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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Student Trustee Candidates

 

Biographies

1. Erin Rebello: Mary Ward CSS

 

Erin Rebello

 

I’ve lived in Toronto since I was one, so I’ve really been with the TCDSB all my life. Over the  years, many changes have been made regarding education, and not all of them have positively impacted students. I believe that since we are the future, the youth of the TCDSB should have a loud and clear voice- which I would be honoured to provide. I love getting involved with the many aspects of my school community through leadership roles within groups such as student council and FRC Robotics. I am also a passionate member of a variety of clubs, including DECA, model UN, and my personal favourite, the school play (which just wrapped up)! Being a practicing Catholic, I’m always trying to live my faith by volunteering my time singing in my church’s choir, teaching Catechism classes, and reading for services. Even through all that I do, the teachers and students of the TCDSB have done so much for me in the past decade that I would be honoured to give back to the community. I want to use my talents to represent the students of the TCDSB, so that I can amplify their voices and opinions to the full extent of my abilities. I can promise that if I were to be the Student Trustee, I would continue to work to improve the student experience, promoting equality and equity through education, so that every student has the ability to succeed. Thank you.

 

 

2. Makeda Muluneh: Blessed Cardinal Newman

 

Makeda Muluneh 

 

My name is Makeda Muluneh, a tenth grade student at Blessed Cardinal Newman, running for the position of Student Trustee for the Toronto District School Board. I began to get involved in the TCDSB leadership community in the seventh grade and since then, I have taken part in many activities that have enhanced my leadership skills, outlook on community and global issues, as well as how to build relationships with my fellow peers. As a faith-driven and proactive individual, who uses their past experiences to better the future, my experiences in the TCDSB within the last few years has created within me a high-energy, enthusiastic, and passionate leader. I look forward to the challenge and serving the TCDSB community.

 

 

3. Bohdan Hrotovytskyy: Bishop Allen Academy

 

Bohdan Hrotovytskyy 

 

I am a Grade 10 student at Bishop Allen Academy. Through the effective usage of my time, I completed 9 high school courses with a mark of 100%, wrote 5 AP exams in grade 9 and received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. As a student of the French Immersion program, I took part in the French Public Speaking Competition and was awarded with the Bronze Medal. I won numerous academic awards such as Winner of International Mathematics Tournament of Towns; Bronze Medal for the Math League International Tournament (New Jersey, USA); Canadian Champion at Newton Mathematics Contest; the Highest Scorer in the TCDSB on the Pascal Waterloo Math Contest, on the Fryer Waterloo Math Contest, and on the Waterloo Canadian Computing Competition; part of a Harvard Math Tournament Team; in the top 3% for the OAPT Physics Grade 11 Contest; 1st place, the Platinum Award and a Scholarship in the Public Speaking Competition at the Kiwanis Festival; Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award; DECA: top 10 at the regional competition, top 10 at the provincial level in 2018, and top 3 at the regionals in 2019; BAMUN – Best Delegate in 2018 and a member of the secretariat this academic year. Throughout the course of my high school years, I have also proven that I possess a wide range of leadership skills. I am an active participant in a number of extracurricular activities linked to the school. I was a member of the SLAM (Servant, Leaders and Mentors) – Junior LIT in 2018 (our Red Team raised $9000 through local business donations, grants, and fundraisers to buy new bikes to a class of 30 Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School Grade 5 students). This year, I created and became the President of the Math and Physics Club which focuses on challenging students with advanced Math and Physics concepts. I also completed 530 volunteer hours working with kids as a volunteer ski and snowboard instructor for three years; as a teacher assistant at Spirit of Math Schools; as a volunteer at Art Works Art School; as a debate judge at the Elementary Gifted Debate Tournaments; as a Peer Tutor in Math, Physics and Chemistry for two years; and as a volunteer at various internal school events. Through my active participation in all of these roles, I have developed strong leadership qualities. I wish to inspire students to use their voice, a very powerful tool, in order to make changes in their school environment.

 

  

4. Kathy Nguyen: Madonna Catholic Secondary
 
Kathy Nguyen 
 
I am a Leadership driven STEM student. This year, I’m involved in CSLIT, CSLIT’s Social Affair Subcommittee as the secretary, and CSLIT’s Angel Foundation for Learning Subcommittee. I am the Grade 10 Representative on Madonna Student Council, a 4 time— soon to be 6 time Camp Olympia attendee and a 2018 SMILE Camp Mentor for the Water Family!

 

 

5. Grace Noonan: Notre Dame

 

Grace Noonan

 

Hi my name is Grace Noonan and I’m a grade 10 student at Notre Dame. I like running track, skiing and helping out within my school community as well as my outside of school community.

 

 

6. Sarah Dos Santos Ribeiro St. Mary C.S.S.
 

Sarah Ribeiro

My name is Sarah Ribeiro and I am a grade 10 student at St. Mary Catholic Academy. I am currently studying in the International Baccalaureate Programme, I am the Junior Representative on our student council, and I am apart of several clubs and teams in our school. Some of them being the Camp Olympia Group, Rebel Girls which is a club that focuses on women empowerment, the badminton, soccer, and track team, as well as the Stop the Stigma Group. During the summer I also volunteered to do our Summer School Transition/Leadership program which gave me a chance to collaborate with the incoming grade nine students from our school. Being apart of all these groups, I have realized that I would like to push myself further, find a team that can not only benefit myself, but many others. It was only recently that a teacher spoke to me about this opportunity and from there I really considered the doors that this position could open. Academically, I could apply to any university and have a better chance of being accepted. Spiritually, I could develop Catholic faith by helping others. Overall, I believe that this position is definitely something I would like to work for not only for myself, but for other students. I feel that I could be a great leader and voice for the students in the Toronto Catholic District School Board.