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Georgia superintendent seeking students for advisory council

Local middle and high school students can start off their year with leadership opportunities offered from the state.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking students to serve on his fall 2016 Student Advisory Council.

Students selected will meet with Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom and other issues related to education and will “serve as the superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools.”

“The decisions we make at the state level impact students every day,” Woods said. “As we continue to focus on policies that are child-focused and classroom-centered, it is imperative that we hear directly from students.”

Last year, two Forsyth County students — Calvin Nix from South Forsyth High School and Remington Youngblood from Lambert High School — were chosen to serve on the council.

They were among 110 students in Georgia chosen from a pool of more than 1,500 who applied.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Georgia public or middle school for the 2016-17 school year, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

To apply, visit the state department’s website and send applications to Ron Culver at by August 16 at 5 p.m.

Selected students will be contacted via email.

All students can check the news and announcements page at on August 31 to see if they have been selected.

Middle school students will meet on Sept. 12, Nov. 7, Feb. 13 and April 10.

High schoolers selected will meet on Sept. 13, Nov. 8, Feb. 14 and April 11.

“I look forward to bringing this year’s Student Advisory Council to the table,” Woods said, “and working with them to create common-sense policies that best meet their educational needs.”