Sophia has been selected as one of MRSS’s Leaders of Tomorrow for the 2016-17 school year.
Sophia’s most fulfilling engagement is being founder and club director of the MRSS Spoken Word Society, where she leads a group who organizes spoken word events at her school.
This organization, which has hosted three tremendously successful school events as well as performed in the community, has created an enriching opportunity for students to express themselves and share their voice with others.
Sophia also participates in her school’s Model United Nations club and has attended three student conferences, most notably acting as House Leader of the Bloc Québécois in the House of Commons committee.
She has volunteered for over a year with the Canucks Autism Network where she helps lead sports and social programs as well as fundraising events for individuals with autism and their families in BC.
She has also donated time to volunteering at her local hospital and as a coach at community basketball programs. On a global level, Sophia empowers women by volunteering with an organization called Days for Girls International, where she sews and packs sustainable feminine hygiene kits for women and girls around the globe whose education and personal health are at risk due to lack of personal health resources.
These hand-sewn kits are given along with a health education class, and allow girls to stay in school when they otherwise would be homebound, providing them with opportunity and the confidence to succeed. This summer Sophia is going to Athens to compete in the global round of the World Scholars Cup, and academic competition that she and her two other teammates qualified for during the Vancouver regional round in April; at the regional round, Sophia earned the award for top overall individual scholar in the tournament. Next year Sophia will be studying behavioural neuroscience at Simon Fraser University, and plans to continue performing poetry and writing so she can one day publish a novel.
About Leaders of Tomorrow
The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District (SD42) has teamed up with the Maple Ridge News to celebrate local students who are making a difference at school and in the community. Elementary and secondary students featured as Leaders of Tomorrow were picked by their principals for making positive achievements in academics, sports, arts and community involvement.
The list is just a sample of outstanding students in the school district selected by their school during the 2016/17 school year – there are many others who were equally deserving of recognition for their exemplary achievements both inside and outside the classroom.
Every Tuesday throughout the school year, SD42 will profile a student selected as one of the 2017 Leaders of Tomorrow.