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Written by The Herald-News Tuesday, 25 October 2011 18:14
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced the addition of 21 new members to her statewide Student Advisory Board.
Wolf Point High School junior Jocelyn Acheson is among those selected to the 2011-12 Student Advisory Board.
"I'm really excited to welcome Jocelyn to the Student Advisory Board," said Juneau. "The feedback she will provide is extremely valuable as we work community by community to improve the graduation rate and educational opportunities for all students."
Student Advisory Board members were first nominated by local schools and community members and also had to apply for selection to the board. Superintendent Juneau received more than 70 applications from 51 communities across the state. The board members, in grades nine through 12, come from rural communities such as Wibaux and Alberton and from larger communities such as Billings and Missoula. They represent the diverse range of experiences and backgrounds of Montana students.
Juneau continued,"As adults, we often make policy decisions without consulting those who are most impacted by those decisions — the students. I am committed to always putting the needs of Montana students at the center of my decision-making as we work to ensure our kids continue to receive a world-class education."
The first meeting of the 2011-12 Student Advisory Board will be held Nov. 9-10 in Helena.
The board consists of 40 high school students from 30 Montana schools. The Student Advisory Board is part of Juneau's statewide initiative, Graduation Matters Montana.
Graduation Matters Montana aims to increase the number of students who graduate from high school and to ensure students graduate college and career-ready through collaborative partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses and youth.
More information about the Student Advisory Board, including the full list of 2011-12 Student Advisory Board members, is available on OPI's Graduation Matters Montana website, http://graduationmatters.mt.gov/index.php?pg=2&sub=1&subset=3.