Freeport, Illinois — This school year, one Freeport High School student will have the unique opportunity to
engage in the education policy process at the state level.
FHS junior Carter Shockey is one of about 20 Illinois high school students recently selected as members of the
Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council.
According to the ISBE website, “this group of students has the opportunity to see the State Board’s
policymakers in action and work with them to provide student perspectives and concerns on the state’s
education policies.” Beginning in September, students on the council come together several times throughout
the year and also work on a research project that is presented to the Board.
As part of the competitive review process to be considered for the Student Advisory Council, Shockey
submitted an application to ISBE in May and was invited to a phone interview in July.
At Freeport High School, Shockey is involved in Varsity Soccer, Varsity Tennis, Key Club, Holiday Pageant,
Band, Speech Team, Athletic Leadership Council, and Principal’s Advisory Council. He is the Class of 2020
Student Council President and was the Class of 2020 FHS Representative at the Illinois Leadership Seminar in
Summer 2018. Shockey also participated in the Northern Illinois University Center for Southeast Asian Studies’
Global Youth Leadership Camp in both Spring 2017 & Spring 2018.
“We are very proud to have Carter representing not only the Freeport School District but our entire Illinois
region,” said Dr. Mike Schiffman, Superintendent of Freeport School District. “I look forward to hearing about
the meetings he attends and the overall presentation to the State Board of Education.”
For more information, you may contact Dr. Beth Summers, Freeport High School Principal, at 815-232-0400 or