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

September 07, 2011

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

Chandler, who will serve with the board during meetings in September, October and November, is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in Quiz Bowl, Science Bowl and peer mediation. She also plays volleyball, basketball and softball.

Chandler’s awards include the Citizenship Award, the Presidential Award, Student of the Month, Student of the Week and Rebel Leader. She also has been invited to participate in many conferences, including the Governor’s School for Math and Science, The National Young Leadership Conference, the National Youth Leadership Forum of Medicine, The Global Young Leadership Conference, the Hi-Y Leadership State Leadership Conference, and the Peer Mediation Conference. She also is active in her community as a volunteer for various organizations, including the Red Cross.

"We welcome Savannah's participation with the state Board of Education," said West Virginia Board President Wade Linger. "Student representatives provide the board with a different perspective and also encourage 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.

“By every standard, Savannah is an outstanding student,” said Ritchie County High School Principal April Haught. “Her character, dedication as a student, work ethic and over-all personality make her stand out among her peers.”

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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