ND DPI Selects 20 to Serve on Student Cabinet

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Students often complain that their voices aren't heard in the world of politics. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction heard their cries and is working to fix that.

Twenty students, 10 from the Bismarck-Mandan and Lincoln area, will represent their peers on the first ever Student Cabinet.

The Cabinet will advise State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on how to improve conditions in schools and how to direct lawmakers during the 2017 session.

The children, including late elementary, middle and high school students, will serve for the next 15 months.

They'll meet around the state as well as possibly on Skype.

"They are our next generation of leaders. We certainly shouldn't be making decisions for people, we should be making decisions with people and as K-12 students, that's where they learn how their voice matters," said North Dakota State Superintendent Kristen Baesler.

The groups first meeting will be on April 22 at the Bismarck Public Library.

The members are:
Bryer Samuelson, a fourth grader at Sunnyside Elementary, Minot
Ethan Wood, a fourth grader at Lincoln Elementary, Lincoln
Delaney Vilhauer, a fifth grader at Rita Murphy Elementary, Bismarck
Molly Farstveet, a sixth grader at Lincoln Elementary, Beach
Grace Vetter, a sixth grader at Cathedral Grade School, Bismarck
Skylar Strand, a seventh grader at Wachter Middle School, Bismarck
Isaac King, a seventh grader at Horizon Middle School, Bismarck
Maggie Oberlander, an eighth grader at Valley City Junior/Senior High School, Valley City
Sophie Lind, an eighth grader at Mandan Middle School, Mandan
Thomas Iken, an eighth grader at Wachter Middle School, Bismarck
Hannah Iron Eyes, a ninth grader at Century High School, Bismarck
Francie Shaft, a ninth grader at Red River High School, Grand Forks
Lynna Ngo, a 10th grader at South High School, Fargo
Dawson Schefter, a 10th grader at Langdon Area High School, Langdon
Peyton Cole, an 11th grader at Park River Area High School, Park River
Cole Garman, an 11th grader at Mandan High School, Mandan
Madelyn Jean, an 11th grader at Hankinson Public School, Hankinson
Collin Poolman, an 11th grader at Century High School, Bismarck
Philip Meidinger, an 11th grader at Kenmare Public School, Kenmare
Lindsey Pouliot, a 12th grader at Beulah High School, Beulah