• Felicia Cummings

Baldwin Students Selected for State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council

Join us in congratulating Braylen Howell and Damian Garza for being selected to serve on the 2020-2021 State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. The Student Advisory Council is a group of students in grades 9-12 who discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. Members meet throughout the school year with State Superintendent Richard Woods and are advisors who act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Education, more than 1,400 students applied to serve on the council. Superintendent Woods selected 64 students from across Georgia representing every Regional Education Service Agency district. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay responses, which focused on their ideas for public education. The Baldwin County Schools has two representatives on the council out of the sixty-four students.

For Braylen Howell, a 10th grade Georgia College Early College student, this will be his second year in a row serving in this leadership role on behalf of Baldwin County. The topic for his essay submission was “Unfinished Business.” He expressed how he hoped to join Superintendent Woods and advocate for the testing waivers during the pandemic, develop a personal finance requirement for high school students, and promote mental health awareness in Baldwin and across the state.

This will be the first year that Damian Garza, a senior at Baldwin High School, will be joining the state student advisory council and he sees it as a stepping stone to his future in politics. His main topic in his essay application for the State School Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council was on the under population of teachers in the classrooms and the overpopulation of students in the classroom.

Congratulations to Braylen and Damian. We are so proud of these two young men and their accomplishments!

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