Local student appointed to youth advisory council
Pawhuska High School student Bradon Berry was an active participant at the recent first-ever meeting of the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Student Advisory Council.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister formed the group to provide students with a forum for voicing their concerns about educational challenges currently being confronted by Oklahoma public schools.
The student advisory council held its initial meeting Thursday in the Blue Room at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Approximately 70 students advisers appointed to the state council required nominations by the superintendents of their local school districts. That was not a problem for Berry, who is a son of Pawhuska’s School District Superintendent, Dr. Landon Berry.
Berry, a junior, is a member of the PHS student council and holds an officet for the local FFA chapter.
Other area members of the state council included Michael McGill, who represented the Barnsdall School District, and Ellen Roth, for the Ponca City Schools.
During the council members’ discussions about Oklahoma public education, students/advisers shared many of the same concerns about topics like teacher pay, bullying and end-of-instruction exams.
Hofmeister called council “a remarkable group of young men and women.”
“In such trying times, these are some of the most important voices we need to be listening to,” said superintendent said.” I look forward to working with this group more closely and am excited the conversation has begun.”
The Student Advisory Council will meet again this spring.