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Two Forsyth high school students tapped for state council

SOUTH FORSYTH — Two local public high school students from Forsyth County are among 110 in Georgia chosen to serve as a representative voice for their peers at the state level.

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods recently made his selections of middle and high school students for the 2015-16 Student Advisory Council.

The group will meet throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom.

Forsyth County’s representatives are: Calvin Nix from South Forsyth and Remington Youngblood from Lambert.

Members of the council will also talk about other issues related to education and will serve as the superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools.

“Students feel the impact of our decisions every day,” Woods said. “If we are going to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, we must hear directly from students. We can only improve their educational experience by bringing them to the table.”

Nix and Youngblood were selected from a pool of more than 1,500 students who applied to serve on the council. Students were chosen based on strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education and ways their own educational experience could be improved.

Council members represent charter, virtual and traditional public schools in each of the 16 Regional Educational Service Agency districts in Georgia.

“This is a great group of students with smart, varied ideas for the future of our educational system,” Woods said. “I look forward to working with them, and I’d like to thank every student who took the time to apply and share his or her thoughts.”

The council will meet in Atlanta on Sept. 28, Nov. 9 and March 28 for middle school students and Oct. 1, Nov. 12 and March 31 for high school students. Two virtual meetings will also be held.