SBOE Welcomes New Student Representatives

By: Paul Negron, Communications & Public Engagement

Late last month, the State Board of Education proudly held swearing-in ceremonies for its two new student representatives, Tallya Rhodes (HD Woodson HS, Ward 7) and Tatiana Robinson (Ballou HS, Ward 8). State Board President Karen Williams was joined by Ashley Carter (At-Large) and Markus Batchelor (Ward 8) at both high schools as our newest student representatives were sworn in with proud teachers, classmates, and family members cheering them on!

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Tallya Rhodes’ Swearing-In Ceremony at HD Woodson High School

Tallya and Tatiana are the first students from their respective high schools to be selected as student representatives. These two outstanding students were chosen through an open application process due to their academic excellence and deep involvement at school and in the community. Tatiana and Tallya will also chair the State Board’s Student Advisory Committee of youth leaders from schools around the city who will advise the State Board on its work over the next year.

Tallya Rhodes is a senior at H.D. Woodson High School (Ward 7) and is a resident of Ward 5. A member of the Youth Advisory Council and a delegate for the DC STEM Program, Ms. Rhodes is committed helping the voices of all students be heard.

Tatiana Robinson is a junior at Ballou High School (Ward 8) and is a resident of Ward 7. Ms. Robinson serves as Vice President of the Ballou Book Club and is a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll. She looks forward to being a voice for students, knowing that the power of an education can be life-altering.

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Tatiana Robinson’s Swearing-In Ceremony at Ballou High School

The Student Advisory Committee serves as the voice of students in the State Board’s work and is consulted on all issues of policy before the Board. The Student Advisory Committee conducts its meetings approximately once per month and is happy to accept new members. If you are a District of Columbia resident and either a sophomore, junior, or senior in either a traditional public or public charter high school and would like to join, please contact us via email at To learn more about the work of the Student Advisory Committee, please visit

Click Here to watch Tallya’s Ceremony.
Click Here to watch Tatiana’s Ceremony.

Congratulations to our new student representatives!

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