A Cherokee County School District student has been named to a prestigious public education advisory group.

Creekview High School sophomore Callahan Pace is one of only eight high school students from across the state selected to serve on the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) Youth Advisory Council.

The program was established to give Georgia high school students the opportunity to provide meaningful input to school board members, according to GSBA, through meetings that culminate in council recommendations on topics ranging from academic programs to school climate. The application process is open every February to students statewide.

“We’re so proud of Cal for this honor and know he will represent Creekview and CCSD with excellence and pride,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Our School Board greatly values student input, and we look forward to hearing what he and his fellow student leaders share with GSBA through their service on the Council.”

Through their service, council members also enhance their leadership and public speaking skills and improve their school community, with a focus this year on topics including school climate and safety, students’ social and emotional needs and college and career opportunities.

GSBA’s goal is to gather student feedback “to help aid school board members in their decision making and implementation processes…Through this program, we hope that students and school board members can achieve greater awareness regarding academic programs and school climate.”

Pace will be recognized by GSBA at a celebration on Dec. 5 at SunTrust Park and by the Cherokee County School Board and Dr. Hightower at the School Board’s Dec. 12 meeting.

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