New Student Representative Joins W.Va. Board

March 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Varun Menon, a senior at Martinsburg High School in Berkeley 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 March, April and May.

"We welcome Varun 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."

Menon excels as a member of the National Honor Society, the Hispanic Honor Society as well as varsity tennis and cross country, and Thespian Troupe. He was chosen to participate in the Governor’s Honors Academy in 2011 and on the Academic Competition for Excellence as captain. He also has participated in West Virginia Youth in Government and represented his county at the capitol, where he was elected Youth Governor.

“My motivation for being student representative is to help establish the public school system in West Virginia as one of the best in the nation so that students after me can enjoy the benefits of stronger educational opportunities,” Menon said

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.

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