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CHS student selected to serve on Mississippi Board of Education

Shelby Dean


Clinton Public School District
Dr. Tim Martin, Superintendent
Media Contact: Sandi Beason, APR

Clinton High School student Shelby Dean is one of two students statewide selected to serve on the Mississippi Board of Education.

Student representatives will be non-voting members but will provide input on policy decisions that affect Mississippi public schools. Students were selected through a competitive process from 52 applicants. After Shelby graduates in 2020, Junior Representative Omar Jamil of Hernando will be promoted to the senior position. A new junior representative will be selected annually.

"All the students we considered for the representative program are highly accomplished and reflect Mississippi's outstanding public schools," said Dr. Jason Dean, chairman of the State Board of Education. "The Board is looking forward to working with Omar and Shelby in the upcoming school year and to the contributions of future student representatives."

Shelby is a senior at CHS. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average, is a member of the 30+ club, and is active in numerous student and community organizations including the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Science Olympiad. She has been a member of the student council since seventh grade, and most recently served as student body vice president at CHS. As a three-sport athlete, Shelby fills key roles in cross country, soccer and Clinton's state champion Lady Arrows track team. Shelby plans to become a high school math teacher.

"As a representative, I would keep in mind all of my peers and keep in mind what would be beneficial for all of them, not just now but in the long run, so that they can grow as peers, friends and eventually leaders in the state of Mississippi," she said.