Countywide : 3 Students Are Finalists for Seat on State Board

Two Orange County high school students are among three finalists for a seat on the state Board of Education next fall.

They are John Godfrey, 16, a junior at Brea-Olinda High School, and Maryela Martinez, 15, a junior at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana Unified School District. The third finalist is Voon-Chung Wong, a student at Clovis West High School near Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley.

Gov. George Deukmejian this spring will appoint one of them to serve as the student representative on the state's policy-making body for elementary and high school education. The student nominee then must be confirmed by a vote of the state Senate.

The finalists were among 206 applicants statewide.

Brea-Olinda High's Godfrey has a straight-A grade average, is a National Honor Society member and has won special recognition for achievements in writing and science. He also is a member of the school's varsity cross-country team.

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