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Kofa student selected for State Superintendent Advisory Council

Kofa High School senior Isaac Navarrete was recently selected to join the Student Advisory Council for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman.   

Navarrete is one of 20 students across the state chosen for the 2021-22 school year. According to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) website, the Student Advisory Council was created under the leadership of Superintendent Hoffman to center students’ voices and improve K-12 education in the state. Students range from 5th to 12th grade, and are required to be in good academic standing.

"Communities in Arizona have different issues and needs,” said Navarrete, who serves as Kofa’s Student Body President. “I’m excited for this opportunity to learn about others, share student perspectives and represent Kofa and all of Yuma County.”

Isaac Navarrete Students on the Advisory Council will meet with Superintendent Hoffman and other education leaders quarterly to discuss issues such as academics, technology, school safety and provide feedback on their experience as students.

ADE Project Manager Sophia Mayberry shared some of what led to Navarrete being selected: “Great passion, prior experience with Yuma Superintendent Student Advisory Committee, advocacy, fundraising, and public speaking skills, current Student Body President, wants to represent Yuma and neighboring cities to ensure they have a voice and seat at the decision-making table.”

Navarrete has already made a significant impact on the Yuma community. He’s served on Yuma Union High School District Superintendent Gina Thompson’s Student Advisory Committee for two years, created public service announcements to support health and safety, and organized a Cap and Gown fundraiser for members of the Class of 2021 who were in financial need.

“We have amazing students at Kofa High School,” Kofa High School Principal Steve Anderson said. “Isaac is a wonderful example of student leadership. We are very proud of him and his accomplishments. He is a wonderful person and leads by example. Isaac's leadership skills are a valuable asset to not only Kofa High School, but our entire community.” 

Applications for the 2022-23 school year are expected to open in the spring. For more information, visit the ADE website: https://www.azed.gov/adeinfo/student-advisory-council

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org