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Student interaction and interest in state level policies and programs utilized daily is integral to our work and to the goals of Plan 2020. Having a Student Advisory Council allows for direct input from our greatest stakeholder – the student.


The State Superintendent Student Advisory Council is a group of 16 middle or secondary school students who discuss how decisions are made at the state level and affect students throughout Alabama. These students will directly provide student voice to the State Superintendent of Education on issues that affect them in our state.


The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is pleased to announce the members of this year's State Superintendent Student Advisory Council.

The 2016-2017 selected council members are:


District 1

Eli Russell, Opp High School, Opp City Schools

Keenan Carter, W.P. Davidson High School, Mobile County Schools


District 2

Taylor Adams, Carroll High School, Ozark City Schools

Scott Nguyen, Ariton School, Dale County Schools


District 3

Ada Ruth Huntley, Chilton County High School, Chilton County Schools

Caleb Van Geffen, Oak Mountain High School, Shelby County Schools 


District 4

Savana Marshall, Hale County High School, Hale County Schools

John Freeman, Echols Middle School, Tuscaloosa County Schools


District 5

Deztini Stevens, Monroe County High School, Monroe County Schools

Zy'Shawn James, Southside High School, Dallas County Schools 


District 6

Meredith Mosley, Brindlee Mountain High School, Marshall County Schools

Naman Gupta, Austin High School, Decatur City Schools


District 7

Lauren Thigpen, Brooks High School, Lauderdale County Schools

Melcha Satchel Jr., Colbert County High School, Colbert County Schools


District 8

Richard Buchanan, Huntsville High School, Huntsville City Schools

Sophia White, Madison County Middle School, Madison County Schools


Members are chosen by a committee of Alabama State Department of Education and education organization representatives based on an approved rubric. Members will gather input from their district on students' needs or opinions on state-level policies or directives. Council members will meet two-three times throughout the school year (in person or virtually). The State Superintendent will then bring agreed upon recommendations to the State Board of Education at a late spring 2017 work session.


Topics discussed by the student advisory council could include:
·         Technology needs
·         Teacher training
·         College- and career-readiness
·         Dropout rate
·         Student leadership
·         Graduation requirements
·         Testing
·         School climate
·         Career and technical education, or any variety of issues or concerns students have.