Caroline Well Represented at MRBT Programs and Events

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This past school year, North Caroline High School student Syncere Turner was chosen to be a member of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) Student Ambassador Program.

Ms. Turner holds a 3.75 GPA and is a member of the North Caroline High School basketball team. She also participates in MBRT’s Next Generation Scholars program, which provides personal attention, guidance and education about opportunities that can help shape the future for students. After high school, she plans to attend college and is considering a career in the athletic industry such as sports management or physical therapy. Ms. Turner had already been building leadership experience as a 2018 Maryland Leadership Workshop delegate and was honored to take on this new challenge representing her district of Caroline County.

“We are so pleased to have Syncere as a member of our 2018–2019 inaugural class,” says Nona Carroll, chief strategy officer for MBRT. “She is already a leader within her community and an effective communicator who has demonstrated the willingness to learn and take on new challenges.”

As a part of her duties, Ms. Turner was asked to participate as a featured student speaker at MRBT’s Annual Meeting, held in June at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. In a moving speech, she shared that students are eager to learn and lead, and just need to be given the opportunity to do so.

At the same event, Dr. Patricia Saelens, Superintendent of Schools, participated in a panel comprised of Maryland education and business leaders. The panel discussed the need for students, parents, educators, businesses, nonprofits and policymakers to work together and share the responsibility of preparing students to compete in an ever-evolving global marketplace. In response to a question about how educators and businesses can work together to workforce needs, Dr. Saelens stated, “In working with and listening to businesses, we heard that students need to learn soft skills so they can work collaboratively in a team, problem solve together, think critically, persevere, understand that making mistakes is a part of learning. That has been a challenge but [education and business] are on the same page now and headed in the right direction.”