In a video presented at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education, officers and members of the Student Advisory Council highlighted the council’s achievements during the 2017-18 school year.

Chairman Cameron Castillo, a junior at Centennial High School, discussed the election of officers, the formation of Bylaws and Communications committees, and the duties of each. He also pointed to the council’s role in the passage of Senate Memorial 8 — a legislative resolution which authorizes the New Mexico Public Education Department and the Legislative Education Study Committee to study and evaluate potential solutions to decrease the rates of suicide by firearms and gun violence in schools.

“It was a large win for the council, and the start of something great,” Castillo said.

Superintendent Greg Ewing said the Student Advisory Council, which was established in 2015, serves a critical role within the district.

“We are so grateful for these students, and for their service on the Student Advisory Council,” Ewing said. “They provide us with valuable input, and constantly serve to remind us how the decisions we make impact students. We must never lose sight of that.”

The presentation concluded on a congratulatory note, recognizing graduating members of the council, including:

  • Sophie Noshirwani, who graduated from Las Cruces High School and has been accepted to attend New York University where she plans to study Business.
  • Mary Clayshulte, also from Las Cruces High School, who will attend Texas A&M where she intends to study Business.
  • Ariana Parra, who graduated from Oñate High School, will pursue a degree in Biology at New Mexico State University.
  • August Rannow, who graduated from Centennial High School, has been selected to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.