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New Student Member Joins SBE

September 5, 2013

Jesse Zhang, 16, of Rancho Palos Verdes, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education by Gov. Jerry Grown. Zhang is a student at the California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS) and has been an intern for the Port of Long Beach, Department of Finance since 2013. He has been vice president of the Junior State of America’s chapter at CAMS and a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation since 2012. Zhang has held multiple positions on the CAMS student council since 2011, including sophomore class president, commissioner of athletics, and commissioner of beautification. Zhang was a volunteer adult exhibit interpreter at the Aquarium of the Pacific from 2011 to 2012.

Zhang’s first board meeting was Wednesday (Sept. 4). He will continue to serve through July 31, 2014. The position of SBE student member is not a ceremonial post; Zhang is entitled to cast a vote in SBE decisions, and his votes will be counted, just like the votes cast by other SBE members.

Source:  California Department of Education