New Student Representative Joins W.Va. Board

Posted: December 15, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Ronald “Trey” Lockhart, a senior at River View High School in McDowell County, is the newest high school student to join the West Virginia Board of Education. He will serve as the board’s student representative in December, January and February.

"We welcome Trey and look forward to his participation with the state Board of Education," said West Virginia Board President Wade Linger. "Student representatives provide a young voice that help us better understand how our decisions may affect students."

Lockhart excels both as a student and as a student-athlete. Last year he was inducted into the National Honor Society and also played on basketball and baseball teams that won their Class A sectional championships. He also placed second in the State Social Studies Fair in 2008, was chosen for Mountaineer Boys State in 2011 and made playoff appearances on the school’s football team in 2009 and 2010.

“Living in McDowell County, it seems like we live too far away from Charleston to voice our opinion on education matters,” Lockhart said. “…Through participation in WVBE meetings, I can express my beliefs concerning the importance of academic success, community revitalization, family support and youth leadership.”

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.

Students wishing to be considered for the board's program must complete an application, obtain parental permission, and submit letters of recommendation and a transcript.

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.