Student Voices

WGS believes that student voice matters, and has infused student participation in this unique two and a half day conference by highlighting the incredible students in our state.  We believe that we cannot create the leaders of tomorrow without letting them lead today. 

Student attendees

Did you know that districts may bring up to ten students and two chaperones as attendees to WGS on Friday, February 22, at no charge? 

These student groups will have full access to the event including meals and sessions. See session offerings and a full agenda. On Friday from 2–3 PM, there will be a special General Session for students with speaker, Poet Ali

Poet Ali Info

If you are interested in bringing students as attendees to WGS e-mail Kathy Dundee for more information.

.Student Voices Panel

Student panel and scholarship 

A highlight of WGS is the High School Senior panel which takes place after lunch on Friday, February 22. Four incredible students have been selected from over 100 applicants to join us in Galveston and share their unique public school journey in Texas. Moderated by Paula Maddox Roalson, an attorney at Walsh Gallegos, the students will receive a travel stipend and $1,000.00 in scholarship funds from our sponsor, Walsh Gallegos

Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle, P.C.

Congratulations to our 2019 outstanding panelists!

  • Audrey Herrera, North East ISD

Audrey Herrera







  • Madison Thompson, Georgetown ISD

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  • Morgan Smith, Hawkins ISD

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  • Tia Whitman, Banquete ISD

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Student Voice sessions

Student voices logoWhile Thursday, February 21 will consist of breakout sessions focused on school governance and professional development, Friday is reserved as a day to celebrate Student Voice. WGS is proud to commit an entire day to an expanded program led by a collaboration between students and district educators. Attendees can expect to hear from student groups from the following districts:

  • Alief ISD
  • Banquete ISD
  • Bastrop ISD
  • Beeville ISD
  • Carroll ISD
  • Conroe ISD
  • Forney ISD
  • Fort Bend ISD
  • Harlingen CISD
  • Judson ISD
  • Karnes City ISD
  • Keller ISD
  • Kerrville ISD
  • La Joya ISD
  • McAllen  ISD
  • McDade ISD
  • Midlothian ISD
  • Montgomery ISD
  • Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City CISD
  • Teague ISD
  • Wharton ISD
  • Willis ISD

The students who are presenting these sessions are also invited to join our attendees at breakfast, the General Session, and lunch on Friday. These kids spend a lot of time at school, and the open seating events at WGS on Friday provide a valuable opportunity for attendees to socialize with the students and discuss what student voice looks like at their school. 

For more information about Student Voice Sessions, read our Student Voice Sessions Frequently Asked Questions (pdf).

Students inspired

NEW this year, Friday's schedule allows for two dedicated times where attendees will participate in a student-led expo. In its inaugural year, Students Inspired features ten student groups showcasing the fantastic programs and accomplishments from their district. These following districts are sending student groups to exhibit this year:

  • Austin ISD
  • Channelview ISD
  • Florence ISD
  • Lyford CISD
  • McAllen ISD
  • Midlothian ISD
  • Palestine ISD
  • Sabine Pass ISD

Student entertainment

Each year several districts are chosen to perform during theStudent entertainment conference. Groups are selected based on size, space, AV needs, and variety of performance type. This year we are pleased to announce student performances from the following districts:

  • Clear Creek ISD
  • Judson ISD
  • Caldwell ISD

If your district would like one of its groups to be considered in 2020, e-mail Kathy Dundee at for more information.

Additional information

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