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Jesus CarrilloJesus Carrillo, a Senior at the Fergus Falls Area Learning Center, met the Commissioner of Education at the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs(MAAP) state conference. Jesus was elected as a MAAP STARS state officer for the 2023/24 school year. He is representing alternative education students across Minnesota.

STARS is the student organization of MAAP. STARS stand for Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition, and Self Esteem. Jesus, along with two other officers and two leadership students, were a part of a virtual discussion with Commissioner Jett, advocating for increased mental health support for students and staff, increased funding to enable greater access to extracurricular activities, and improved facilities.

Jesus and the other MAAP Stars across the state plan to meet and testify with legislators later this month to advocate for Alternative Education and Programming.