Julia Palazzolo, a senior at Calhoun High School has been selected to serve on State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ Student Advisory Council.
The council will meet over the school year to provide Woods with feedback and a student perspective on a variety of issues facing students today. They will serve as the superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools and take part in service projects.
“Every year, it is so valuable to hear directly from students through my Student Advisory Council,” Woods said. “In the past, we have made direct changes based on student feedback, and I look forward to working with these 142 students who I know will make an impact.”
Palazzolo was selected as one of the 142 students out of 1500 nominations state wide. Members were chosen based on the strength of their answers to essay questions that focused on their ideas for public education and their community service experience. She is the daughter of Marcus and Jackie Palazzolo and has a younger sister, Jenna. She has been class treasurer since her freshman year and is involved with student government. A varsity football and competition cheerleader since ninth grade, she was a homecoming court representative for the junior class and is presently a member of the CHS Homecoming Court. Palazzolo was presented with the Calhoun High School Outstanding Student Award for Special Achievement at the school’s Honors Award Program, where she also was presented with an Academic Letter, Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar Appointment, Most Outstanding Student Honors Award for Spanish 2 and was named the Most Outstanding Student in Accelerated Geometry. She also received the High School Cheerleading Academic Award, the Presbyterian College Fellows Award, UGA Certificate of Merit and the President’s Student Service Challenge Award. She is a member of the CHS National Honor Society and National Beta Club; an active member of the CHS Interact Club and was recently selected to the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Class.
“Julia will represent CHS and our community very well on the State Student Advisory Council. We are extremely proud of her and all of her accomplishments,” said Peter Coombe, principal of Calhoun High School.