ANDERSON, Calif.—Bradley Ramsey, a junior at Anderson Union High School and a Simpson University Upward Bound program participant, has been selected to serve on the Shasta County Board of Education for the 2019-2020 school year.
Bradley is an exceptional student at Anderson High School and highly motivated to serve his local community. He also has a knack for solving problems and has taken part in board processes to find solutions to challenges that Shasta County schools are facing.
“It’s a unique experience, with many educational benefits, including experience in both local government and educational processes and having the ability to impact education in your local area,” he said.
Students selected to serve on the board were sent to attend the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) and Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education (SABLE) Conference in Sacramento to represent District 1 in January 2020. The goal of the conference was to put student board member representatives together and allow them an experience of creating a proposal for the California State Senate. The idea is that the student proposals will eventually become a new bill to better the educational system in California.
Bradley’s group chose to focus on a bill that would improve school safety. And while they are still working on the project, their idea for a new bill involved creating a plan for when an active shooter pulls a fire alarm. “It was a long process with many challenges but overall very informative and educational,” Bradley said.
Bradley and another member of his team were then selected to present their proposal to the Senate council. “It wasn’t much pressure, really,” he said. “Being able to talk to a senator was a great experience because it’s the chance to be able to talk to somebody that can actually do something with your ideas.”
Bradley seeks out opportunities for leadership. He is an active participant in the Science Bowl, the Robotics Club and the Boy Scouts of America, and he plans to enroll at Shasta College after graduation with the intent to transfer to a four-year university.
Article by Anthony Zippay, Upward Bound advisor
Photo: California State Assembly member Megan Dahle, left, with Bradley Ramsey, Student Board of Education representative for Region 1. Bradley is an Anderson High School student who participates in the Upward Bound program overseen by Simpson University.
About Shasta County Student Board Members:
Student Board Members, who are selected through an application and interview process, serve a one-year term on the Shasta County Board of Education. They provide important insight and input into the discussion of the Board and their ideas, thoughts, and concerns are listened to and reflected in decisions of the Board.
This unique opportunity for students to serve as Student Board Members provides them with an up-close view of the governance process. They gain a perspective of the educational systems, rules, regulations, and practices of the Shasta County Board of Education, Shasta County Office of Education, local school districts, and the California Department of Education.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and the Shasta County Board of Education is proud to serve together with our Student Board Members to directly influence the lives of children in Shasta County.
About Simpson University Upward Bound:
In 2017, Simpson University was awarded federal grants totaling $10 million to help boost higher education success rates in Northern California. The seven-year GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant serves more than 800 middle and high school students in far Nor Cal. The five-year Upward Bound grants serve area high schools providing student support services such as counseling, academic tutoring, college experiences and other academic and pre-college support services.
About Simpson University:
Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. Simpson has new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.