New Student Representative Joins W.Va. Board of Education for Three Meetings

November 10, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Ben Adams, a senior at Capital High School in Charleston, on Monday became the latest student representative to join the West Virginia Board of Education.

Adams, who will serve with the board during meetings in November, December and January, is active in Student Council and is the current student body president. He also served as student body treasurer during his sophomore and junior years.

In addition, Adams is a member of the Honor Society and played soccer as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He is on the Capital High School Web Design Team, serving as student Webmaster during his sophomore, junior and senior years.

He also is president of the Capital High School Teenage Republicans and is currently working with Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring to create a Superintendent's Advisors Council, which would include students from all county schools to allow for student input into policy decisions.

"We welcome Ben's participation with the state Board of Education," said West Virginia Board President Priscilla Haden. "Student representatives provide a young voice that helps us understand how our decisions affect students and also encourages civic participation."

The state board launched its student representative project in 2007 in an effort to promote civic awareness, garner teen input and give high school students the opportunity to see government in action. Since then, nine other students have participated.

Civics also is a component of the state's 21st century learning program, "Global21: Student deserve it. The world demands it." West Virginia is among only a few states that require students to take civics to graduate.

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.

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