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Chapel Hill High School Senior Destini Shelton has been named to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge’s 2012-2013 Student Advisory Council. As members of the council, the students will meet twice during 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 allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Superintendent Barge said. "The Council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies.”

More than 750 students from 121 districts applied to be a member of the Student Advisory Council and answered essay questions. Fifty students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers.

"It was very difficult to choose the members of the Student Advisory Council because there were so many great applications," Superintendent Barge said. "I’m excited about working with this group of students because I know they will be prepared to share their ideas to make education work for all students.”

In his letter of reference Principal Sean Kelly said “Destini Shelton is a very hardworking young lady here at Chapel Hill High School. Ms. Shelton has an impressive academic record and presently is showing a 4.0 GPA. She has been involved in our chorus and drama productions, usually in a lead role, and has performed for school system events as well as events in the Atlanta community with outstanding results. In addition, Destini is a member of our BETA and National Honor Society Clubs, a Peer Mediator, and volunteers to those in need in her community.

“This young lady is very decisive in the path her future will take. She has performed in the academic arena with excellence in the past, and we expect no less for her future. Chapel Hill High School could not ask for a better representation of what we look for in our students: friendly, courteous, and humble. Destini is an outstanding and extremely talented young lady, and we wish her the best for a very bright future,” Mr. Kelly concluded.

All applicants were asked to respond to the following question: State Superintendent Dr. John Barge’s vision for Georgia is “Making Education Work for All Georgians.” First and foremost, this new vision requires “Making Education Work for All of Georgia’s Students.” What steps, in your opinion, can the Georgia Department of Education take to make education “work” for you as a student?

Destini’s answer to the application question was as follows, “Making Education Work for All Georgians is a great vision. The Georgia Department of Education can make a difference. I am excited about the potential opportunity to assist the superintendent in this student advisory council. A variety of student perspectives will create a clearer picture of what is needed in Georgia as it relates to making education work for students.

“I truly value education,” she wrote. “My view is that it’s the single most important factor that affects my generation’s future. My answer to the question, as it applies to me personally, is two-fold. First, I think the responsibility for educating students is a 50/50 issue. I feel that it is definitely not only the educator’s responsibility but also our responsibility as students to work hard, pay attention, and to be involved by doing our part by educating ourselves. I view it as a partnership, so students must take the initiative to ensure their future success. In this respect, the Georgia Department of Education can assist us by ensuring that schools provide more opportunities for students to explore the various careers that may be of interest to them. This is important especially in high school, when students tend to focus too much on social aspects of school instead of the educational aspect. If they are reminded regularly about the purpose of education and where it leads, I think students would take more initiative and truly value their education. Secondly, I see the need for improved parent and community involvement. Whenever we can get parents and the community involved the better. Students need to feel connected and valued. I think that as a team we can make Georgia a state where education works for all students and Georgians.”

The first meeting of the Student Advisory Council will be held November 28 at the Georgia Department of Education offices in Atlanta.   


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