Barge looking for student advisors
by By Mark Andrews, mark.andrews@daily-tribune.com
Aug 28, 2012 | 870 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State School Superintendent John Barge announced Monday he is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Student Advisory Council.

“I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis,” Barge said in a press release. “We want to make education work for all Georgia’s students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens.”

Members of the Student Advisory Council meet two times during the school year with the superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. According to a press release, “Members are advisors and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia. Superintendent Barge will be conducting the meetings, which will also feature various DOE personnel providing further information.”

All students in grades nine to 12 are eligible to apply. Meeting dates are Nov. 7 and March 6, 2013, but are subject to change. Applicants should be able to attend both meetings.

Local schools are no stranger to the advisory.

Last year, Christian David Hopper, a then-sophomore at Cartersville High School, was one of the 50 students statewide who were named to the council. More than 700 students applied to be a member of the council by filling out an application and answering an essay question.

Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, as well as their school and community involvement.

“I wrote a paper on getting the school systems all on one 180-day time track and how it would be beneficial to both students and teachers and the economic plan for Georgia [schools],” Hopper told The Daily Tribune News.

Previous local students involved on the council include Jake Andersen and Carrie Rhodes of Cartersville High School as well as Amber Huskins of Cass High School.

To apply, visit http://tinyurl.com/Gastudentadvisory and click on the link for the application. Applications must be received by Sept. 14.