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Williams Represents Bruins at State Capitol Meeting

posted Jan 21, 2017, 5:22 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 21, 2017, 5:25 AM ]

Jack Williams, a senior at Bartlesville High School, was one of Oklahoma's student leaders who met on 1/19/2017 with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister to discuss the state's public education system and share their ideas to strengthen it. 

The gathering marked the first meeting of the 2017-2018 Superintendent’s Advisory Council, which consists of 99 high school students from across the state, 31 of whom are returning members who served on last year’s inaugural council.
Jack Williams

The State Department of Education values student input. This is really the first chance many of us have had to meet with people from dramatically different districts, ranging from 30 kids in their graduating class to 400 or 500. It’s a really great opportunity.

Jack Williams, BHS Senior

“We are excited to be working with this outstanding group of Oklahoma students and grateful for their willingness to serve,” said State Superintendent Hofmeister. “It is so important that student voices inform the decisions we make in public education. They are not only its front-line stakeholders but the future leaders of our state and the parents of those we will serve in the coming years.”

The group gathered in the Blue Room of the State Capitol to discuss three of OSDE’s top initiatives: redefining the senior year, defining a well-rounded education, and ensuring safe, supported and engaged school communities. Students participated in small-group discussions and provided feedback on all three topics.

“The State Department of Education values student input,” said Jack Williams. “This is really the first chance many of us have had to meet with people from dramatically different districts, ranging from 30 kids in their graduating class to 400 or 500. It’s a really great opportunity.”

“I feel like a lot of kids don’t know what’s out there and don’t know their options until it’s too late,” said Sydney Smith, a second-year member from Bixby High School. “We need to get those options out there even before they start high school so they can have a path forward.”

Added Bridget DeLeon, from Elk City: “I think social media is so important. Kids don’t realize how it can impact their futures.”

Hofmeister said today’s conversations were enlightening and productive. 

“Great young minds were at work today. We left with valuable student perspectives on a number of issues and look forward to collaborating with the group again at the next meeting.”

Members of the council were nominated by the superintendents of their districts. The group will meet again later this spring.
Student Advisory Council