State Board Selects Semifinalists for State Board Student Representative Program

March 20, 2020



Jackson, MS – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) has selected 10 semifinalists to serve as the SBE junior student representative in the 2020-21 school year.


The SBE student representative program includes one high school junior and one high school senior who serve as non-voting SBE members and provide input on policy decisions that affect Mississippi public schools. The current junior SBE representative, Omar Jamil of DeSoto County Schools, will serve as the senior representative in 2020-21.


The eligible applicant pool for the rising junior representative included 23 students.


Student representatives are responsible for attending monthly SBE meetings and any standing committees or subcommittees to which they are assigned. Student representatives are excused from school to attend SBE meetings as official school business.


The SBE adopted a policy in 2018 outlining the criteria for adding student representatives to the State Board. 


Semi-finalists will be interviewed and up to four finalists will be named. The SBE will interview the finalists and appoint one rising junior.

The 10 semifinalists are as follows:


           Name                                  School District                                                                School

Ms. Hannah Carson            Monroe County School District                                      Hatley High School

Mr. Christian Dunne            Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District         Starkville High School

Mr. Hans Elasri                    Lamar County School District                                        Oak Grove High School

Ms. April Guo-Yue               Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District         Starkville High School

Mr. Zion Johnson                Columbus Municipal School District                               Columbus High School

Mr. Wykendrick Jones         East Jasper School District                                            Heidelberg High School

Ms. Anna Lafferty                Lafayette County School District                                    Lafayette High School

Ms. Andee Robertson         Lamar County School District                                         Purvis High School

Mr. Weston “Archer” Taylor Petal School District                                                       Petal High School

Ms. Amy Zhang                   Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District         Starkville High School


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