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Congratulations to 17 high school students selected from across Santa Barbara County to serve on inaugural Student Advisory Council of Superintendent Susan Salcido

Student Advisory Council

Dec. 14, 2022

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA - The Santa Barbara County Education Office is pleased to announce the students selected to serve on County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido’s first ever Student Advisory Council. The new council is composed of 17 high school students selected from school districts across Santa Barbara County.

Members of the council are: 

Carpinteria Unified School District

  • Angel Pineda Santana, Carpinteria High School

Lompoc Unified School District

  • Tobyn Jory, Cabrillo High School

  • Alin Ramirez Aldaz, Lompoc High School

  • Adilene Quintero Ramirez, Lompoc High School

Santa Barbara Unified School District

  • Hannah Huang, Dos Pueblos High School

  • Ava Shabestari, Dos Pueblos High School

  • Kay Taylor-Ng, Dos Pueblos High School

  • Dawson Kelly, San Marcos High School

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

  • Lisbeth Tovar, Delta High School

  • Jesse Jimenez, Ernest Righetti High School

  • Teya Nastaskin, Ernest Righetti High School

  • Gracie Valeria Velazquez Gomez, Pioneer Valley High School

  • Arleth Guzman Rodriguez, Santa Maria High School

  • Andrea Martinez De Jesús, Santa Maria High School

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District

  • Ada Degollado, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School

  • Emerson Stevens, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School

  • Ilan Espinoza Torres, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School

During the council’s first meeting on November 30, students gathered with the Superintendent via Zoom to make introductions and begin to identify topics of mutual interest. The council will convene for two additional meetings this school year, and also have the opportunity to present at County Board of Education meetings, accompany Dr. Salcido to school visits and other events, and learn more about the public education system.

The Santa Barbara County Education Office serves 20 public school districts and 10 charter schools serving 70,000 children & youth. Superintendent Salcido said she’s looking forward to learning from the council members’ diverse perspectives and experiences. 

“I am looking to these students to advise me, to share their ideas and insights, to help shape the conversations we’re having about topics that affect students, schools, and communities,” Superintendent Salcido said. “Our first meeting was informative and productive, and I’m eager to continue to listen and learn more from this council. I sincerely believe their input will be amongst the most valuable for me in my role.”

The council members will serve a one-year term, coinciding with the school year.

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