Council brings fresh eyes to school issues

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By Tom Wilmoth

These students are making a difference.

    The Bedford County Student Advisory Council met for the first time this school year on Thursday, Oct. 28. 
    The Council is made up of representatives from the county’s high schools and middle schools. The students meet together with representatives from the Bedford County School Board several times throughout the year and report to the full board at the end of the school year. This year’s board representatives include city school board member Mickey VanDerwerker and District 1 board member Joy Wright.
    The Council members, at last week’s meeting of the school board, were recognized for both their selection to the Council and for the efforts they will put forth during the 2010-2011 school year.
    The Council will hold four meetings, including its presentation to the school board in the spring.
    “These students have distinguished themselves in their academic and extracurricular careers as well as their excellent moral standing in their communities,” stated Ryan Edwards, program coordinator. “They are now given the honor, being a member of this Council, as serving as ambassadors for their respective schools and the division as a whole.”
    Edwards said the Council’s work will impact the school division.
    “The administration and the board will gain valuable feedback from these students which we hope will improve the lives of our students and staff going forward,” he said.
    This year’s student members include: