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DCJHS student serves on state education council
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Dawson County Junior High School ninth grader Isabelle Kinsey talks about her experience serving on the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council during the board of education meeting Feb. 12. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Dawson County Junior High School ninth grader Isabelle Kinsey was honored during the Dawson County Board of Education meeting Feb. 12 for her involvement in the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council for the 2018-19 school year.

The council is a group of students in grades 7-12 who meet with State Superintendent Richard Woods to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia.

“I really enjoyed this privilege to just get this opportunity to just visit and just to see what school education behind the scenes is all about,” Kinsey said.

Kinsey was the only student from Dawson County to be selected to serve on the council, beating out nearly 1,000 applicants who vied for a spot on the 120-member council.

Council members meet with Woods three times throughout the school year, serve as liaisons between the Department of Education and their peers and participate in service projects to benefit their local schools and students.

At the first meeting, the council was tasked with creating their own service projects in their schools. Kinsey decided to create a wellness room at the junior high to “uplift kids’ spirits.”

“If they need help or they just need someone to talk to they can go in there,” Kinsey said. “They can kind of relax in there, just kind of take a breather from their school day.”

The last meeting for the council is in May.