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Area students named to Baesler Cabinet

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 20 North Dakota young people have been named to her Superintendent's Student Cabinet, whose members offer opinions and advice from a student perspective about educational policy and opportunity. The new g...

 

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 20 North Dakota young people have been named to her Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, whose members offer opinions and advice from a student perspective about educational policy and opportunity.

The new group held its first meeting Nov. 10 in the state Capitol’s Brynhild Haugland Room.

Baesler founded the Cabinet in April 2015. The new group is the second Cabinet chosen in state history. Members are appointed to serve for 18 months. Of the Cabinet’s 20 newly chosen students, five will be serving a second term. Ninety-six students applied to be considered.

The members of the new Cabinet include from this area:

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*Garret Meehl, Oakes, an eighth-grader at Oakes High School

*Thomas Tiegs, Ellendale, an eighth-grader at Ellendale Public School

Student Cabinet applicants were required to submit letters of recommendation and write answers to a series of questions, including a question on what they believed to be the biggest issue facing students in North Dakota. The applications were then evaluated and ranked by a team of people outside of the superintendent’s office.

Since its inception, the Student Cabinet has provided invaluable advice, Baesler said.

“In meetings of the first Student Cabinet, we discussed policy. We discussed early childhood education. We discussed federal law. We discussed assessments, the importance of college entrance exams,” Baesler said. “We discussed the ideas of having more opportunities for a broader array of electives for all of our students.”

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