Addeline Wright, a senior at Dawson County High School, was recently selected by State School Superintendent Richard Woods to serve on his 2021-22 Student Advisory Council, according to a release by the Georgia Department of Education.
“I am absolutely honored to have been selected as a member of the Superintendent Advisory Council,” Wright said. “The prospect of being able to influence Georgia schools is exciting. It is a privilege to represent our school and county throughout this process.”
Wright said that, in order to get accepted into the program, she had to run on a platform of improvement within the school system. She chose a platform of emphasizing mental health days for the students.
“My idea was to give students two excused mental health days per semester,” Wright said. ‘I am very enthusiastic about this plan, and I am very excited to see how everything plays out. I am looking forward to being part of an elite group of students from Georgia to create positive change for our state.”
Woods selected a total of 66 high school students throughout the state of Georgia to serve on the council. According to the release, the council includes students representing all regions in the state, and those chosen were selected from a pool of over 1000 students in grades 10 through 12 that applied to serve on the council.
“Applications were reviewed and scored by a panel of GaDOE staff members, and students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education,” the release said.
As members of the council, Wright and the other 65 students chosen will meet with Woods throughout the year to discuss the impact of the state’s policies within the classroom. The students’ input will be taken into account by the Georgia Department of Education when making choices regarding policies that affect the students.
“Year after year, my Student Advisory Council is an invaluable resource as I make decisions that impact students across the state,” Woods said in the release. “Getting to know these students and seeking their feedback and perspectives allows all of us at the Georgia Department of Education to make the best possible policy choices.”