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12/6/2007 11:22:00 AM
New Press Release: Paisley High School's Jenna Chiono Named State Board of Education Student Advisor
SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that Jenna Chiono (Paisley High School) has been named to the State Board of Education as a Student Advisor. A unanimous Board vote on December 6th approved Chiono’s nomination.

“Being able to serve on this board would equip me with knowledge and greater skills for future endeavors in benefiting education throughout Oregon,” Chiono said in her application.

She is a student member of the Commission on Children & Families and serves as Student Body President of her school. Chiono has been an officer in FFA for two years and has earned the title of one of the top eight FFA speakers in Oregon.

“When you look at the list of things Jenna has accomplished already, you’ll see why I’m excited about her appointment to the Board,” said Board member Lewis Frederick, who led the Board’s interview process. “I’m glad to get the chance to work with her.”

This is the second year that a student has served as an advisor for the current State Board. Natalie Caceres (Lakeridge High School, Lake Oswego) served as the advisor last year. The Board agreed to continue the pilot for a second year. During the time of service, the student advisor must be enrolled in a secondary public school, have junior or senior status, maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA, be responsible to make up school work missed while attending scheduled meetings, and be committed to attend board meetings and special board functions.

The Oregon Legislature created the State Board of Education in 1951 to oversee grades K-12 and all community colleges. Members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for up to two four-year terms. Seven members are selected to represent the five congressional districts with two at-large members. Current Board members include Jerry Berger (Chair), Duncan Wyse (Vice-Chair), Nikki Squire, Steve Bogart, Brenda Frank, Lewis Frederick, and Artemio Paz, Jr.

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