Grace Choi is a distinguished student of Maple Ridge Secondary School who leads though her compassion for others and her unwavering commitment to a cause.
Grace found strong value in her work as a mentor of the MRSS Link Crew, where she provided guidance to new students. Grace thrives in connecting with people and determining their passions and concerns, but it is her infectious enthusiasm that draws people into action. This same leadership style was exhibited in her role on the MRSS Student Council where Grace worked as an executive member for four years. This year, Grace holds the position of Grade 12 representative.
Grace has overseen and managed large school-wide events that had many moving parts and many student volunteers, while always maintaining a thoughtful, positive and composed approach. Grace consistently demonstrates an inner conviction that leading with enthusiasm will compel others to follow that passion, and her example has been an inspiration to other students.
Grace’s work and dedication to the annual MRSS Food Drive is yet another example of her belief in leadership through service and connections to the wider community. Grace has also worked as an advocate for students in a student-led protest, where she worked at a grassroots level to communicate with students and summarize their concerns.
Core to her leadership belief is that every person matters and every person makes a difference. It is her deep-rooted passion for people and for her school that has strengthened the MRSS school community. Grace graduates this year with an exemplary academic record and as co-valedictorian with Gabe Liosis. Next year she will be attending the University of Toronto, entering the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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 2018/19 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 2019 Leaders of Tomorrow.