CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Lindsay Holmes, a senior at Sissonville High School in Kanawha County, has joined the West Virginia Board of Education as its newest student representative.
Holmes, a student athlete who volunteers at her church and in her community, attended her first meeting this week in Charleston. She also will serve in January and February.
“We welcome Lindsay’s participation,” said board President Delores W. Cook. “Having student representatives on the West Virginia Board of Education not only broadens their education but also provides a young voice on how our decisions affect students.”
The state board launched its student representative project last year in an effort to promote civic awareness, garner teen input and give high school students the opportunity to see government in action. Since then, six other students have participated. Civics also is a component of the state’s 21st Century Learning program.
“Civics is so important to a well-rounded education in a Democratic society," said board Vice President Priscilla Haden, who proposed the project. “A healthy democracy depends on the participation of citizens and that participation must be learned. Individuals do not automatically become free and responsible citizens.”
West Virginia is among only a few states that require students to take civics to graduate. Civics courses were long offered as electives and became required last fall for the Class of 2008.
Students wishing to be considered for the board’s program must complete an application, obtain parental permission and submit letters of recommendation. For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.