Of the 130 Georgia students selected to serve on the Student Advisory Council for 2019-2020, State School Superintendent Richard Woods picked two students from Cobb Schools. Eighth-grader Grant Gotsch of Mabry Middle School will serve on the Middle School Student Advisory Council. Ryan Richards, a sophomore at Hillgrove High School, will contribute to the High School Student Advisory Council.
Throughout the school year, the middle and high school students on the Advisory Council 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.
“It is so important to me to hear directly from students about how decisions made at the state level are playing out in the classroom,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Meeting with my Student Advisory Council allows me to hear feedback firsthand from those most affected by educational policies.”
The Cobb students were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants who applied to serve on the council. Students, who attend public schools all over the state, were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education and their community service experience.