When it comes to important decisions about education, it makes perfect sense to include students in the decision-making process. Our very own Silverton High School senior Dakota Parmley has been selected as a student advisor to the Oregon State Board of Education. Students from high schools throughout the state were nominated, but only two were selected to participate and advise the Board of Education on policy decisions that affect over half a million K-12 Oregon students.
“There were many talented students who were nominated and we were impressed with all of them. However, Dakota’s background and approach stood out from the rest,” said Jessica Nguyen-Ventura, MPP and executive officer for the State Board of Education in a letter to Silverfalls Superintendent Andy Bellando. “I know I speak on behalf of the Board when I say, that we are all very excited to have Dakota join our team.”
Parmley will begin his advisory role this month alongside another student from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro. Both will serve until June of this year.
“We are proud of Dakota’s initiative and leadership skills that helped him earn this position and we know this will be a wonderful growth experience for him,” said SHS principal Justin Lieuallen.