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High school student appointed to education reform blue ribbon task force



CARSON CITY — Governor Jim Gibbons today yesterday Zhan Okuda-Lim to the Education Reform Blue Ribbon Task Force. Okuda-Lim is a senior at Valley High School in Las Vegas and is in the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme there. He has been involved in student government and advocacy since his freshman year; he served as Class President for three years, and is currently serving as the Student Body President at Valley High School.

Okuda-Lim’s experience advocating for education includes testifying before the Nevada Legislature earlier this year, asking state leaders to maintain adequate funding for public education. He also represented Nevada during the 48th Annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C., and in the 2010 American Legion Boys Nation at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

“Zhan has seized the opportunities offered by Nevada’s public education system and has first-hand familiarity with what works and what might need improvement in the classroom,” Governor Gibbons said, “I am certain his experience will be a benefit all the members of the Education Reform Task Force as they lay the framework for the intellectual infrastructure of Nevada’s future.”

The State of Nevada’s Education Blue Ribbon Task Force was formed to develop a comprehensive call to action to improve education in Nevada. The Task Force has significant education reform milestones:

  • A collaboration of a diverse group of stakeholders united with a common goal.
  • The creation of a blueprint for education reform, Nevada’s Promise—a pledge to achieve significant, positive, and transformative changes for education in Nevada.
  • Progress in changing the way we do business in education.

For more information about the Task Force, please visit http://www.nevadaracetothetop.org/

The Task Force is co-chaired by Elaine Wynn and Higher Education Chancellor Daniel Klaich.

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