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Taking Lead

SAC students deliver presentations to BVSD leadership


Preparing leaders is paramount in the Boulder Valley School District. One program that helps students develop leadership skills is the BVSD Student Advisory Committee which generates deep discussion and problem solving among the students’ biggest issues.


This group of student leaders met frequently during the 2017-18 school year, and their passion for their topics was remarkable. Some of their ideas, presented to the Board of Education along with school leadership, are now being considered for implementation.


“Board members were extraordinarily impressed,” said Marc Schaffer, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership. Schaffer facilitates the group meetings and conversations. “They had very high praise and a high level of appreciation.”


“Don’t let it go,” said Kyle Mathews, High School Principal at Peak to Peak Charter School, after watching student presentations in April. “Go back to your schools and help establish these things in your schools. Positive peer pressure will go a long way. Take those risks and you will have a following.”


Mr. Matthews was addressing a group of high school students who had just presented on college preparation, teacher-student relationships, diversity and mental health. The middle-level presentations focused on different types of learners, bullying, self-directed learning, rules with backpacks and effective consequences.


“It was a really talented group this year,” Schaffer said. “Students certainly were very interested and engaged in sharing their candid opinions about opportunities in our district. They approached it from a problem-solving standpoint and offer solutions. Our kids really authentically felt like they were heard.”


One group spoke about diversity, pointing out the difference between acceptance and tolerance -- they recommended that the District do more to promote acceptance for different types of students.


“I tolerate vegetables,” their presentation read. “We need to nurture normalization and appreciation for diversity in our schools. Including curriculum that bring up discussions about controversial topics and diversity turning negative reactions into positive moments.”


The group who brought up mental health pointed out the severe increase in children with depression, with only 34 percent of those students receiving sufficient treatment nationwide.


“Mental health is just as important as physical health,” the presentation stated. “If someone is having trouble with their kidneys you wouldn’t want them to just show up at school and act like everything is normal. In schools, mental health should be everyone’s job.”


Here are links to all of the presentations:

High school presentations

Middle school presentations



High School SAC


Arapahoe Campus

Jaycie Baca

12


Jason Schuebel

12

Boulder High School

Bergen Batey

12


Grace Chow

11


William Ramirez Lopez

10

Boulder Universal

Emily Ibarra

12


Alexandra Good

11


Deven Bynum

10

Broomfield High School

Adam Long

12


Kennedy Styer

12


Bryce Spencer

11


Riley Judd

11

Centaurus High School

Haden Pelletier

12


Adriana Iturbe

11


Maliek Swain

11


Henry Ziegert

9

Fairview High School

Tarun Amasa

10


Michelle Lee

10


Michael Crowley

12


Sierra Zeller

9

Monarch High School

Megan Banks

11


Kendall Magness

12


Connor Moore

11


Cooper Hanley

9

Nederland High School

Dylan Cantrell

12


Ellie Brewer

10


Marguerite Bradley

10

New Vista High School

Catherine Cousins

11


Asher Grusin

11


April Samaniego

11

Peak to Peak Charter

Chloe Doubrava

10


Isabelle Hettmansperger

11


Preston Brantmeyer

12

9th Grade At-Large Members

Henry Ziegert

CHS


Sierra Zeller

FHS


Cooper Hanley

MHS



Middle level SAC


Angevine Middle School

Alex Pineda

8


Chloe Young

8

Aspen Creek K-8

Arionna Folmar

8


Nate Jaramillo

8

Broomfield Heights Middle School

Ani Zielinski

8


Jack Kegerreis

7

Casey Middle School

Kimberly Tremillo-Perez

8


Kreitler Payes

8

Centennial Middle School

Lilly Huettel

8


Eduardo Castillo

8

Eldorado K-8

Ethan Hendricks

8


Millie D'Souza

8

Horizon K-8 Charter

Clara Hassan

8


Hayden Miller

8

Louisville Middle School

Kasey Gratz

8


Andrea Sanchez

8

Monarch K-8

Sahithi Govardhanam

8


Zachary Ferrera

8

Manhattan Middle

Lucca Houston

8


Leonardo 'Yair' Fernandez

8

Meadowlark

Lindsay Li-Garrison

8


Liam Sweeney

7

Nederland Middle

Paul Masters

8


Annabel Ivey

7

Peak to Peak

Bryce Li

8


Jaroldeen Oveson

8


Ellie Hein

7


Max Kaufman - Choice

6

Southern Hills Middle

Kailey Page

8


Toby Shannon

8

Summit MS

Lia Kubitschek

8


St. John Tsuno-Wayne

8