Local Grade 10 student has the ear of Minister of Education

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Jacob Cedolia, Jennifer Sarlo and Karlee Reece
Jacob Cedolia is a silver medal oral presenter pictured with ADSB Chair Jennifer Sarlo and Karlee Reece who is new MSAC member.
Karlee Reece
Karlee Reece is newest member of Minister’s Student Advisory Council

The Algoma District School Board is very pleased to announce that Karlee Reece, Grade 10 student from Superior Heights, will be representing ADSB students for the 2015/2016 school year on the Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC).  The Minister’s Student Advisory Council is made of approximately sixty students from across the province who provide advice directly to the Minister of Education on a variety of topics regarding the publicly-funded education system. Karlee was selected as one of the sixty students from over 480 applicants.

Karlee has been an active student at Superior Heights.  She is a member of Student Council, Student Senate and Project ABCD (Action for Building a Community that is Drug-free).  Through ABCD she has helped to plan and implement activities for youth that are drug-free and promote “natural highs”.  As an active student herself, she recognizes that it is the engaged student voice which is more often heard than the voice of the unengaged student.  This is one of the reasons Karlee decided to apply for MSAC.

“I want to learn more about how to better engage my fellow schoolmates so that their voices are heard so that together we can make school a more engaging and welcoming place to be.  I would like to see more opportunities for learning that are connected to real-life situations and activities so that students see relevancy in what they are learning.  I believe it is important for students to feel connected to the real world through school or school work.”

Karlee and fellow members of MSAC met directly with Minister of Education Liz Sandals earlier this month in Toronto at the first of two MSAC meetings.  The council members attended a meet and greet the first evening and the next day rolled up their sleeves and got right to brainstorming and idea sharing.  MSAC will meet again with the Minister in August at a leadership camp to be held in Orillia, Ontario.

During their one-year term, council members may create sub-committees on matters of interest and meet virtually to discuss them. Karlee shared that she is already giving some thought to establishing a Student Climate Committee at her school.  She will also look forward to sharing what she learns through MSAC with the Superior Heights Link Crew and the school board’s ABCD team.  She added that she is very proud to be sharing ideas and perspectives unique to her school and the Algoma District School Board at the provincial table and is very excited about the upcoming year.

During the 2014/2015 school year, Finn Hartley a Grade 8 student from Central Algoma Intermediate School served on the MSAC.  He was particularly interested in giving a voice to students living in small, northern rural communities.