COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - State School Superintendent Richard Woods has selected 108 Georgia students to serve on his 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council.
Three of those students are from the Muscogee County School District: Carl Owen and Gomez Dario from Blackmon Road Middle School, and Tristan Parsons from Double Churches Middle School.
Throughout the school year, these middle and high school students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom.
Members of the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other issues related to education, serve as the Superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools, and participate in service projects to benefit schools and students.
"Meeting with my Student Advisory Council has been, and will continue to be, an invaluable part of my decision-making process," Superintendent Woods said. "To develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, we have to hear directly from students. We can only improve their educational experience by bringing them to the table."
Members were selected from a pool of more than 800 students who applied to serve on the council.
Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education and the ways their own educational experience could be improved.
"It was refreshing and valuable to hear these students' feedback and ideas," Superintendent Woods said. "This is a fantastic group of students with great ideas for the future of our educational system, and I can't wait to work with them. I'd like to thank every student who took the time to apply and share their thoughts."