(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.
The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.
More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.
"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."
The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.
Several members are from metro Atlanta, including: