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December 12, 2008

McMinnville High School's Karli Olsen Named State Board of Education Student Advisor

SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that Karli Olsen of McMinnville High School has been named to the State Board of Education as its student advisor. The board voted unanimously today to approve her selection.

“As a student on the State Board of Education, I will use my leadership position to advocate for those who do not have a support system and those who are struggling in school,” Olsen said in her application. “I am proud to represent all Oregon high school students and work with the state board to improve the quality of education in Oregon.”

Olsen is involved in National Honor Society, Key Club, Interact Club, Link Crew, Yearbook, basketball, and softball at McMinnville High. She is also an active community volunteer and can be found annually lending a hand at the McMinnville Education Foundation Starry Night Dinner, Mayor’s Charity Ball, and McMinnville Athletic Club Crab Feed.

"As the child of educators, Karli brings great insight into many of the issues facing students in Oregon,” said board member Lewis Frederick, who led the Board’s interview process. “I expect her to bring that perspective and energy to the Board and to provide an important voice for the students of our state. I look forward to working with her."

This is the third year that a high school student has served as an advisor for the state board, since the board revived the practice in 2005. While serving as a board advisor, the student must be enrolled in a public high 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 Duncan Wyse (Chair), Brenda Frank (Vice-Chair), Jerry Berger, Nikki Squire, Lewis Frederick, Leslie Shepherd, and Artemio Paz, Jr.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Gene Evans, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5737

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