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Area students selected to serve on state school superintendent’s Student Cabinet

Middle and high school students give advice and opinions that help shape state’s K-12 education policy, Baesler said

Kirsten Baesler
Kirsten Baesler
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GRAND FORKS – Four students from northeast North Dakota have been selected to serve on the North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler’s Student Cabinet.

The new members of the advisory group include: Hanson Du, who’ll be a junior this fall at Grand Forks Central High School; Eli Zerr, freshman, Red River High School; Jaidyn Roder, sixth grade, Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg Middle School, Mayville; and Shayla Davis, senior, Devils Lake High School. Zerr has served on previous cabinets.

The 25-member group advises Baesler on ways to strengthen North Dakota’s K-12 educational system.

The cabinet’s members serve for 22 months, beginning Monday, Aug. 1, and ending in June 2024. They will meet with Baesler every three months at the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck. The first meeting is set for Aug. 16.

“Since the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet program began, its members have provided me a great deal of valuable advice and opinions, and helped to shape public education policy,” Baesler said in her announcement of the new members.


“They have helped build my understanding of what our students need, and to learn what is going well in our schools and what can be improved.”

The new group consists of 16 young women and nine young men.

“Aside from being able to influence public policy in North Dakota, students who serve in the Cabinet also have an opportunity to develop their skills in leadership, public speaking, decision-making and team building,” Baesler said. “They have a chance to become our next generation of leaders.”

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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