For Immediate Release
September 20, 2007

ISBE names 15 outstanding scholars to Student Advisory Council

Selected high school students offer valuable insight to State Board

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that 15 outstanding sophomores, juniors and seniors from across Illinois have been selected to represent their peers on the ISBE Student Advisory Council for 2007-2008. The new council came together and began in their new roles during this week’s September State Board meeting.

“Since the State Board of Education has made preparing our students for success beyond graduation from high school a high priority, the perspectives and ideas that our newest members of the Student Advisory Council have to offer will prove to be invaluable to the board,” said Jesse H. Ruiz, Board Chairman. “We are also excited and look forward to having the opportunity to continue to work with returning members.”

The Student Advisory Council was originally formed in 1975 to bring student concerns to the attention of ISBE. The students who comprise the Student Advisory Council are very diverse, as they come from different geographic locations, ethnic backgrounds, and types of schools. However, they possess similar qualities, which include a strong work ethic, ability to think “outside-the-box,” the willingness to set aside time from their busy schedules for SAC work and the skill of working well in groups.

As SAC members, the students also may review and critique ISBE’s existing or proposed programs, policies and regulations, as well as inform Illinois students of SAC activities.

For the 2007-08 school year, four students are returning to the Student Advisory Council, and eleven new students were selected through a competitive application and review process. Eligibility for SAC is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors attending a public high school in Illinois.

The 11 new members of the Student Advisory Council are:

Returning Student Advisory Council members are: