Thomas sworn in as ex officio board member, Student Senate president
September 18, 2012
Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release
At the Sept. 18 Dayton Board of Education meeting, Thurgood Marshall senior Dasina Thomas took the oath of office to become the 2012-2013 ex officio member of the board. The event marks 21 years of student leadership at the board level, serving as a voice for the district’s approximately 15,000 students.
Thurgood Marshall Principal Sharon Goins (left) swears in senior Dasina Thomas as the new ex officio member of the Dayton Board of Education and as president of this year's Superintendent's Student Senate.
Elected president of the Superintendent’s Student Senate by her fellow members, Thomas will run the bimonthly senate meetings. By virtue of her office, she also will sit with the school board at all public meetings to report the status and activities of the student senate. She will have the same rights and privileges as board members, except that she will have no official voting power and will not attend executive sessions.
Thomas, daughter of Darrell Thomas and Bethonie Jackson, participates in cheerleading, mock trial, student council, dance, and Wright STEPP. She has competed in the district science fair, won “best attorney” in mock trial competition and has been recognized for good citizenship at her school. A National Honor Society member, she currently ranks second in her class.
Kamryn Cosby, vice president for this year’s senate, is a Stivers School for the Arts senior. Daughter of Keith and Paula Cosby, she serves as a stage manager for theatre and dance, works with YMCA camps and participates in Wright STEPP. She is a recipient of the Wright STEPP Department of Excellence Award. Following her senior year, Cosby plans to attend the University of Dayton or Ohio University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering or the arts.
Courtney Downs, a Dunbar senior, is the son of Birda Hill. The National Honor Society member works a part-time job and is interested in computers and NASA. Following graduation, he plans to attend Wright State University to pursue a degree in computer science.
Shemari Hale, this year’s corresponding secretary, is a junior at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center. Daughter of Shedale Coleman and Marcus Hale, she is active in cheerleading, for her school and competitively; and is a Ponitz Honor Roll student and Superintendent’s Scholar.
Denzel Norvell, a senior at Thurgood Marshall High School, is the son of Natasha and Marcus Norvell. He is a member of the Thurgood Marshall football team and the school’s Renaissance Men academic service group. He plans to pursue studies in physical therapy following graduation and is still considering his college options.
The Superintendent’s Student Senate is comprised of representatives from each of the district’s high schools who are selected by their principals to share concerns, recommendations and interests during regular meetings with Superintendent Lori L. Ward and to initiate student-oriented programs. Senate members must carry out the mission of the senate and help to uphold a positive image for Dayton Public Schools.