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

February 11, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Tiffany Sisson, a student at Buffalo High School in Putnam County, on Thursday became the latest student representative to join the West Virginia Board of Education.

Sisson, 18, will serve with the board during meetings in February, March and June. In high school, she has been active as the vice president of her senior class and with the Putnam County Career and Technical Center programs, including SkillsUSA. She is a state SkillsUSA officer and also is involved in cheerleading and on the softball team. She is the recipient of the Young Journalism Writers Award and the Academic Excellence Award. In the community, she volunteers with the March of Dimes.
"We welcome Tiffany'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, 10 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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