Gazebo Gazette

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced today the members of the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). The council includes students in grades 11-12 or first year of college to serve as members for a term of two school years.

More than 300 students from across the state applied for membership on the council and 163 were selected. They will join the more than 70 students who were selected in 2019.  Of these selection, Long Beach Junior Olivia Mims was chosen to be a representative on the SAC.

Mims has a unique background, being member of the Long Beach High School Beta Club, the Interact Club, Annual Staff, and currently completing her associate’s degree through the Collegiate Academy program.

Additionally, Mims plans to attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to further studies in interior design and architecture due to her passion for drawing, designing, and photography.

Other students from different backgrounds, school size and regions in Mississippi will be able to share their opinions and offer advice about educational opportunities and policy in Mississippi with Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with such smart, insightful students last year, and I’m looking forward to hearing from our new members on issues of importance to them,” Wright said. “The public-school students of our state are our clients, and we need to ensure that we provide them with the opportunities they need to be successful. The council also allows students, who wouldn’t normally have the chance to interact, to talk with peers in different areas of our state.”

The council’s purpose is to provide a forum for Mississippi’s students to offer diverse perspectives to Wright. The selected students will act as liaisons between MDE and public-school students from across the state.

Council meetings will be held twice (fall and spring) during the school year.