Governor DeWine appoints student to advisory council

Governor DeWine appoints student to advisory council

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Last week Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced his appointment of 16 high school students to the Student Safety Advisory Council. A Dover High School student has made the list.

Caylee Hockenberry, a junior at Dover High School, will work alongside her peers to identify school safety concerns and develop solutions to address them. Findings from the student-based monthly council meetings will be delivered to the Governor’s Ohio School Safety Working Group to generate statewide solutions and support.

Council members also are invited to participate in the Ohio School Safety Summit Aug. 2-4 at the Columbus Convention Center to network with their peers and attend initial informational sessions on violence-prevention strategies.

“The safety of our staff and students has always been our top priority, but especially in light of recent state and national events,” said Karie McCrate, Dover City Schools superintendent. “We are so proud of Caylee and are excited to have a front-row seat to the ideas that come from the council.”

Hockenberry also will be invited to serve as a student representative on the Dover Schools Community Safety Task Force.

Hockenberry was nominated for the position by school counselor Michelle Grimm, who said, “Caylee gets the full scope of school safety. She understands that school safety is multi-dimensional and is a holistic approach that includes many stakeholders.”

The council lives under the umbrella of the Ohio School Safety Center, which DeWine created in 2019. It is housed within the Ohio Department of Public Safety and works to assist local schools, colleges and universities, and law-enforcement agencies to prevent, prepare for and respond to threats and acts of violence including self-harm.