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Two DCSS Students Selected for State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council

 Jack Johnson, Chapel Hill High School
Jack Johnson, Chapel Hill High School
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Douglas County will be represented by two students on State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Jack Johnson from Chapel Hill High School and Michael Manchiraju from Douglas County High School are among 54 high school students selected from across Georgia. Over 800 middle and high school students applied to serve on the 108 member council.

The Student Advisory Council will meet four times during the year at the Georgia Department of Education offices in Atlanta to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. Members of the 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.

"We are certainly honored and excited that two of our very capable students have been selected to represent their peers, and our school district, on the State School Superintendent's Advisory Board. This will be a wonderful way for them to express firsthand the concerns and needs of our students across the state. We know they will be absolutely fantastic representatives!" said Dr. Gordon Pritz, Superintendent of the Douglas County School System.

Michael Manchiraju is in 9th grade at Douglas County High School. He is in the International Baccalaureate program and is part of the Scholar Bowl Team, Model UN, and HOSA. Michael was selected for the Student Advisory Council last year as an 8th grader at Mason Creek Middle School after a social studies teacher encouraged him to apply. He enjoyed learning about the legislative process and submitting his ideas at the meetings with the state superintendent and is looking forward to serving again this year.

A 10th grader in the AP magnet program at Chapel Hill High School, Jack Johnson is a member of HOSA and recently participated in the Secretary of State Ambassador program at Kennesaw State University. He was a member of the cross country, swim, and golf teams his freshman year. Jack applied to the Student Advisory Council to be a part of something that effects change and to develop leadership skills. With a mother who is a high school teacher, he cares about the teaching profession and education in general.

“Meeting with my Student Advisory Council has been, and will continue to be, an invaluable part of my decision-making process,” State 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.”


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