New Student Representative Joins W.Va. Board

March 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Berkeley County student joined the state Board of Education Wednesday as a student representative, offering a young voice on issues before the board.

Aishwarya Saluja, a senior at Hedgesville High School, will serve in March, April and May. Saluja is involved in student government, Key Club and other groups. She currently is president of her school’s Key Club and has represented her school at Rhododendron Girls State. At her school, she is active in peer-to-peer mentoring, where she helps other students who are experiencing difficulties understanding math.

"We welcome Aishwarya and look forward to her participation with the state Board of Education," said West Virginia Board President Wade Linger. "Student representatives add value to the board's deliberations by providing an important perspective on policies that affect them and their families. In addition, student participation enhances policy debates by forcing adults to avoid jargon, provide background information, and explain their positions more thoroughly.”

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.

Saluja said she hopes to address issues dealing with adoption and implementation of statewide standards, particularly in science and math.

For more information, contact the Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.

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