Student Advisory Council

Student Advisory Council

Published: 1/23/2024 1:12 PM

​​Commissioner's Student Advisory Council Members​​

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Raima Dutt, Chair
duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County)​​​​​​
raimadutt01@gmail.com
About Raima: Raima Dutt, a senior at duPont Manual High School, is a member of her school’s golf and speech teams. She also served as a researcher on the Kentucky Student Voice Team’s Race to Learn project.​

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Bentley White, Vice Chair
Kentucky School for the Deaf
bentley.white@stu.ksd.kyschools.us 
About Bentley: Bentley White, a senior at the Kentucky School for the Deaf, is studying in the agriculture career and technical pathway program. He served on Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman’s Student Mental Health Team and is a member of the Kentucky United We Learn Council.​

Ava Benson
Ava Benson
Henderson County High School

About Ava: Ava Benson, a senior at Henderson County High School, studies in the School of Fine Arts Theatre and Voice career and technical education pathway. She is a student officer and secretary of the Equality Club. Benson is also a member of the Community Alliance Program which offers LGTBQ+ inclusive training seminars to businesses and schools.

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Isaac Reece
Blakeman

Somerset High School (Somerset Independent)

About Reece: Reece Blakeman, a senior at Somerset High School, said he joined the Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council to encourage collaboration between students. Blakeman has been a member of DECA and his high school’s business and marketing club.

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Owen Borden 
Highlands High School (Fort Thomas Independent)

About Owen: Owen Borden, a senior at Highlands High School, serves on the Fort Thomas Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Borden is a member of the Regional Youth Leadership Class of 2023, which connects business and civic leaders with students to discuss leadership tactics in a variety of industries​

Cameron Breier
duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County)

About Cameron: Cameron Breier, a senior at duPont Manual High School, studies in the journalism and communications career and technical pathway program. She is also involved in varsity sports. Breier is a promotional coordinator for On the Record, a local student-led magazine.

Owen Cody
Owen Graham Cody 
McCracken County High School

About Owen: Owen Cody, a senior at McCracken County High School, has served as captain of his school’s academic team and as vice president of the school’s Young Democrats chapter. Cody also volunteers for Community Kitchen, the Salvation Army and Starfish Orphan Ministry.

Hunter Combs 

Hunter Combs
Knott County Central High School (Knott County)

About Hunter: Hunter Combs, a senior at Knott County Central High School, volunteers regularly for his school’s GEAR UP leadership team. He is a former member of the Prichard Committee’s 2022 Kentucky Collaborative Advisory Council. ​

Joud Dahleh

Joud Dahleh
Ignite Academy (Boone County)

About Joud: Joud Dahleh, a senior at Ignite Academy, recently completed her term as the 2022-2023 non-voting student member of the Kentucky Board of Education. Dahleh is pursuing a health sciences career and technical pathway program.​

Justin Dunning
Justin Dunning
Lyon County High School

About Justin: Justin Dunning, a senior at Lyon County High School, is studying in the business management career and technical education pathway program. Dunning previously served as president of his school’s FBLA chapter and as committee chairman of the Beta Club. He is also the standing committee chair of Vibrant Learning for the Kentucky United We Learn Council

Manas Garla
​Manas Garla
Western Hills High School (Franklin County)

About Manas: Manas Garla, a sophomore at Western Hills High School, is an active participant in his school’s concert and marching bands, as well as the academic team and science clubs. Garla volunteers at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center and the Kentucky Historical Society.​

Nicholas Hazelette

Nicholas Hazelett
Paintsville High School (Paintsville Independent)

About Nicholas: Nicholas Hazelett, a senior at Paintsville High School, serves on the Paintsville Independent Schools Food Service Committee and advocates for his rural community through the Paintsville Independent Schools Career Development Center. He previously served as a student council representative.​

Honette IrakizaHonette Irakiza

South Warren High School (Warren County)

About Honette: Honette Irakiza, a junior at South Warren High School, is a member of the Student Ambassadors (student council). She is a former co-vice president of the Beta Club. Irakiza is a Rwandan immigrant and serves her community through Foundation For Connecting Communities, a nonprofit organization founded by her parents.​

Trey Avery Jackson

Trey Avery Jackson 
South Laurel High School (Laurel County)

About Trey: Trey Jackson, a senior at South Laurel High School (SLHS), is in the business career and technical pathway in a collaborative program between SLHS and Somerset Community College. Jackson has served in leadership positions with the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and the Laurel County Youth Leadership Council.​

Peter Jefferson

Peter Jefferson
Henry Clay High School (Fayette County)

About Peter: Peter Jefferson, a junior at Henry Clay High School, volunteers at a community garden six months out of the year. He has served as a student conference leader of his school’s Model U.N. team.​

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Shraman Kar 
duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County)

About Shraman: Shraman Kar is a senior at duPont Manual High School and studies in the computer science career and technical pathway program. Kar previously served as a technology student advisor for Jefferson County Public Schools and as president of his school’s artificial intelligence club.​​

Vijaykumar Karthikeyan

Vijaykumar Karthikeyan 
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County)

About Vijaykumar: Vijaykumar Karthikeyan, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, studies in the computer science career and technical pathway program. He currently works as a student researcher at the Center for Applied Energy and is a member of his school’s Beta Club, National Honor Society, German Honor Society and rocketry club.​

Seth Langford

Seth Langford
J. Graham Brown School (Jefferson County)

About Seth: Seth Langford, a sophomore at J. Graham Brown School, is a recent graduate of the Louisville FBI Teen Academy and is heavily involved in theater and the Beta Club at his school. He holds a brown belt in taekwondo. ​

Danica Rose Love

Danica Rose Love
Meade County High School

About Danica: Danica Love, a senior at Meade County High School, is a member of the Meade County Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. She is also Meade County High School Student Ambassador, student body secretary and vice president of HOSA, a student-led program for future health professionals.​

Gabriella McAdams

Gabriella MacAdams
Williamstown High School (Williamstown Independent)

About Gabriella: Gabriella MacAdams, a sophomore at Williamstown High School, is pursuing studies in the aerospace career and technical pathway program. She is a member of the school’s Furthering Future Students club and art honor society, as well as the academic, golf and recreational tennis teams.​

​​Constance Rae Martin

Constance Rae Martin
Johnson Central High School (Johnson County)

About Constance: Constance Martin, a senior at Johnson Central High School, is pursuing studies in the cinematography and media career and technical pathway. She served as the junior class student board representative for the Johnson County School District. ​

Anopa Musoni
Anopa Musoni

Lafayette High School (Fayette County)



Ronald Osborne

Ronald (R.J.) Osborne
Whitley County High School

About R.J.: R.J. Osborne: A junior at Whitley County HIgh School, is currently serving a one-year term as a non-voting member of the Kentucky Board of Education. Osborne is involved in Future Farmers of America and varsity baseball, and volunteers as a referee for the Upward Sports basketball league.​

Tanvi Rakesh 

Tanvi Rakesh 
Cooper High School (Boone County)

About Tanvi: Tanvi Rakesh, a junior at Cooper High School, advocates for student voice as a member of the Boone County Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council and through her work with The Giving Tree, a nonprofit organization she co-founded.​​

Daniel Clay RatleyDaniel Clay Ratley

Grayson County High School

About Daniel: Daniel Ratley, a sophomore at Grayson County High School, is in the business and marketing career and technical pathway program. Ratley was selected as one of two YMCA Youth Advocates for the state of Kentucky. He is involved in sports, orchestra and the Youth Advisory Board for college911.net. ​

Jocelyn Reddick

Jocelyn Reddick
South Warren High School (Warren County)

About Jocelyn: Jocelyn Reddick, a senior at South Warren High School, is a member of the school’s prom committee and film society. She also joined Southern Kentucky's Cadet Squadron under Civil Air Patrol and serves as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Leader at her school.​

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Amy Roblero-Perez 
Bardstown High School (Bardstown Independent)
About Amy: Amy Roblero-Perez, a senior at Bardstown High School, was chosen as the first Kentucky Youth Poet Laureate and is a part of the U.S. 2024 Horatio Alger Association's Scholars Success Program. She is involved in theater and serves as president of the school’s student council. ​

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Caleb Robinson
Kentucky School for the Blind




Sophia Staples

Sophia Staples
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County)
About Sophia: Sophia Staples, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, pursues coursework in the music career and technical pathway program. Staples is heavily involved in STEM initiatives at her school and said she aspires to be an astrophysicist. ​

Ian Swenson Ian Swenson​​

Paducah Tilghman High School (Paducah Independent)

About Ian: Ian Swenson, a sophomore at Paducah Tilghman High School, is active in band and the archery and pep clubs. Swenson is also a member of his school’s Beta Club and serves as a Paducah Tilghman Student Ambassador.



Sarah Umbarger
​Sarah Umbarger
Marshall County High School

About Sarah: Sarah Umbarger, a senior at Marshall County High School, is studying in the biomedical career and technical pathway program. Umbarger previously served as president of her school’s Student Y chapter, and she was chosen as one of two Kentucky student advocates at the National Y Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C.


Austin Vitato

Austin Vitato
J. Graham Brown School (Jefferson County)

About Austin: Austin Vitato, a sophomore at J. Graham Brown School, is pursuing studies in the travel and tourism career and technical pathway program.​ Vitato volunteers for the Special Olympics, serves at a homeless shelter and participates in the Kentucky Student Voice Team journalism cohort.​

Carley Isabella WattsCarley Watts
Hazard High School (Hazard Independent)

About Carley: Carley Watts, a sophomore at Hazard High School, was elected as a youth correspondent for the Envision Hazard board. She also worked to aid victims impacted by the July 2022 floods in Eastern Kentucky.​

Aliete Yanes Medina
​Aliete Yanes Medina
Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County)

About Aliete: Aliete Yanes Medina, a sophomore at Fern Creek High School, studies digital literacy. She is involved in Future Business Leaders of America and the schools’ Educators Rising organization.​

India Young

India Young
Marion County High School

 About India: India Young, a junior at Marion County High School, serves on her school’s student council and as treasurer of the school’s service-based club. She is also an active member of the local National Beta Club.​

Josahua Zyzak
Joshua Zyzak
Beechwood High School (Beechwood Independent)
About Joshua: Joshua Zyzak, a senior at Beechwood High School, has been a member with his school’s congressional debate team and National Honor and National English Honors societies. He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. 







Jennifer Ginn
Chief Communications Officer
Office of the Commissioner
Division of Communications
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