For Immediate Release
October 21, 2009

ISBE names 16 outstanding students to Student Advisory Council

Selected high school students offer valuable insight to State Board

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that 16 outstanding high school students from across Illinois have been selected to represent their peers on the ISBE Student Advisory Council for 2009-10. The new council will meet throughout the year to address education issues, including dropout prevention strategies.

“The young men and women who serve on the Student Advisory Council represent our future leaders,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Their experience and insight provide our Board with an invaluable perspective while the students’ work on the council prepares them for academic and career success beyond high school.’’

The Student Advisory Council was originally formed in 1975 to bring student concerns to the attention of ISBE. The students who comprise the Student Advisory Council are diverse, representing different parts of the state, types of school settings and ethnic backgrounds. But they also share similar qualities including a strong work ethic, the ability to think creatively and work well in groups.

As SAC members, the students also may review and critique ISBE’s existing or proposed programs, policies and regulations, as well as inform Illinois students of SAC activities.

This fall, SAC members’ work promises to guide and inform future initiatives, especially the Illinois Dropout Prevention Summit at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center on Nov. 4. The Summit is sponsored by State Farm through their partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education.

For the 2009-10 school year, six students are returning to the Student Advisory Council, and 10 new students were selected through a competitive application and review process. Eligibility for SAC is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, attending a public high school in Illinois.

The 10 new members of the Student Advisory Council are:

The following students are returning SAC members: