For Immediate Release
April 29, 2010

ISBE seeking applicants for Student Advisory Council

Students get first-hand look at state educational policy and programs

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education is accepting applications for the Student Advisory Council for the 2010-11 school year. There are eight openings for sophomores, juniors and seniors on the 15-member council.

"Students can study governmental policy in textbooks and even take field trips to their local city hall or Springfield but this is a hands-on opportunity to learn how educational policies are developed and implemented," said Christopher A. Koch, State Superintendent of Education. "Participation on the Student Advisory Council is a great way for high school students to prepare for college and career opportunities."

Each year the Student Advisory Council presents research and makes policy recommendation to the Board. Council members are invited to attend Board meetings and provide input at the Board’s request.

The Student Advisory Council was created in 1975 to bring student concerns to the attention of ISBE. Students who comprise the Student Advisory Council are diverse, representing different geographic locations, ethnic backgrounds, and types of schools. But they possess similar qualities, which include a strong work ethic, ability to think creatively and collaborate with others as well as the willingness to set aside time from their busy schedules for SAC work.

"This is another opportunity for some of our brightest students to learn about government, hone new skills and give back to our State," said Jesse H. Ruiz, Board Chairman. "We welcome new Student Advisory Council members and thank them for the valuable insight they bring to the Board."

Current council members include: Chinelo Agwuncha, senior, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, Forest Park; Peyton M. Bernot, junior, Gillespie High School, Gillespie; Kojo Fletcher, senior, Glenwood High School, Chatham; Abigail Horan, junior, Rolling Meadows High School, Rolling Meadows; Daniel Lopez, junior, Mundelein High School, Mundelein; Linda Ly, senior, Urbana University High School, Urbana; Courtney McGill, senior, Belvidere North High School, Belvidere; Christopher Parks, senior, Granite City High School, Granite City; Jordan Ping, senior, Newton Community High School, Newton; Julie Sauls, junior, Highland High School, New Douglas; Kelsea Battefeld, junior, Meredosia-Chambersburg High School, Meredosia; Sarah Chapman, senior, Indian Creek High School, Shabbona; Brittany Kendrick, junior, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago; Alexis Maxwell, junior, Addison Trail High School, Addison; Hannah Rhoades, senior, Auburn High School, Auburn; Shelby Wills, senior, Williamsfield High School, Williamsfield.

Eligibility to apply for the 2010-2011 SAC is limited to public school students. Efforts will be made to select council members from all areas of the state.

An application is now available online at: It must be returned to the State Board of Education by 5 p.m., Friday, May 14.

The mailing address is: Illinois State Board of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, 100 N. First St., C-215, Springfield, IL 62777. Activities of the Student Advisory Council in 2010-11 are contingent on the final State budget allocation. For more information, please contact the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at 217-557-7323.