EC students chosen for advisory council
by Celia Shortt
Dr. John Barge, the Georgia State School Superintendent, has selected two East Coweta High School students to serve on his 2013-2014 Student Advisory Council.
Jesse Murr and Stacie Evans were among the 50 students chosen from among more than 700 applicants representing Georgia to serve on this year’s student council. As members of the council, they will advise Superintendent Barge on the impact state policies are having in the classroom during their three meetings throughout the school year.
“I’m very proud of Jesse and Stacie,” said East Coweta High School Principal Evan Horton. “They are two great students and will be assets to the council. This is also the third time in three years that we have had the honor of an East Coweta student serving on the advisory council, so they continue a great tradition for us.”
Evans is in her junior year at East Coweta. Currently, she is taking a full load of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. She plans to sit for five AP exams this spring — Language Arts, Biology, Government, U.S. History, and Environmental Science. Murr is in his senior year at East Coweta and is taking AP Calculus, Biology, and Government. He is pursuing attendance to the U.S. Naval Academy after he graduates.
The application process for the Student Advisory Council included essay questions, specifically “How to Make Education Work for Georgia Students.” Students were chosen for the council based on the strength of their applications and essay answers.
“As usual, the selection process for the Student Advisory Council was very difficult because there were so many outstanding applications,” said Barge. “I’m very excited about working with this group of students because they have very diverse backgrounds and will help me in the process of making education work for all students.”
Murr’s essay dealt with the need to focus on Georgia students as individuals. Evans’ essay focused on making sure Georgia teachers have the tools they need for classroom instruction.
The first meeting of the Student Advisory Council will be held Sept. 27 at the State Department of Education offices in Atlanta.