Below is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Education:
The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) selected Oxford’s Charlie Frugé to represent junior high students with the SBE for the 2022-23 school year.
Student representatives are nonvoting members of the SBE who contribute to policy decisions that affect Mississippi public schools. Charlie will join Laurel’s Micah Hill, who is the senior high school representative to the SBE.
“Our student representatives provide the SBE with tremendous insight into what’s happening in schools and the needs of students today,” said Rosemary Aultman, SBE President. “We welcome Charlie to the student representative program and look forward to hearing his insights into the issues facing students in Mississippi public education.”
Student representatives sit for two years. Once the Senior Representative graduates, the Junior Representative will be promoted to Senior Representative. A new junior representative is appointed annually.
Charlie is a junior at Oxford High School (OHS) in the Oxford School District. He is a recognized leader academically and in his community. As a freshman, Charlie scored a 30 on the ACT. Next, he led the 30+Club’s efforts to provide free ACT tutoring to students in the morning before class. Charlie scored a 34 on the ACT in the fall of 2021. As a member of the Students for Alzheimer’s OHS club, Charlie led efforts to raise $20,000 for Memory Makers. His extracurricular activities include student council, boy scouts, Eagle Scout, Christian Athlete Community, tennis, and active membership in the Oxford University United Methodist Church. He was class president, senior patrol leader in Boy Scouts, and founder of Fruge’ Tutoring.
“I have always felt a call to serve; it was ingrained in me from a very young age,” Charlie said. “I saw my parents serve our community. I had the Scout Oath and Law within me. However, I want my service to have a tangible impact.
The alternate junior representative is Kathryn Newman, a junior from the Ethel Attendance Center in the Attala County School District. An alternate is appointed to fulfill the term of the Junior Student Representative if the representative is unable to complete the term for any reason.
The pool of eligible candidates for Junior Representative included 35 students. The 12 semifinalists will join the Mississippi Department of Education’s Student Advisory Council, which will provide insight into educational opportunities and policies with the state’s superintendent of education.
About 15 state school boards have successfully implemented student counseling programs. In 2018, the SBE adopted a policy outlining the criteria for adding student representatives to the State Council.