Long Beach students join State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

Two Long Beach High School juniors were appointed to the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council this week.

Christina Strahan and Stokely Sawyer, along with 42 other new appointees from across the state, will serve two-year terms on the board and join the 85 returning members.

The two students were selected from a starting pool of more than 200 students who started the process and 76 who completed the application.

The purpose of the council is to provide a forum for Mississippi’s students to offer different perspectives for Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright. Sawyer said, “Representing like Long Beach and Mississippi and the Gulf Coast, I mean, meeting other students from other schools is really going to hopefully bring stuff back to our school and also share with other students to make Mississippi education better as a whole.”

Strahan said, “I’m really lucky and thankful that I was one of the people that was chosen for this.”

Long Beach High School Principal Justin Sutton said, “You appreciate having students in your school that are willing to take on the time, commitment and responsibility to take on a leadership role not only to better their school here in Long Beach, but to really help the students across the Coast, across the state.”

The selected students will act as liaisons between MDE and public-school students from across the state.

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