In an effort to ensure that students had a voice, Forrest High School principal Danny Morgan formed a Student Advisory Council at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. The council, composed of 10 students, is a mixture of many diverse groups found within the school. Some are athletes, some are academically gifted, some have tremendous artistic and musical talents, some are college bound, some plan to go into the work force after graduation, and some do not belong to any particular group. Council members meet monthly with principal Morgan to discuss issues that effect Forrest's students and to seek solutions to problems that may arise.
Since school began, council members have been asked to evaluate the procedures for starting the school year and to submit recommendations for improving the transition from the end of summer vacation to the beginning of the school year. The students have brainstormed ways in which students can be motivated to get better grades, improve school attendance, and better participate in club activities. In the coming months the council will study the problem of bullying in schools and council members will develop strategies for dealing with this problem.
Members of Forrest's Student Advisory Council are seniors Rachel Whaley, Paten Pruitt, Ronald Osborne, and Courtney Hobby; juniors Brooks Lamb and Caitlin Marino; sophomores, Alec Thornton and Emily Edwards; and freshmen, J.R. King and Alison Perivolaris.