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

March 14, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Quinton Hinzman, a senior at Doddridge County High School, on Wednesday became the latest student representative to join the West Virginia Board of Education.

Hinzman, who will serve with the board during meetings in March, April and May, is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. He holds varsity letters in cross country, track and swimming. He was among a select group of students chosen to participate in the Quest Bridge College Admission Conference at Yale University last June.

He has attended Boys State and the Governor’s Honor Academy and has been recognized for his volunteer work at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg. Hinzman is a former president of the Doddridge County Teen Court. His academic knowledge garnered him first place in the 2010 West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair in earth and space science. He finished second in 2008 and 2009.

"We welcome Quinton'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.
“Regrettably, research shows that only about 30 percent of young people between the ages 18 to 24 consistently vote,” Haden said. “While voting rates increase with age, if young adults are not engaged, there's a danger that their apathy will become ingrained. Programs like this are so important if we are to overcome the statistics and help our young people develop an adequate understanding of how our government works and become well prepared to participate as citizens.”
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 high 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. 

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