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3 Forsyth County students to be on state council

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Three Forsyth County students were among 108 students across Georgia selected to represent the voice of their peers on a state-level council.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods’s 2016-17 Student Advisory Council will meet throughout the school year in middle and high school groups to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom.

Remington Youngblood and Royce Dickerson, both students at Lambert High School, were chosen to serve on the high school board.

Youngblood, a sophomore, also served on the council last year. He founded Change 4 Georgia, or C4G, an organization that aims to inspire students through community service.

Dickerson, a senior, won an election earlier this year to become the 2016-17 president of the Georgia FBLA, a business leadership club.

Vickery Creek Middle School student Spencer Presley will represent the area on the middle school council.

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

The three were chosen from a pool of more than 800 students who applied based on the strength of essay answers that focused on their ideas for public education and the “ways their own educational experience could be improved.”

“It was refreshing and valuable to hear these students’ feedback and ideas,” Woods said. “This is a fantastic group of students with great ideas for the future of our educational system, and I can’t wait to work with them.”

Both councils will discuss issues related to education, serve as Woods’s ambassadors to their schools and participate in service projects to benefits students and schools.

Meetings will be held Sept. 12, Nov. 7, Feb. 13 and April 10 for middle school students and Sept. 13, Nov. 8, Feb. 14 and April 11 for high schoolers at the Georgia Department of Education in Atlanta.