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Nov 9, 2010 11:19 AM by KPAX Media Center

Ravalli County student tapped for state advisory board

HAMILTON - A local student has been tapped to be part of the first-ever State Superintendent's Student Advisory Board which will hold its first meeting on November 12th in Helena.

Megan Mathews, a student at Hamilton High School's Alternative Learning Center, will be one of 40 students from 30 Montana schools who will represent all 142,082 Montana K-12 students.

Mathews will provide student perspective on state policy and help guide the K-12 education system into the future according to a press release. As a board member, she will be part of a new state initiative to help high schools increase the graduation rates of their students.

She has been invited to share her opinion about the challenges students face and give suggestions about improving the graduation rate.

"At the Office of Public Instruction, we are well aware of the seriousness of young people not receiving a high school diploma and believe that students are the most important voice in helping schools to better address this issue," said Denise Juneau Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Mathews was nominated by HHS Counselor, Rod Meuchel. "Megan is somewhat of a nontraditional student trying to fit in the traditional high school setting," he said. "She is intelligent and motivated. She is also mature for her age and quite independent-both in thought and action. I felt she could well represent students like herself. At this time she may not realize it but she could be an excellent advocate for others."

Mathews is taught by Alexis Wheat who sees her value adding to this advisory group. "Megan is great at speaking her mind," said Wheat. "She also has a good understanding of where many different groups of students are coming from."

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