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

Posted: June 13, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jared Peterson, a recent 2012 graduate of Morgantown High School in Monongalia 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 June, July and August.

"We welcome Jared 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 helps us better understand how our decisions may affect students."

Peterson is not a stranger to being in leadership roles.  He has been a member of his Morgantown High School’s student council for four years and served as student body president and vice president of his class during his senior year.  Peterson is also a member of the National Honor Society, Art Honor Society and Rowie Society. Following successful achievement scores on multiple Advanced Placement exams, Peterson was named as an AP Scholar. 

Peterson’s true passions are wrapped up in both politics and art.  His artwork has been showcased in the Morgantown area.  He plans to pursue a degree in political science and the fine arts in the fall of 2012. 

“I see my time as a representative on the West Virginia Board of Education as a valuable resource cherished by few people my age, and the opportunity will not be wasted,” Peterson said. “As I fulfill my term in the summer of 2012,I will passionately do all I can to make the most of this gift presented to me.”

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.

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