Shelby Dean chosen as a Semifinalist for State Board Student Representative Program

The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) has selected 11 semifinalists for the SBE student representative program, which will begin in the 2019-20 school year.

Student representatives will be non-voting members but will provide input on policy decisions that affect Mississippi public schools.

In December, the SBE invited applications from public school students who will be high school juniors or seniors in 2019-20. Through a competitive process, the SBE will appoint one rising junior and one rising senior to serve as student representatives consecutively in the initial year of program implementation. After the senior graduates, the junior representative will promote to the senior representative position. A new junior representative will be appointed annually.

The applicant pool included 52 students. The semifinalists are:

Rising Juniors
Name District School
Meghan Cosper-Gamache West Jasper School District Stringer Attendance Center
Ashton Duvall Gulfport School District Gulfport High School
Omar Jamil DeSoto County School District DeSoto County High School
Hayden Morgan DeSoto County School District Lewisburg High School
Lindsey Patrick Rankin County School District Brandon High School
Felicia Sherriff Jackson Public School District Murrah High School
Rising Seniors
Name District School
Shelby Dean Clinton Public School District Clinton High School
Alvin Jones, Jr. East Jasper Consolidated School District Heidelberg High School


Robyn May DeSoto County School District Lewisburg High School
Andrew Welch Monroe County School District Hamilton Attendance Center
Aleshia Young Tunica County School District Rosa Fort High School

Approximately 15 state boards of education have successfully implemented student advisory programs. In 2018, the SBE adopted a policy outlining the criteria for adding student representatives to the State Board

The two student representatives will be announced at the June 2019 SBE meeting.

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