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Student Advisory Committee

The SAC serves as the voice of students in the State Board’s work. They are consulted on issues of policy before the Board. The SAC meets at least once per month. Each year, the Committee sends the SBOE a report on a matter of importance to District students, providing recommended next steps.

2021–22 Student Advisory Committee

Below is the full list of the 2021–22 Student Advisory Committee:

Name School Graduation Year
Ean Bowie, co-chair Ron Brown College Prep High School  2023
Skye-Ali Johnson, co-chair Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts 2022
Juliana Lopez, co-chair Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC) 2023
Alexander O'Sullivan, co-chair BASIS DC Public Charter School 2022
Amira Jones Bard High School Early College DC 2024
Andrew Michael Wilson Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2024
Aniya Jabria Coffey Phelps ACE High School 2024
China Jones-Burgess Bard High School Early College DC 2024
Clarke Dickens Capital City Public Charter School 2022
Darlin Rivera  Wilson High School 2022
Daya George School Without Walls High School 2023
Dylan Park School Without Walls High School 2024
Edith Alexandra Gonzalez Cardozo Education Campus 2022/2023
Emilie Kpadea Calvin Coolidge Senior High School 2023
Gabriel Kraemer School Without Walls High School 2023
Gary Murray Paul Lawerence Dunbar High School 2022
Haven Gilchrist  Wilson High School 2022
Imania Sheikh  Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2022
Iyana Williams Bard High School Early College DC 2023
Janiya Brenae Charity Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2022
Jenae’ Preddie Bard High School Early College DC 2023
Julian Wardlaw D.C. International School 2023
Kayla Park  Washington Latin Public Charter School 2022
Kendall Shields Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2022
Kyriah Carmicheal Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts 2024
Leah Michele Sloan Kipp DC College Prep 2023
Liv Birnstad Capital City Public Charter School 2023
London McPherson-Dews Anacostia Senior High School  2022
Lordes Weston Wilson High School 2022
Penelope Morris School Without Walls High School 2024
Perion King  Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts 2024
Reagan Allvin Wilson High School 2022
Segen Mebrahtu Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2022
Sophia Hosford Wilson High School 2022
Sophia Ibrahim Wilson High School 2023
Taron Lawson Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts 2023
Titilope Omole Theodore Roosevelt High School 2023
Vance Gootman School Without Walls High School 2022
Yohanna Mbedgue Cardozo Education Campus 2023

2020–21 Student Advisory Committee

At the July 14, 2021 Public Meeting, Student Representative Alex O'Sullivan and Student Advisory Committee members, Reagan Allvin, Emilie Kpadea, Gary Murray, and Leah Sloan, presented a final report to the Board for consideration. The SAC focused their report on the most important issues they tackled during SY2020–21: distance learning, mental health, in-person learning, safe passage, inequities in funding, and recruiting applicants for the SAC/Student Representative positions. Read their full report here.

The SY2021-21 SAC also organized two student-led town halls to discuss and engage with the public on a variety of topics, including distance learning, student mental health, student engagement in an online setting, synchronous v. asynchronous learning, online platforms, reopening, standardized testing during distance learning, and more. The recordings of each can be found on the State Board's YouTube channel or viewed below:

   

Below is the full list of the 2020-21 Student Advisory Committee

Name School Grad Year
Shayla Dell, co-chair Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2022
Alex O'Sullivan, co-chair BASIS DC Public Charter School 2022
Alyssa Richardson Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2022
Amira Jones Bard Early College High School 2024
Anna Brosowsky D.C. International School 2021
Camille Jones Capital City Public Charter School 2021
China Jones-Burgess Bard Early College High School 2024
Emilie Kpadea Calvin Coolidge Senior High School 2023
Gary Murray Paul Laurence Dunbar High School 2022
Guilio Iacoviello School Without Walls 2021
Haven Gilchrist Wilson High School 2022
Iyanna Williams Bard Early College High School 2023
Janiya Charity Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2022
Jean-Pierre Roberts Wilson High School 2022
Jenae Preddie Bard High School Early College  2023
Jessi Thompson-Brown D.C. International School 2021
Jordynn Goins Paul Laurence Dunbar High School 2021
Julian Michael Wardlaw D.C. International School 2023
Kayla Park Washington Latin Public Charter School 2022
Leah Sloan KIPP DC College Preparatory Public Charter School 2023
London McPherson-Dews Anacostia High School 2022
Londyn Napper Wilson High School 2022
Lordes Weston Wilson High School 2022
Lucas Johnson BASIS DC Public Charter School 2022
Reagan Allvin Wilson High School 2022
Segen Mebrahtu Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2022
Shaniyah Robinson Frank W. Ballou High School 2022
Sophia Hosford Wilson High School 2022
Tamia Murphy Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter School 2022
Vance Gootman School Without Walls HS 2022
Walker Price  Wilson High School 2021
Winston Wardlaw D.C. International School 2021
Zion Smithen McKinley Technology High School 2022

2019-20 Student Advisory Committee

At the June 17, 2020 SBOE Public Meeting, Student Representatives Dayja Burton and Alex O'Sullivan, along with members of the SAC, presented a final report to the Board for consideration. The SAC met monthly over the course of the 2019-20 school year and focused their work on "Post-Secondary Preparation" and "Maximizing Productivity Within the Classroom." The Post-Secondary Preparation committee focused on how students feel that there should be a greater effort towards helping students navigate post-secondary options. This committee designed a survey to determine what students would need in order to feel prepared and supported, and recommendations include developing financial literacy and career classes, and increasing the number of counselors. The Maximizing Productivity in the Classroom committee worked towards examining in-class factors that could improve student learning. It identified four main areas of focus: access to learning, teaching and learning styles, relationship with teachers, and mental well-being of students and teachers. Additionally, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the implementation of District-wide distance learning, the SAC included a list of recommendations on how distance learning can be best implemented in the fall and addressed concerns for safety upon reopening of schools next school year.

Below is the full list of the 2019-20 Student Advisory Committee:

Name School Grad Year
Dayja Burton, co-chair McKinley Technology High School 2020
Alex O'Sullivan, co-chair BASIS DC 2022
Abigail Quashie BASIS DC 2020
Adam Soltani School Without Walls 2021
Anna Brosowsky D.C. International School 2021
Ceon Dubose Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering HS 2020
Chau Nguyen Wilson High School 2021
Chelsea Casarrubias McKinley Technology HS 2020
Gabriel Madson D.C. International School 2020
Hannah Dorosin Wilson High School 2020
Imani Horton Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2020
Jackson Hall Wilson High School 2021
Jalen Gross IDEA Public Charter School 2021
Jeremiah McCollum KIPP DC - College Preparatory Academy Public Charter School 2021
Jessi Thompson-Brown D.C. International School 2021
Kaitlyn Towles Anacostia High School 2020
Lauren Hadley D.C. International School 2020
Londyn Napper Wilson High School 2022
Maya Gray Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2020
Mendel Socolovsky School Without Walls High School 2020
Micah Carter Wilson High School 2020
Nadine Beckford Calvin Coolidge High School 2020
Reagan Allvin Wilson High School 2022
Sanaa Sanderson BASIS DC 2020
Shayla Dell Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2022
Tamia Murphy Washington Leadership Academy 2022
Vance Gootman School Without Walls  2022
Walker Price Wilson High School 2021
Zahir Hanson Wilson High School 2022
Alyssa Richardson Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2022
Winston Wardlaw D.C. International School 2021
Zakhiya Graham Wilson High School 2022
Lordes Weston Wilson High School 2022
Jesse Holmes Thurgood Marshall Academy 2020
Guilio Iacoviello School Without Walls 2021

2018-19 Student Advisory Committee 

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 Public Charter School 2019
Tatiana Robinson, co-chair Frank W. Ballou High School 2019
Aaliyah Dick Wilson High School 2019
Aaron Spruill Friendship Collegiate Academy  2019
Akhayla Reynolds McKinley Technology High School 2019
Aleghzia Smith Friendship Technology Preparatory  2019
Anna Brosowsky D.C. 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  2019
Daniel Rodriguez Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2019
Diana Shea BASIS DC Public Charter School 2019
Emma Quigg BASIS DC Public Charter School 2019
Hannah Dunn Wilson High School 2019
Hannah Dorosin Wilson High School 2020
Henry Addison Jr. Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2020
Imani Horton Duke Ellington School of the Arts 2019
Janae Chambers Friendship Collegiate Academy 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 D.C. International School 2020
Kaya Myers Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School 2019
Khiya Derricott Washington Latin Public Charter School 2019
London Hart SEED Public Charter School 2019
Maya Woods-Arthur Washington Latin Public Charter School 2019
Maya Gray Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2020
N'yana Martin Thurgood Marshall Academy 2019
Raquel Robinson Friendship Technology Preparatory High School 2021
Sifan Hunde Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2019
Siraj Carter Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) 2020
Syamyia Beach Frank W. Ballou High School 2019
Winston Wardlaw    D.C. International School 2021
Zachary Crouch Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 2019

2017-18 Student Advisory Committee 

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.

Below is the full list of the 2017-18 Student Advisory Committee:

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

 

2016-17 Student Advisory Committee

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.

Below is the full list of the 2016-17 Student Advisory Committee:

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

2015-16 Student Advisory Committee 

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.

Below is the full list of the 2015-16 Student Advisory Committee:

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

 

 


Student Representative Past Testimonials

Dayja Burton headshot.jpgDayja Burton
2019-20 SBOE Student Representative | McKinley Technology High School - Class of 2020

"I am most proud of leading conversations geared at improving student’s knowledge of post-secondary education and becoming qualified adults. As a high school senior, having the platform to express ideas on behalf of my peers is an amazing accomplishment for me."


 

Tatiana Robinson Profile.jpgTatiana Robinson
2017-18, 2018-19 SBOE Student Representative | Frank W. Ballou High School - Class of 2019

I am so proud and honored to say that I have served as the State Board of Education Student Representative and the Co-Chair of the Student Advisory Committee. As a student representative, I am the liaison and voice between the student population of the District of Columbia and policymakers for education. This role has helped me develop tremendously and has allowed me to discuss how my education is affected by decisions being made. I have also become more passionate in being sure that student voices are heard. My peers have also put trust in me to be the voice of our education. I have worked with students from so many DC high schools to discuss the goals we expect to meet as a district. We have also discussed having equitable opportunities and resources for all of our education. I have been the leader of creating a mentorship program, leading meetings, sharing correspondence via email, and interaction with some leading policymakers.”
 

Marjoury Alicea.pngMarjoury Alicea
2018-19 SBOE Student Representative | Capital City Public Charter School- Class of 2019

As a Student Representative, I am the connection between students in the District of Columbia and the policymakers for education. Not only has it given me the opportunity to be an advocate for students, but I am able to connect with my community as well.

 

Tallya Rhodes.pngTallya Rhodes
2017-18 SBOE Student Representative | HD Woodson High School - Class of 2018

“The position of Student Representative is a voice in itself. It is a reminder to the Board members that their decisions affect students. I am able to exercise that voice in a way I could not before. Members of the Board have supported me and listened to anything I needed to say, taking it into account. I learned what It meant to have the power to bring change from the simplest actions. This is a lifelong experience that sticks with you no matter where you go. I improved as a person from being there. I will take this with me everywhere I go.”