By Dr. Ellin Booras, Principal – SHS/STEM Academy
On Saturday, November 7, 2015, three members of the Sandwich High School Class of 2016 took time out their busy schedules and presented at the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASS/MASC) Joint Conference held at the Sheraton Conference Center in Hyannis. Sandwich students were joined on a panel by students from Barnstable High School and Upper Cape Regional Technical High School.
Sarah Butler, Taylor Scheuer, and Andrew Sivco represented Blue Knight Pride with distinction. The audience was composed of superintendents and members of School Committees from all over Massachusetts. Each of out students responded to questions with confidence, clarity, and a level of poise that was recognized and appreciated by those in attendance. Questions ranged from the impact of standardized testing on the high school experience for students in Massachusetts; challenges facing adolescents on and off the Cape; programs that made a difference in their lives at Sandwich High School; and suggestions they may provide for ensuring students throughout the commonwealth receive a quality education. There were many questions about opportunities for students to develop as leaders and exercise their voice as well as inquiries as to how high schools provide personalization for students.
Their answers to all questions were exemplary. It was the category of student voice and leadership that evoked widespread appreciation and curiosity from the audience. Andrew and Sarah spoke with animated passion about their involvement in the senior mentoring program while Taylor focused on her success in starting up a gymnastics team at Sandwich High School. Each SHS ambassador had excellent examples to share in the area of student governance as they told the narrative of Blue Knight Pride from a senior’s perspective.
After the formal panel presentation, many in attendance approached Sarah, Taylor and Andrew who gracefully navigated a host of questions about how each of them was able to make a special connection with SHS.