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RCHS student on state superintendent advisory council
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State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge today named 50 students from around Georgia to serve on his 2013-2014 Student Advisory Council.  As members of the council, these students will meet three times throughout the school year to advise Superintendent Barge on how state policies are having an impact in the classroom. The Student Advisory Council will also discuss other education-related issues and will serve as the Superintendent's ambassadors in their respective schools. 

"The Student Advisory Council is a great way for me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Superintendent Barge said. "Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable. The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues.”

More than 700 students applied to be a member of the Student Advisory Council and answered essay questions. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers.

"As usual, the selection process for the Student Advisory Council was very difficult because there were so many outstanding applications." Superintendent Barge said. "I’m excited about working with this group of students because they have very diverse backgrounds and will help me in the process of making education work for all students.”

The first meeting of the Student Advisory Council will be held Sept. 27 at the state Department of Education offices in Atlanta.  


Rushay Amarath-Madav, Cherokee, Etowah High School  

Hayden Anderson, Bartow, Woodland High School             

Benson Anderson, Houston, Warner Robins High School   

Raley Arnold, Jefferson, Jefferson County High School      

Mireya Arteaga, Rockdale, Rockdale County High School 

John Barnhill, Waycross, Ware County High School            

Brad Baxter, Charlton, Charlton County High School          

Tyler Boone, Cobb, Lassiter High School  

Elizabeth Brown, Muscogee, Hardaway High School          

Courtney Cameron, Valdosta, Lowndes High School          

Justin Daniel, Oconee, North Oconee High School              

Calen Dennis, Dodge, Dodge County High School 

Rhy Doucette, Glynn, Glynn Academy       

Toni Dunlap, Stockbridge, Georgia Cyber Academy             

Kaitlyn Ellington, Winder-Barrow, Apalachee High School 

Stacie Evans, Coweta, East Coweta High School  

Mitchell Everly, Atlanta, North Atlanta High School            

Maddison Faulkner, Cherokee, Cherokee Charter Academy             

Mya Green, Atlanta City, Therrell High Stems        

Christian Griffiths, Camden, Camden County High

Eli Guidry, Houston, Perry High School     

Jordan Hale, Cobb, Alan C. Pope High School        

Ezra Hall, Cartersville City, Cartersville City High   

Makayla Hoffman, Lowndes County          Lowndes High School     

Benjamin Hopper, Cartersville City, Cartersville City High  

Ashley Huynh, Gwinnett, Archer High School         

Leah Idichandy, Fulton, Alpharetta High School    

Daniel Kimmel, Jefferson City, Jefferson High School         

Molly Lauritsen, Houston, Veterans High School  

Savannah Locke, Decatur, Bainbridge High School              

Zachary Miner, Oconee, Oconee County High School         

Jake Montalbano, Cobb, Lassiter High School       

Jesse Murr, Coweta, East Coweta High School     

Alexander Nichols, Douglas, Lithia Springs Comprehensive              

Katie Pilson, Oglethorpe, Oglethorpe County High              

William Quarterman, Savannah-Chatham County, Windsor Forest High School        

Charley Rayfield, Decatur, Bainbridge High School              

Ryan Romano, Jefferson City, Jefferson City High  School 

Hallie Smith, Jeff-Davis, Jeff Davis High School     

Brandi Southern, Ellijay, Mountain Education Charter        

Anna Stewart, Pulaski, Hawkinsville High School   

Asher Thompson, Forsyth, Lambert High School   

Jacob Turner, Houston, Perry High School

Jordan Tyler, Jefferson City, Jefferson High School

Tyler Wagner, Jenkins, Jenkins County High School

Benjamin Weinhardt, Fayette, Sandy Creek High School

Aubrey Wheeler, Ware, Ware County High School

Donald Williams, Muscogee, Columbus High School

Jackson Williams, Glascock County, Glascock County Consolidated

Duo-Wei Yang, Decatur City, Decatur High School