CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three West Virginia high school students selected to serve as student representatives to the West Virginia Board of Education will have the opportunity to add a student voice to government in action.
Lexi Miller, a senior at Parkersburg High School in Wood County, will fill the student position in December, January and February. Quinton Hinzman, a senior at Doddridge County High School, will serve in March, April and May. Savannah Chandler, a junior at Ritchie County High School, will take the post in September, October and November 2011.
"We welcome all three students and look forward to their 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."
Miller is student body president, a cheerleader and a member of the Local School Improvement Council at Parkersburg, one of the state’s largest high schools. She is an active in her community as a volunteer for cancer drives and blood drives. Hinzman is active in track and was among a select group of students chosen to participate in the Quest Bridge College Admission Conference at Yale University in June. Chandler, a multi-sport student-athlete, also is vice president of her school’s Student Council and a member of the National Honor Society.
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.
“Regrettably, research shows that only about 30 percent of young people between the ages 18 to 24 consistently vote,” Haden said. “Programs like this are so important if we are to overcome the statistics and help our young people develop an understanding of how our government works.”
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.
– The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.”, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.