For Immediate Release
Monday, October 20, 2008

ISBE names 15 outstanding scholars to Student Advisory Council

Selected high school students offer valuable insight to State Board

Student Advisory CouncilSPRINGFIELD — 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 2008-2009. The new council will come together and begin in their new roles during this week’s October State Board meeting.

“The students who serve on the Student Advisory Council are some of the best and brightest in Illinois. We welcome them and thank them for the valuable insight they bring to the Board,” said Jesse H. Ruiz, Board Chairman. “We can learn a great deal from the challenges and achievements these students have experienced as they prepare for success beyond high school.” 

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, the ability to think “outside-the-box,” a 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 2008-09 school year, five students are returning to the Student Advisory Council, and ten 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 ten new members of the Student Advisory Council are:

 Returning Student Advisory Council members are: