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Student Advisory Committee

2019-20 Student Representatives 

In June 2019, it was announced that Dayja Burton, a rising senior at McKinley Technology High School, and Alex O’Sullivan, a rising sophomore at BASIS DC PCS, were selected to serve as Student Representatives for the 2019–20 school year. Dayja Burton is a McKinley Technology Zelinger award winner, a recipient of the Perseverance Award, and a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll and National Honor Society. Alex O’Sullivan is a member of Youth and Government, co-founder and president of his school’s poetry club, and a volunteer tutor at his local elementary school. As Student Representatives, Burton and O’Sullivan will also co-chair the 2019–20 Student Advisory Committee (SAC), a volunteer group of students from District high schools in both D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and the public charter sector.

2018-19 Student Advisory Committee Final Report

At the June 19, 2019 SBOE Public Meeting, Student Representatives Tatiana Robinson and Marjoury Alicea, along with members of the SAC, presented a final report to the Board for consideration. The SAC met monthly over the course of the 2018-19 school year and focused their work on "Teacher Retention" & "Equity Across Schools." The Teacher Retention committee worked to create solutions to keep more teachers in schools, find the main reasons that teachers leave schools after a short period of time, and advocate and voice the ways in which erroneous retention rates affect students. The Equity Across Schools Committee focused on finding the real reasons behind the inequities in DC schools, examining the differences in school course offerings such as languages, extracurricular activities, college tours, and the quality of substitutes at different schools.

Below is the full list of the 2018-19 Student Advisory Committee:

Name School Grad Year
Marjoury Alicea, co-chair Capital City PCS 2019
Tatiana Robinson, co-chair Frank W. Ballou HS 2019
Aaliyah Dick Woodrow Wilson HS 2019
Aaron Spruill Friendship Collegiate Academy HS 2019
Akhayla Reynolds McKinley Technology HS 2019
Aleghzia Smith Friendship Technology Preparatory HS 2019
Anna Brosowsky DC International School 2021
Arnedja Evans Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2020
Ayodeji Okuleye Washington Latin Public Charter School 2019
Chandler Nutall School Without Walls HS 2019
Daniel Rodriguez Benjamin Banneker HS 2019
Diana Shea BASIS DC 2019
Emma Quigg BASIS DC 2019
Hannah Dunn Woodrow Wilson HS 2019
Hannah Dorosin Woodrow Wilson HS 2020
Henry Addison Jr. Benjamin Banneker HS 2020
Imani Horton Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2019
Janae Chambers Friendship Collegiate Academy HS 2019
Jayna Brown Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2019
Jerome Foster II Washington Leadership Academy 2020
Joseph Soltani  Eastern Senior High School 2019
Kasai Rogers DC International School 2020
Kaya Myers Thurgood Marshall Academy 2019
Khiya Derricott Washington Latin PCS 2019
London Hart SEED PCS 2019
Maya Woods-Arthur Washington Latin PCS 2019
Maya Gray Benjamin Banneker HS 2020
N'yana Martin Thurgood Marshall Academy 2019
Raquel Robinson Friendship Technology Preparatory HS 2021
Sifan Hunde Benjamin Banneker HS 2019
Siraj Carter Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) 2020
Syamyia Beach Frank W. Ballou HS 2019
Winston Wardlaw    DC International School 2021
Zachary Crouch Benjamin Banneker HS 2019

2017-18 Student Advisory Committee Final Report

At the May 16, 2018 SBOE Public Meeting, Student Representatives Tallya Rhodes and Tatiana Robinson, along with members of the SAC, presented a final report to the Board for consideration. The SAC met eight times over the course of the 2017-18 school year and selected two key topics that its members felt could be improved in the District’s public schools. The proposals submitted by the SAC focused on college readiness and equal access to educational opportunities in the District. Working in two teams, SAC members developed a peer-to-peer mentoring program for District students and built a resource website for students looking for guidance and insight into college and career opportunities.

2017-18 Student Advisory Committee

Name School
Tallya Rhodes, Student Representative H.D. Woodson HS
Tatiana Robinson, Student Representative Ballou HS
Aaliyah Dick Woodrow Wilson HS
Agustin Pereira Martinez School Without Walls HS
Aniyah Fields Thurgood Marshall Academy
Ayia Evans Benjamin Banneker HS
Chandler Nutall School Without Walls
Charlotte Mestrich School Without Walls
Daniel Osmin Rodriguez Benjamin Banneker HS
Davine Holsey H.D. Woodson HS
De Jesus Ray Vincent Lagman Benjamin Banneker HS
Diana Shea BASIS DC
Dwight Harris Ballou HS
Emilia Majersik Woodrow Wilson HS
Emma K Quigg BASIS DC
Hannah Dunn Woodrow Wilson HS
Jamiah Hall Roosevelt HS
Janae Chambers Friendship Collegiate Academy
Jasmin Woodruff Benjamin Banneker HS
Jerome Foster II Washington Leadership Academy
John Carlos Garcia Capital City Public Charter School
Marcia Bailey Cesar Chavez PCS- Parkside
Menkhu-ta Whaley Thurgood Marshall Academy
Natalie Seablom Woodrow Wilson HS
Nathaniel Hutton The Lab School
Zachary Crouch Benjamin Banneker HS

2016-17 Student Advisory Committee Final Report

In its second year, the Student Advisory Committee continued its mission to promote student voice within the District of Columbia Public Schools and public charter school systems. Student Representatives and SAC co-chairs Alex Dorosin and Jamiah Hall led the committee in writing a final proposal for a system promoting administrative accessibility and other improvements to the high school student experience.

The State Board of Education approved the Student Advisory Committee’s final report at its June 2017 public meeting.

2016-17 Student Advisory Committee

Name School
Alex Dorosin, Student Representative Woodrow Wilson HS
Jamiah Hall, Student Representative Roosevelt HS
Tavian Southall Thurgood Marshall Academy
Nathaniel Hutton The Lab School
Jasmin Woodruff Benjamin Banneker HS
Lucas Colella Woodrow Wilson HS

2015-16 Student Advisory Committee Final Report

By a unanimous vote in their first meeting, the Student Advisory Committee selected the topic of Teacher Accountability as their area of focus for the year. The SAC met four times over the course of the 2015­-16 school year, with each meeting representing a distinct step in the process of developing a set of policy proposals for the State Board of Education. You can read the full final report here. At the State Board’s June public meeting, the final SAC report was presented and passed unanimously.

2015-16 Student Advisory Committee

Name School
Brian Contreras, Student Representative School Without Walls
Destinee Whittington, Student Representative Richard Wright PCS
Joshua Adams Friendship PCS – Tech Prep
Jack Nugent School Without Walls
JaRhonda Roberts Friendship PCS – Collegiate Academy
Nate Green KIPP DC – College Prep
Natalie Seablom Wilson HS
Mykaila Lofton BASIS DC PCS
Alex Dorosin Wilson HS