Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday appointed Hannah Rens, a sophomore student at Sioux City East High School, to the Iowa State Board of Education. Rens will serve as the non-voting student member on the board for a two-year term. The governor’s appointment is not subject to Senate confirmation. Rens’ term will run from May 1 to April 30, 2016. She replaces Edgar Thornton of Iowa City, who is graduating from Iowa City High School. “I’m pleased today to announce Hannah’s appointment to the Board of Education,” Branstad said in a statement. “Hannah’s community involvement, including civic and extra-curricular activities, demonstrates that she possesses the leadership needed to excel on the board.” The state board works with the Iowa Department of Education to provide oversight, supervision, and support for the state education system that includes all public elementary and secondary schools, nonpublic schools that receive state accreditation, area education agencies, community colleges, and teacher preparation programs.