MANCHESTER, NH – West High School junior Mariel Morel has an important responsibility that potentially impacts millions of high school students across the country. As a member of the College Board’s AP Advisory Panel on Student Opportunity, Mariel represents the student voice to guide the organization that helps students prepare for a successful transition to high education through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program.
“The College Board’s purpose is to create material for the students and it’s sometimes easy for them to forget that,” said Mariel. “I’m there to let them know how students these days study for national tests and tell them which tactics may resonate better with the student population.”
Mariel was nominated for the opportunity to join the Advisory Panel on Student Opportunity by her guidance counselor at West, Eli Glass. She is one of 16 student members who represent different regions of the country, come from various socioeconomic backgrounds, and are at different stages in their academic careers.
She is interested in studying child psychology after high school. In her free time, Mariel enjoys softball, babysitting, and helping at her church.
The panel convenes several times each year, including attendance at the AP Annual Conference and the College Board Forum and regional forums throughout the United States. Last summer, Mariel went to Las Vegas, and next summer’s meeting will be in Austin, Texas.
Mariel has already offered some valuable input to the College Board trustees.
“We brainstormed ideas to make the new SATs better and how to increase diversity in Advanced Placement participants,” she said. “I also told them about my experience with Educational Talent Search, which helps with the entire college process – from what classes to take in high school that prepare you for college, to how to pay for college.”
Mariel’s term on the advisory panel is three full years – her junior and senior years at West, plus freshman year of college – and a “rotating-off” half year, which will happen when she’s a college sophomore.