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District||Starkville High School|
|Mr. Hans Elasri||Lamar County School District||Oak Grove High School|
|Ms. April Guo-Yue||Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District||Starkville High School|
|Mr. Zion Johnson||Columbus Municipal School District||Columbus High School|
|Mr. Wykendrick Jones||East Jasper School District||Heidelberg High School|
|Ms. Anna Lafferty||Lafayette County School District||Lafayette High School|
|Ms. Andee Robertson||Lamar County School District||Purvis High School|
|Mr. Weston “Archer” Taylor||Petal School District||Petal High School|
|Ms. Amy Zhang||Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District||Starkville High School|