CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Molly Ballard, a senior at Poca High School in Putnam County, is the newest high school student to join the West Virginia Board of Education. She will serve as the board’s student representative in post in September, October and November.
"We welcome Molly and look forward to her 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."
Ballard, a member of the National Honor Society, was the Student of the Month during her freshman and sophomore years. She was chosen as the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador for Poca High and as the ambassador for West Virginia to the World Leadership Congress in Chicago. She also plays volleyball and tennis.
”I believe that a student voice is a vital aspect in keeping the state Board of Education aware of occurrences and opportunities to improve schools in each county,” Ballard said. “The opinions and perspectives from students are too important to overlook.”
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.