The purpose of the State Superintendent’s Student Cabinet is to provide a forum for North Dakota students from different grade levels, backgrounds, cultures, school size, and areas within North Dakota. The Cabinet, which includes students in grades 3-12 from both public and non-public schools, provides Superintendent Kirsten Baesler with advice and opinions about how to improve North Dakota’s schools and the direction of state education policy. 

Cabinet meetings are held throughout the school year. Student members work collaboratively with each other, and with the Department of Public Instruction staff as needed, and express views and opinions openly, constructively, and respectfully. 

As State Superintendent’s Student Cabinet members, students will: 

  • Have a direct role in improving education for all students in North Dakota; 
  • Gain important leadership, public speaking, decision-making, and team-building skills;  
  • Develop a network of support and mentors through exposure to leaders across the state; and  
  • Have a great addition to their resume and college applications. 

Applications to be a member of the Student Cabinet in 2024-2026 are now open.  The deadline to submit your application is Friday, April 5, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CT.


2022-2024 Student Cabinet Members 

Grade level listed for the 2023-2024 school year

  • Bianca Sagness, 4th Grade, Kenmare Elementary School
  • Landon Pitner, 5th Grade, South Prairie Elementary, Minot
  • Verona Wolf, 5th Grade, Miller Elementary School, Bismarck
  • Logan Engelstad, 6th Grade, Westside Elementary, West Fargo
  • Chase Jackson, 6th Grade, Jamestown Middle School
  • Jaidyn Roder, 6th Grade, Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg, Mayville
  • Carley Bullinger, 7th Grade, Trinity Junior High, Dickinson
  • Emilie Hessinger, 7th Grade, St. Mary’s Academy, Bismarck
  • Ella Franklin, 8th Grade, Ben Franklin Middle School, Fargo
  • Chinmay Sree Gopi, 8th Grade, Ben Franklin Middle School, Fargo
  • Alexandra Ketterer, 8th Grade, Maple Valley High School, Tower City
  • Grace Arthaud, 9th Grade, South Heart High School
  • Karady Evans, 9th Grade, Scranton High School
  • Olivia Gartner, 9th Grade, Hazen High School
  • Eli Zerr, 9th Grade, Red River High School, Grand Forks
  • Inger Holdman, 10th Grade, Richland Junior-Senior High School, Colfax
  • Ann Muggli, 10th Grade, Oakes High School, Oakes
  • Nora Severance, 10th Grade, Northern Cass High School, Hunter
  • Griffin Terras, 10th Grade, Horace High School
  • Hanson Du, 11th Grade, Central High School, Grand Forks
  • Maci Iverson, 11th Grade, Leeds High School
  • Will Nelson, 11th Grade, Jamestown High School
  • Devin Wolf, 11th Grade, Northern Cass High School, Hunter
  • Zoe Bundy, 12th Grade, Davies High School, Fargo
  • Shayla Davis, 12th Grade, Devils Lake High School

Arthaud, Bundy, Franklin, Jackson, Muggli, Pitner, Terras, and Zerr have served on previous Cabinets. 

Upcoming Meetings

  • May 7, 2024

Past Meeting Agendas

Student Cabinet Past Members

21 students with the 2023-2024 Student Cabinet stand with Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on the J Wing steps of the state Capitol in Bismarck